"NewGen Surgical's products demonstrate how even in a patient-focused, critical area of a hospital, environmental impacts of products can be reduced without compromising patient care."

Ann Blake, Ph.D

Environmental & Public Health

Ann Blake Ph.D is an independent consultant with over 23 years of experience finding safer alternatives to industrial chemicals in global manufacturing, Dr.Blake works with governments, occupational health, public health, environmental advocates, and companies to find viable alternatives to toxic chemicals in manufacturing and consumer products. Dr. Blake’s work covers toxics reduction strategies from product content screening and environmentally preferable purchasing to drafting local, national, and international legislation and chemicals policies.. Her work has included creating criteria for environmentally preferable purchasing, ecolabels and product rating systems as well as local, national and international chemicals policy reform. Current clients include the Garfield Foundation’s Cancer-Free Economy Network, the City of San Francisco’s Department of Environment, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Blue-Green Alliance, a national strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations. Dr. Blake has created curricula in green chemistry, chemicals policy and alternatives assessment for the University of California, Berkeley Extension’s professional certificate in Green Chemistry and the University of Washington’s Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences. She is a member of the Green Ribbon Science Panel created by the California legislature to advise California EPA on the implementation of California’s Safer Consumer Product regulations. Prior to consulting, Ann worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control as a hazardous waste inspector and Pollution Prevention Coordinator. Founder Rob Chase said, “ Dr. Blake is a thought leader in chemicals policy reform and a strategic thinker in efforts to create a just and sustainable global economy. We could not be more honored for her to be a part of our advisory – bringing critical insight into these complicated, emerging and important areas we are designing products around for a healthier future’. Dr. Blake has been published on numerous occasion, and along with Mark Rossi, PhD, co-director of Clean Production Action ( co-authored the Plastics Scorecard V1.0: Evaluating the Chemical Footprint of Plastics: offering the first comprehensive method for assessing and reducing chemicals of high concern in plastics.