Dr. Meredith Williams, California Department of Toxic Substances Control: Toward a circular economy – regulatory and market drivers 🗓

Speaker: Meredith Williams, CA Dept of Toxic Substances Control
Meeting Date: Wednesday, Sept 8, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM PDT (Zoom, on the Internet)
Cost: none

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Abstract:

We are seeing unprecedented environmental disruption as we grapple with anthropogenic impacts – climate change, plastic pollution impacts, health impacts from chemical exposures, and even fracking-induced earthquakes. Although businesses and regulators are trying to respond, they do not appear to be changing with the same rapidity as environmental changes. How can market and regulatory drivers complement each other to yield solutions commensurate with our environmental challenges? What are the opportunities to more fully leverage the available drivers and what are the limitations? Movement toward a carbon-neutral, circular economy can only be accomplished when private sector and governmental actions build on one other. This talk will discuss obstacles and opportunities to address human impacts on the environment.

Bio:

Meredith joined DTSC in December 2013 as the Deputy Director of DTSC’s ground-breaking Safer Consumer Products program to lead the implementation of California’s groundbreaking Safer Consumer Products program to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products. She has expertise in research and development, product management, and operations for Fortune 500 technology, consumer product, and chemical companies including Applied Materials and 3M.

Following her work for Fortune 500 companies, she held a number of leadership positions at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, a nationally-recognized center for science in support of aquatic resource management.

Meredith strives for collaborative solutions to complex problems and has a track record of championing interdisciplinary project management approaches. She holds a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in physics from North Carolina State University.

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