Biophysical Chemist, Author & Mountaineer
Arlene Blum, PhD is a biophysical chemist, author, mountaineer, a Visiting Scholar in Chemistry at UC Berkeley and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute. The Institute brings government, industry, scientists and citizens groups together to support chemical policies to protect human health and the global environment. Blum’s research and policy work has contributed to preventing the use of flame retardants and other harmful chemicals in children’s sleepwear, furniture, electronics, and other products world-wide. Her current “mountain,” which she considers her life’s most challenging and important, is to educate decision makers in industry and government to reduce the use of entire classes of harmful chemicals.
Arlene Blum led the first American—and all-women’s—ascent of Annapurna I, considered one of the world’s most dangerous and difficult mountains, co-led the first women’s team to climb Denali, completed the Great Himalayan Traverse across the mountain regions of Bhutan, Nepal, and India, and hiked the length of the European Alps with her baby daughter on her back.
Avoid These Families of Chemicals in the Environment
May 31, 2017 from our The 2016 Global Dialogue On Waste, Video Excerpts Question: Can you help us understand which families of chemicals should be absolutely avoided in plastics and the environment?
Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals in Plastics
May 31, 2017 from our The 2016 Global Dialogue On Waste, Video Excerpts Question: What are the alternatives to toxic chemicals in plastics?
Health Impacts Of Plastic Pollution
August 23, 2016 from our The 2016 Global Dialogue On Waste, Video Panels Watch Environmental Attorney Lisa Boyle discuss the health impacts of plastic pollution with Author and Mountaineer, Arlene Blum, Marine Scientist, Abby Barrows and Stacy Malkan, Co-founder of U.S. Right to Know. This panel is organized as part of the Oceans & Plastic Pollution theme curated by Dianna Cohen of Plastic Pollution Coalition (@plasticpollutes) under the 2016 Global Dialogue on Waste organized by be Waste Wise (@bewastewise)