Green Labs Committee Meeting feat. the United States Environmental Protection Agency!

Date(s) - 02/24/2015
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building

Environmental impacts of using toxic chemicals in conducting laboratory research

Free coffee! Don’t forget your reusable mug!

Come to the first Green Labs Committee meeting of 2015 and learn all about the environmental impacts of conducting research using toxic chemicals. We are proud to welcome speakers Michael Gonzalez and George Schupp of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The Green Labs Committee is open to anyone that is interested in making a positive impact with their research- students, faculty, and staff!

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Speaker bios:

Michael Gonzalez Ph.D., Chief Systems Analysis Branch, National Risk Management Research Lab, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Michael is currently the Branch Chief for the Systems Analysis Branch in the Sustainable Technology Division. His branch performs research in the areas of Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Impact Assessment, Industry Ecology and Sustainable Chemistry. Michael has also served as the Senior Advisor of Green Chemistry to the Office of Research and Development (ORD) and was responsible for integrating Green Chemistry into the ORD research portfolio.

Trained as a catalyst and synthetic inorganic chemist, Michael’s research interests have focused on the design of green chemical synthesis routes. More recently his interests have moved into the intersection of chemistry and chemical engineering. This includes the development of process intensified chemical pathways and using novel chemical reactor systems to influence chemical route design. Michael is also a co-inventor of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s GREENSCOPE tool which can evaluate a chemical synthesis or process for its sustainability value in the areas of environment, efficiency, energy and economics. Michael has published articles in the subject area of sustainability, green chemistry, green engineering and sustainability indicators for chemical processes.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Texas – El Paso in 1992. He then went on to pursue his Doctorate in the area of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Florida, under the direction of Professor Russell S. Drago.

George Schupp, Deputy Director Chicago Regional Laboratory, United States Environmental Protection Agency

George is the Deputy Director of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Chicago Regional Laboratory (CRL).  CRL is responsible for analyzing environmental samples of air, water, soil and sediment in support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency programs.  George has served as a Quality Assurance Chemist, QA Supervisor and Regional QA Manager in United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Regions 5.  George has extensive laboratory audit experience as a Drinking Water Certification Officer.

George has assisted his United States Environmental Protection Agency laboratory with the implementation of ISO 17025 and ILAC G-19 accreditations for calibration and forensic laboratories, respectively.  He is also the laboratory contact for the United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Management System which is based upon ISO 14001 standards.  George’s laboratory has implemented a number of green chemistry techniques over the past 10 years.

George earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Niagara University in 1978.  He then completed a Master of Science degree from the University of Kansas in 1983. 


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