Toxicology and Societies Presents: Intersection Between Building Materials, Toxics, and Climate Change

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Online: Zoom



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Institute of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, WWU Alumni Association


Check out this video to watch the Toxicology and Societies Presents: Intersection Between Building Materials, Toxics, and Climate Change.

Embodied carbon and Material health in building materials - at odds or aligned? Who would win in a tug of war? Team safer materials or team low carbon products? What if, instead of competing, these two powerhouses worked together? In our upcoming webinar, attendees will hear from experts about the key drivers of material health and embodied carbon using flooring products (carpet and resilient flooring) and drywall products as examples. We will translate those drivers into actionable guidance for project teams to select healthy, low carbon products.

More information about the speaker series is available, as are all past Toxicology and Societies recordings.


Teresa McGrath has a warm smile, white skin, and shoulder length brown hair. She wears a grey sleeveless dress.

Teresa McGrath, Speaker

Teresa McGrath, Chief Research Officer, leads HBN's Research and Education strategies. With prior experience in government, NGO and industry, she brings a wealth of holistic knowledge and multi-sector experience to our team. Teresa led the Chemical Management Program for Sherwin-Williams, the largest paints and coatings company in the world, where she focused on hazards reduction and transparency, and assisted business units in meeting sustainability and green chemistry goals. She also spent nine years as the Senior Managing Toxicologist at NSF International's Green Chemistry Programs, and two years at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Design for the Environment (DfE) Branch of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT).

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Ruth Sofield, Co-Host

Ruth Sofield is a Professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry in the College of the Environment. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Ruth's research group focuses on the effects of water and air pollution. Their current projects include the aquatic toxicity of microplastic and tire wear particles, and the use of moss as a biomonitoring tool for particulate matter. Ruth is a member of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel and the President of the Pacific Northwest Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Tracy Collier is a caucasian male, with short brown hair and wire-rimmed glasses. He is smiling faintly and wears a casual black polo shirt.

Tracy Collier, Co-Host

Tracy Collier received his Ph.D. in Fisheries Sciences from the University of Washington. He has worked for over 45 years as a toxicologist, with more than 35 of those years spent at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, where he served as the director of a science division that employed up to 100 people, covering several disciplines, including environmental toxicology, analytical chemistry, harmful algal blooms, and watershed processes. He has over 175 scientific publications, and currently is an affiliate faculty at Western.

Accommodations and Other Details

Contact the WWU Alumni Association for this event by calling (360) 650-3353 or emailing

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