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Are the Chemicals We Encounter Every Day Making Us Sick?”, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Summer 2017
In this profile on UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), Dr. Tracey Woodruff discusses the intersection of medicine, science, and policy advocacy, and how to best integrate these disciplines to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants that affect human reproduction and development.

Green Science Policy Institute (GSPI) Launches Six Classes Video Campaign, Summer 2017
In a series of compelling short videos, GSPI shares more information about each of its six chemical classes of concern and action items for everyday consumers. GSPI frames toxics work on six classes of chemicals, instead of on individual chemicals, in order to more effectively reduce and replace entire groups of toxic chemical compounds that have similar harmful properties.

The Womb Is No Protection From Toxic Chemicals“, New York Times, Spring 2017
In this New York Times op-ed, a public health expert makes the case to increase chemical regulation that will reduce everyday exposure of toxic chemicals for children, pregnant women, and their fetuses.

Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) Launches Preservative Challenge, Spring 2017
The GC3, a cross-sectoral network promoting green chemistry in supply chains, has launched a global competition to identify innovators developing preservatives with improved environmental health and safety profiles for use in cosmetics, personal care and household products. Entrants must submit their proposals by August 24, 2017, and the challenge will award three to five cash prizes from the $175,000 prize pool, with a minimum single prize award of $25,000. 

How businesses are responding to rising demand for chemical transparency“, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Spring 2017
Clean Production Action’s Bev Thorpe details the rise of companies disclosing their chemical ingredients in response to consumer demand. She states: “The business case for knowing the chemicals in your products has now evolved to the business case for becoming publicly accountable.”

Stop Playing Whack-a-mole with Hazardous Chemicals“, Washington Post, Winter 2016 
In this Washington Post op-ed, a public health expert makes the case for regulation and innovation that removes entire families of harmful chemicals from commerce, instead of addressing one chemical at a time.

Lead in Water Action Kit Launched, Spring 2016    www.hbbf.org/test-kits-start
Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) is an alliance of scientists, nonprofit organizations and donors working to create and support initiatives that measurably reduce exposures to neurotoxic chemicals in the first thousand days of development. The “Lead in Water Action Kit” is a foundational piece in HBBF’s work to reduce children’s exposure to neurotoxic chemicals.

Safer Made Launched, Spring 2016   www.rachelsnetwork.org/safermade
Forsythia Foundation is an anchor investor in Safer Made, a new impact-driven venture capital fund that invests in high-potential companies and technologies that reduce people’s exposure to toxic chemicals. Read foundation president Alison Carlson’s call for safer alternatives to toxics through investing in Safer Made through her guest blog post with Rachel’s Network, a community of women at the intersection of environmental advocacy, philanthropy, and leadership.