Northwest Green Chemistry builds on its staff’s track records of stakeholder engagement and cutting edge program development in nonprofit organizations and experience creating practical, market-shifting tools. Our core strengths in green chemistry and engineering research, combined with our role as a trusted third-party facilitator of stakeholder collaborations drives meaningful change toward solutions that 1) preserve natural capital, 2) are safe and sustainable across the product life cycle, 3) align and leverage different types of policy instruments, and 4) actively engage stakeholders to ensure equity.
Lauren Heine, PhD
Dr. Lauren Heine applies the principles and practices of green chemistry, green engineering and multi-stakeholder collaboration leading to systemic changes and innovation to enhance human and environmental health. She co-authored and led the development of GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals, the leading method for comparative chemical hazard assessment currently used by a growing number of NGOs, governments and manufacturers of products ranging from chemicals to electronics, apparel and footwear. For the OECD, she drafted Policy Principles for Sustainable Materials Management. Lauren is currently serving on the Apple Green Chemistry Advisory Board, which is tasked with advancing Apple's efforts to minimize or eliminate toxins from its products and supply chain. Lauren served on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel and worked closely with the USEPA Design for the Environment Program (DfE) and stakeholders to develop the DfE Criteria for the Safer Choice Program and Criteria for Alternatives Assessment. She served as technical advisor for the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Alternatives Assessment Guide and co-chaired the buyers tool development subcommittee for Wal-Mart’s Chemical Intensive Products Network. From 2003-2007, Lauren created and led the development of CleanGredients™, a web-based information platform for identifying greener cleaning chemicals in partnership with DfE. Lauren co-founded the Zero Waste Alliance in Portland, OR. Prior to that, Lauren was a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Green Chemistry Program at the US EPA and taught Organic Chemistry labs at Bowdoin College. Lauren publishes and speaks frequently on green chemistry metrics, alternatives assessment and science-based multi-stakeholder processes. As an author for the university textbook, Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3rd ed., she integrated sustainability and green design concepts into the Environmental Engineering curriculum. Lauren earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.
Mark Buczek, M.S., M.B.A
Mark Buczek joined Northwest Green Chemistry in April of 2017 after a career in the chemical industry with major companies Akzo Nobel and FMC. He brings a sincere interest in Green Chemistry along with years of commercial implementation experience. Mark has held numerous senior management positions in industry including Director - Global Sales & Marketing, V.P. Business Development, V.P. Government Affairs and V.P. Regulatory Affairs. He holds 2 U.S. patents, 1 of which was successfully commercialized while at Akzo Nobel. He has been a Steering Committee member for EPA Design for the Environment projects and has been on the Board of several industry trade associations. Mark received his M.S. degree from Columbia University in Sustainable Development and an M.B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago. He currently serves as President of the Alumni Board for Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
Amelia Nestler, PhD
Dr. Amelia Nestler brings to Northwest Green Chemistry her background in biochemistry research, teaching and event management. Amelia serves NGC’s mission to enhance human and environmental health via green chemistry and engineering by leading NGC’s webinar series for green technology entrepreneurs, performing research on diverse green chemistry and engineering subjects, and contributing to project and program development and the operational management of the organization. Previously, Amelia supported GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals at Clean Production Action by presenting at workshops in the green building sector and developing materials for on-line training courses. Amelia earned her doctorate in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.A. in Biochemistry at Lewis & Clark College.