Dr. Lauren Heine applies green chemistry, green engineering, alternatives assessment and multi-stakeholder collaboration to develop tools that result in safer and more sustainable chemical products and processes. Her work with ChemFORWARD builds on prior experience developing GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals, a pioneering method for chemical hazard assessment to enable informed substitution; and CleanGredients™, a web-based information platform for identifying greener chemicals for use in cleaning products; both tools designed to scale access to information needed to develop materials and products that are safe and circular. Lauren worked closely with the US EPA Safer Choice Program (formerly Design for the Environment (DfE)) to facilitate development of ingredient and hazard criteria for the Safer Choice Program and served on Steering and Technical Committees for the DfE Alternatives Assessment Partnerships.
For the OECD, Lauren drafted Policy Principles for Sustainable Materials Management and Considerations and Criteria for Sustainable Plastics from a Chemicals Perspective. She served on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel and co-chairs the Apple Green Chemistry Advisory Board, tasked with helping to integrate green chemistry into Apple’s products and supply chain. Lauren advised the technical development of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Alternatives Assessment Guide and the WA Alternatives Assessment Guide. She began her career as a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the Green Chemistry Program at the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Lauren earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University. She taught chemistry labs at Bowdoin College and was adjunct faculty in the Center for Engineering Design & Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga University.