Paul Anastas, PhD.
Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering, Yale University
Paul Anastas is the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale University and Professor in the Practice of Green Chemistry at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The objective of the Center’s research is to achieve increased understanding of the molecular basis of sustainability. Immediately prior to his current appointment, Paul was Director of the Green Chemistry Institute at the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C. Until June of 2004 he served as Assistant Director for Environment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where his responsibilities included a wide range of environmental science issues including furthering international public-private cooperation in areas of Science for Sustainability such as Green Chemistry. Prior to coming to OSTP in October of 1999, Dr. Anastas served as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 1989. During that period he was responsible for regulatory review of industrial chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act and the development of rules, policy and guidance. In 1991, he established the industry-government-university partnership Green Chemistry Program, which was expanded to include basic research, and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Prior to joining the U.S. EPA, he worked as an industrial consultant to the chemical industry in the development of analytical and synthetic chemical methodologies. Dr. Anastas received his M.A. and Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from Brandeis University and his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.