Michael P. Wilson has been a member of the Switzer Network since receiving a Switzer Foundation fellowship in 2002. He is on the cutting edge of the emerging field of green chemistry. A product of the environmental health sciences program at the School of Public Health (M.P.H. ’98, Ph.D. ’03), he has been a research scientist at the school’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health since receiving his doctorate. He was the lead author of a 2006 report (Green Chemistry in California: A Framework for Leadership in Chemicals Policy and Innovation) that challenged the state to make a turnaround and come from behind much of the industrialized world in its policies and begin to set the pace within the U.S. That work helped kickstart the State of California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, and Wilson has served as an advisor to the California EPA and to the Speaker of the Assembly. With a continuing grant from the Switzer Foundation, he is serving as executive associate director of UC Berkeley’s new Center for Green Chemistry, the nation’s first major academic program to advance green chemistry through interdisciplinary scholarship. In this video interview (below) with Switzer Network News, Wilson talks about the 74 billion pounds of industrial chemicals that enter the U.S. daily, many of which are toxic, and how they will impact life on earth.


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