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IPEN Executive Committee Member Ken Geiser presented with the “Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award"
Dr. Geiser has been presented with the “Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award” from the Environmental Health Strategy Center (EHSC) in Maine, United States. The award marks his outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of environmental health regionally and nationally. Michael Belliveau, Executive Director of the EHSC and a co-founder of the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, presented the award at the 2015 Annual Celebration for Healthy Families, which was co-hosted by EHSC and Prevent Harm.
As EHSC explains: "The award is given in honor of the late Frank Hatch of Castine, Maine who served as Minority Leader in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where in 1965 he authored the first wetlands protection act in the United States, commonly known as the Hatch Act. Following a highly regarded political career, Mr. Hatch championed and led nationally renowned environmental campaigns to protect Maine’s environment and public health. Frank’s leadership helped create the Environmental Health Strategy Center in 2002 and launch the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine in 2003."
Dr. Geiser is a Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Geiser is one of the authors of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and served as Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute from its founding in 1990 until 2003. His research and writing focus on pollution prevention and cleaner production, toxic chemicals management, international chemicals policy, safer technologies, and green chemistry, and, in 2001, he completed a book, Materials Matter: Towards a Sustainable Materials Policy, published by MIT Press. As a recognized expert on environmental and occupational health policy, he has served on various advisory committees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Nations Environment Programme. He recently released a new book: Chemicals without Harm: Policies for a Sustainable World.