Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 8:30am

Due to low numbers of registrations, this event is CANCELLED. We will be exploring options for either rescheduling the workshop or looking at other alternatives. We will post information on our web site ss soon as a decision is made on how to proceed.  

Join Us in New York at Rochester Institute of Technology

Safe Products, Made Safely: Tools for Businesses

This full day workshop will provide a framework for evaluating the best approaches and tools for your business in meeting goals to eliminate or reduce the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products and processes throughout the supply chain. Increasingly businesses are recognizing the value and cost savings from reducing toxic inputs, including regulatory compliance, reduced liability, and meeting consumer demand for safer products.  The workshop will cover the regulatory landscape and other drivers for safer chemistry, as well as specific tools designed to meet business needs for hazard assessment, life cycle assessment and alternatives assessment.  

See our draft agenda HERE 

Workshop Presenters:

  • Ben Bezark (Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute)

Ben Bezark is Certification Manager at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the nonprofit institute that administers the Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM) Products program. Cradle to Cradle Certification evaluates products based on criteria related to material health, material reutilization, use of renewable energy, water stewardship, and social fairness. Ben has helped manage the transition of the certification program to the Institute over the past two years, including work on publication of the standard, policies relating to the certification program, and development of systems to support the daily operations of the program.

  • Sean Burek (The Wercs) 

Sean Burek is a consultant with experience using automation technology to assess the potential hazards within a chemical containing product. GreenWERCS uses a comprehensive database of chemical lists to score a product based on relative criteria set by the user. The program is designed to adapt to the changing regulatory environment and incorporate chemical data from any source. This flexible approach allows for unlimited scoring methods that vary depending on the types of lists and chemical information used to assess the product(s).

  • Lin Kaatz Chary, PhD, MPH (Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network)

Lin Kaatz Chary, MPH, PhD - A resident of Northwest Indiana, Chary has over 25 years experience in environmental and occupational health issues, with a focus on human exposures to toxic chemicals. As a steelworker at U.S. Steel, Gary Works, and member of USWA Local 1014, she was active in health and safety issues in the mill. She was the first executive director of the Grand Cal Task Force, a multi-stakeholder grassroots environmental organization from 1986-1988. Since 1998, she has worked with a broad diversity of environmental organizations. In 1992, she received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and in 2001 she was awarded a Ph.D. in Public Health from UIC SPH, following her dissertation on congener specific PCB analysis in an occupational setting. Chary currently works with the Gary (IN) CARE Partnership as the project environmental health coordinator, and teaches on labor and environmental issues in the Labor Studies Division of Indiana University.


  • Victoria DeYoung (Xerox Corporation)

Victoria Deyoung has worked for Xerox for over twenty years.  She graduated from Clarkson University with a Bachelors in Physics and from RIT with a Master’s in Business Administration.  Victoria started her career in Research at Xerox as a magnetics design engineer.  Eight years and three patents later she joined the Environmental Health and Safety group.   Recent work has focused on a set of sustainability efforts including the development of various tools to aid the corporation and its customers with Life Cycle Assessments and Life Cycle thinking.  In her spare time, Victoria enjoys volleyball, golf, yoga and watching her kids play hockey and lacrosse. 

  • Pam Eliason (Toxics Use Reduction Institute)

Pam Eliason is the Senior Associate Director and Industry Research Program Manager at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute. Ms. Eliason was a lead researcher and author of the Institute’s Five Chemicals Alternatives Assessment Report, which was commissioned by the Massachusetts Legislature to evaluate the availability of technically and economically feasible safer alternatives to five specified chemicals. Pam focuses on assessing and promoting the adoption of safer alternatives to toxic chemicals used in Massachusetts and around the world, and disseminating information on examples of successful implementation of cleaner technologies in industry.

  • Melanie Marshall (Eastman Kodak Company)

Melanie is the Director of Product Stewardship for Eastman Kodak Company.  She has worked in the Health, Safety and Environment organization for 13 years, experienced in the development and implementation of regulatory and sustainability strategies for new products in both commercial and consumer businesses.  As Director of Product Stewardship she is responsible for the programs that minimize the risk for product non-compliance and supporting the design and marketing of sustainable products and services. She also serves as the Manager of Kodak’s Corporate Environmental Management System that provides direction and oversight to the company’s EMS with emphasis on environmental policy, strategy, initiatives and metrics. 

Melanie resides in Webster, New York with her husband and two teenage sons.   She is also President-Elect of Women’s Forum of Kodak Employees (WFKE), whose mission is to promote excellence and facilitate diversity by providing development opportunities for women, and creating a positive environment for growth.  

  • Mark Rossi, PhD (Biz-NGO Work Group, Clean Production Action)

Dr. Mark Rossi is the co-director of Clean Production Action and chair of BizNGO. He founded BizNGO in 2006 and led BizNGO’s development of the Principles for Safer Chemicals, Principles for Sustainable Plastics, Chemical Alternatives Assessment Protocol, and The Guide to Safer Chemicals. Dr. Rossi is co-author of Clean Production Action’s GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals as well as the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production’s Framework for Alternatives Assessment. Mark’s doctorate is in Environmental Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Jason Salfi (Comet Skateboards)

Jason Salfi is the President and Co-founder of Comet Skateboards.  Comet Skateboards is a founding B Corporation focused on building the best skateboards on the planet without compromising the futures of the people who ride them.   Salfi is widely known as a leader in the action sports industry and beyond for the triple bottom line innovations and  business practices he has pioneered with Comet Skateboards.  “Beyond making skateboards that rip, the work that I do with Comet is designed to inspire people to inspire themselves and be easily replicated by the business leaders and young people that I come in contact with.  Comet is here to serve as the next generation's open source think tank for thrivability". Salfi's work has been featured by Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, Good Magazine, Inc Magazine (Cover story),  ID Magazine (Cover Story - the world’s first Crowd Sourced Skateboard), Entrepreneur Magazine, Concrete Wave, Clam, NY Times,  and several more. While running Comet Skateboards, Salfi has consulted for several non-profits and businesses over the last 15 years including MBDC, Earth Island Institute, Level 2 Industries, and the Hood Games specializing on operations ranging from supply chain innovations and HRM to aligning values and community building with profitability.       


Cosponsored by:

  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network
  • New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • American Sustainable Business Council
  • Atlantic States Legal Foundation
  • Clean and Healthy New York
  • Just Green Partnership
  • New York State Sustainable Business Council
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • University of Buffalo, Department of Chemistry

Location and Directions: 

The workshop will be held in Room 2240 of the Louise Slaughter Building #78 (CIMS)

Please follow the link for driving directions: www.rit.edu/maps/.  A campus map may be found at the following link: http://facilities.rit.edu/campus/maps/general/generalmedium.gif. Once you arrive on campus, follow signs to the Louise Slaughter Building #78 (CIMS).  Park in Parking Lot “T”, go up the stairs by the big steel pillars and continue straight ahead along the sidewalk to the glass atrium main entrance.  Once in the CIMS building, take either the elevator or the stairs to the second floor.  Turn right and then another immediate right to Room 2240.

 If you need assistance finding the room, please call Bonnie at 585-475-2512.


Hotel Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport: (585) 475-1910 (ask for the RIT workshop rate)

This workshop is supported by a 2012 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Grant by U.S. EPA.


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