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Paul Anastas
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Paul T. Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment. He has appointments  in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering. In addition, Prof. Anastas serves as the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. Anastas took public service leave from Yale to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency Science Advisor from 2009-2012. From 2004 -2006, Paul Anastas served as Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked from 1999-2004. Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and worked as an industrial consultant. He is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. Dr. Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability including eleven books, such as Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.


  • Green Chemistry Collaboration
    Australia 2008
    There is an active partnership between the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale and the Centre for Green Chemistry at Monash University. URL:
  • Green Technology Collaboration
    United Kingdom 2008
    There is an active partnership between the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale and the Clean Technology Group at the University of Nottingham. URL:
  • Pan-African Green Chemistry Network
    South Africa 2007
    While there are many challenges associated with delivering chemistry education in Africa, the Yale Center is focused on working with current students and faculty to promote the design and implementation of the Pan-African Green Chemistry Network to develop infrastructure and industry. This partnership was formalized with a conference held in January 2007 in Cape Town, South Africa organized by Prof. John C. Warner and will continue to develop and strengthen through research and education collaborations.

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