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This certificate program provides professionals with new tools for incorporating chemical
toxicity and human health considerations into product design, materials selections and supply chain decision-making. The courses focus on sustainability business models and green chemistry principles to prevent and reduce pollution at the source. Program participants may register for all 3 courses at one time, or register at least 2 weeks before the start of each course. During this 3-course program, you will explore:

  • Business drivers and barriers to implementing sustainable practices
  • Frameworks for incorporating chemical toxicity and human health considerations into
    product design, material selections, and supply chain decision-making
  • The 12 guiding principles of green chemistry
  • Environmental, economic, and societal benefits of green chemistry
  • Latest research and regulatory developments in the field
  • New tools for chemical design and methods for comparative chemical hazard

Coming soon - new courses available in 2025

3 required courses:

COURSE I: Sustainability, Toxicology, and Human Health 

September 25, 2023 - December 8, 2023 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5

Overview of fundamental principles of toxicology, human health, and material science. Participants will review their own business’ sustainability drivers and barriers while investigating the health and environmental hazards that contribute to human disease.

COURSE II: Principles of Green Chemistry 

January 2, 2024 - March 8, 2024 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5

Fundamental principles of green chemistry, including the human and ecological reasons for considering less toxic alternatives and the various green applications to chemical design. overview of new tools and cutting edge research for the design of 21st century chemicals that minimize hazards to health and the environment.

COURSE III: Assessment Tools for Safer Chemical Decisions 

March 25, 2024 - May 31, 2024 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5

Decision-making tools and methods used for comparative chemical hazard assessments. Participants will have an opportunity to use these tools through the completion of a culminating project.


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This certification program is endorsed by the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4)


Catherine Rudisill, MS, PMP

Founder & Principal, Safer Chemistry Advisory LLC

Catherine Rudisill has 18 years experience providing expert research and consulting services. During her tenure at SRC's globally-recognized Environmental Health Analysis group, she worked with clients such as the U.S. EPA, National Library of Medicine, Washington Department of Ecology, and commercial organizations. In 2022, she founded her own environmental consulting firm dedicated solely to sustainable and safer chemicals. For 10 years she worked with the U.S. EPA Safer Choice Program, one of the most impactful eco-labels on the market. She supported various Safer Choice initiatives, notably the publication and expansion of the Safer Chemical Ingredients List. She has a BS in Chemistry from Shippensburg University, a MS In Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, Certification in Sustainable Capitalism and ESG from Berkely Law, plus additional training in the assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals.


Karolina MellorKarolina Mellor, PhD

Program Director, Global Green Chemistry Innovation and Network Program, Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering

Dr. Karolina Mellor oversees all education, outreach and international partnerships at the Center. Before coming to Yale in 2014, Karolina received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Virginia. She also worked at the University Innovation Licensing and Ventures Group where she evaluated patent strategies and explored commercial potential of technologies developed at the university. Now, Dr. Mellor oversees the Yale-UNIDO collaboration that brings green chemistry to practitioners in emerging economies around the globe.  She works with industry, academia and governments to advance dissemination green chemistry and sustainability. Outside of the lab, Karolina is an avid runner, salsa dancer and a foodie. She also loves sci-fi and fantasy in any shape or form.

Recorded Info Session with Karolina Mellor


Richard Morgan, MS

Senior Process Chemist, Modumetal

Richard Morgan is a senior process chemist at Modumetal, where he works with research, development and scale-up of metal coatings and surface-finishing processes of advanced nanotech coating systems. Previously, as a chemist at Boeing Defense, Space & Security and senior chemist at Aerojet Rocketdyne, Morgan developed and characterized aerospace propellants and fire suppression systems and maintained metal finishing and surface coatings for space vehicles. Since 2006, he has taught introductory chemistry classes at Lake Washington Technical College, advising on councils for energy and science technician and engineering technician degrees. Morgan is the principal for Rick Morgan Technical Consulting.

“Knowing which [selection] tools work best and knowing how to use them can be really effective in building the business case for chemical selection.”

- Rick Morgan, MS

Recorded Info Session with Rick Morgan


Ben Packard, MBA

Harriet Bullitt Endowed Executive Director, EarthLab, University of Washington

Ben Packard serves as the Harriet Bullitt Endowed Executive Director of EarthLab at the University of Washington, an initiative that harnesses the power of collaboration to tackle thorny environmental challenges including climate change, ocean health, natural hazards and healthy ecosystems. Ben is responsible for working strategically within and beyond the University to promote new learning and action to address environmental challenges by building relationships between the University and public, private and nonprofit sectors. Before coming to EarthLab, Ben served as the Global Managing Director of Corporate Engagement at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In this senior management role, Ben was accountable for TNC’s overall corporate engagement strategy in service of the mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. From 1998-2013 Ben worked at Starbucks Coffee Company, serving as vice president, Global Responsibility from 2008-2013. He was part of the original team at Starbucks that established the world-class sustainability strategy for the company. Ben received a BA in History (1989) from Kenyon College an MBA & Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Washington Foster School of Business (1998).


Nancy Simcox, MS

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Science, University of Washington

Director, Occupational Safety and Health Continuing Education Programs

Affiliate Instructor, Nursing and Health Studies, University of Washington – Bothell

Nancy Simcox, MS, is a Lecturer and the Director of the Continuing Education Programs for the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. She develops and delivers research-based education programs for practicing professionals, including industrial hygienists, physicians, nurses, safety engineers and others in the environmental, health and safety field. Ms. Simcox has over 25 years of experience as a research industrial hygienist at both the UW Field Research and Consultation Group and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health, where she conducted workplace site visits; designed exposure assessment protocols for evaluation, intervention and research; and performed data reduction and statistical analysis for health-based research projects. Ms. Simcox is also an Affiliate Instructor, Nursing and Health Studies, University of Washington – Bothell.


Britt Weldon, PhD

Senior Toxicologist, Boeing

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Environmental &
Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

Dr. Britt Weldon is a Toxicologist at Boeing where she provides chemical safety and human health expertise and support to Boeing’s aerospace manufacturing factory operations, engineering, research and development, and chemical policy and compliance teams. Dr. Weldon completed her PhD in Toxicology and Environmental Health at the University of Washington in 2016 where she investigated the toxicity of nanoparticles in biological systems. She specializes in human health risk assessment, public policy, safer chemical alternatives, and public engagement with science.


Kevin Laycock headshotKevin Laycock, MBA

Energy and Climate Advisor, Brailsford & Dunlavey, Inc.

Kevin Laycock is an Energy and Climate Advisor at Brailsford & Dunlavey, Inc. where he provides in-depth analysis of complex energy strategic planning decisions, climate action planning, carbon mitigation strategy as well as the development of analytical tools used to meet those goals, for clients in higher education and commercial enterprises. Prior to his work at Brailsford & Dunlavey, Kevin founded EcoFAB, LLC, an energy auditing and home performance retrofit service that worked with municipal, commercial, residential, and tribal clients throughout the PNW.   He has also served on the Board of the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (Seattle based 501.c3) for over 10 years to help develop their sustainable business networking programs.  Kevin received his BS in Physics from the University of Connecticut, an MA In International Studies, with a focus on China, from the University of Washington and an MBA with a focus on Sustainable Business Practices from the Presidio Graduate School.