ACS Green Chemistry Institute elects three new governing board members, chair

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011— A prominent Nottingham, N.H., scientist and long-time advocate for sustainable chemistry practices is the new Chair of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) Governing Board. In addition, three other distinguished chemists and engineers from Alaska, North Carolina and Switzerland were elected to the board.

Berkeley W. (“Buzz”) Cue, Ph.D., was elected to a two-year term and will serve as ACS GCI Board Chair through 2013. A retired Pfizer scientist, Cue began that company’s award-winning green chemistry program. He is also a founder and former co-chair of the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable, a partnership of pharmaceutical corporations united by a shared commitment to integrate the principles of green chemistry and engineering into the business of drug discovery and production.

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In addition, Cue is a founding member and advisor of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3), which is affiliated with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. He is a member of the editorial board of Green Chemistry, Letters and Reviews, and serves as an adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

“In a time of great uncertainty and tremendous global challenges, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is a powerful and effective voice for sustainability,” Cue said. “I’m confident that as we move forward, the ACS GCI will be at the forefront of worldwide efforts to promote and implement the principles of green chemistry and engineering into all aspects of the global chemical enterprise.”

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In addition to Cue, three others were elected to one-year terms on the ACS GCI Governing Board. They are:

Lauren Heine, Ph.D., a science director and partner at Clean Production Action in Juneau, Alaska, who co-chaired the buyers’ tool development subcommittee for Walmart’s Chemical Intensive Products Network. Previously, she was a fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), working in the green chemistry program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Heine earned her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University.

Concepción “Conchita” JimÉnez-GonzÁlez, Ph.D., is director and head of Engagement, Planning, Analysis and Reporting of Environment, Health and Safety at GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, N.C. She is co-chair of the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable. She previously worked as an environmental engineer for GeoEnvironmental, as researcher and professor at ITESM in Mexico, and was a visiting researcher at Pfizer and SmithKline Beecham. JimÉnez-GonzÁlez earned her doctorate in chemical engineering at North Carolina State University.

Anne P. Wallin, Ph.D., lives in Switzerland where she is director, EH&S and Sustainability, for Dow Europe, Middle East and Africa for the Dow Chemical Company. She also serves as program director for Dow’s 2015 Sustainable Chemistry Goal project team. Wallin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and was a post-doctoral fellow at G.D. Searle. Previously, she served as an external advisory board member for the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute as well as a trustee of the Midland County Education Services Agency.

Cue, Heine, JimÉnez-GonzÁlez and Wallin join current ACS GCI board members Pat N. Confalone (DuPont), 2006 Nobel Laureate Robert Grubbs (Cal Tech), James E. Hutchison (University of Oregon), David C. Long (private consultant, retired SC Johnson), Robert Peoples (director, ACS GCI), Martin A. Spitzer (World Wildlife Fund), Kent Voorhees (Colorado School of Mines), and Julie Zimmerman (Yale University).

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® works to catalyze and enable the implementation of green chemistry and engineering across the global chemical enterprise. ACS GCI organizes industrial roundtables, conducts conferences, seminars and training, maintains an international network of 26 green chemistry chapters and is leading efforts to establish the first consensus standard for greener chemicals and processes information in the United States with its partner, NSF International.