Staff

Lauren Heine, Executive Director

Lauren Heine, Executive Director

Lauren Heine, PhD

Executive Director

Dr. Lauren Heine applies green chemistry, green engineering and multi-stakeholder collaboration to the development of products and processes.  Lauren led development of both GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals, a method for chemical hazard assessment increasingly used worldwide and CleanGredients™, a web-based information platform for identifying greener chemicals in cleaning products. Lauren serves on the Apple Green Chemistry Advisory Board, which is tasked with helping to integrate green chemistry into Apple’s products and supply chain. For the OECD, she drafted Policy Principles for Sustainable Materials Management.   Lauren served on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel.  For the US EPA, she helped develop criteria for the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Choice and Alternatives Assessment Programs. Lauren was technical advisor to the development of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Alternatives Assessment Guide and the WA Alternatives Assessment Guide. Lauren earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University. She was a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the Green Chemistry Program at the US Environmental Protection Agency and is currently adjunct faculty at Gonzaga University.

 
Mark Buczek, Director

Mark Buczek, Director

Mark Buczek, M.S., M.B.A

Director

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, Project Manager

Amelia Nestler, Project Manager

Amelia Nestler, PhD

Project Manager

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.