Paul T. Anastas
Paul Anastas, 2014
|Alma mater||University of Massachusetts Boston, Brandeis University|
Paul T. Anastas (born May 16, 1962 in Quincy, Massachusetts) is an American scientist, inventor, author, entrepreneur, professor, and public servant. He is the Director of Yale University's Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Previously he served as the Science Advisor to the United States Environmental Protection Agency as well as the Agency's Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, appointed by President Barack Obama.
Anastas is known widely as the "Father of Green Chemistry" for his work on the design and manufacture of chemicals that are non-hazardous and environmentally benign. He is also a champion of sustainability science and innovation for environmental protection.
Anastas has brought worldwide attention to the power of molecular design to help the environment. He has published scores of articles as well as ten books, including his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. Their 12 Principles of Green Chemistry are the basis for high school, college and graduate programs around the world and have significantly altered the landscape of the chemicals industry in the United States and other countries.
Anastas began his career as a staff chemist at the EPA, where he coined the term "Green Chemistry" and launched the field's first research program. He went on to co-found the Green Chemistry Institute in 1997 at the American Chemical Society and served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1999 to 2004, where he concluded service as Assistant Director for the Environment. Anastas returned to EPA in 2009 as the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) and the Science Advisor to the Agency, resigning from those positions in February 2012 to return to Yale and his family. In his role as Assistant Administrator, he worked to engage scientists, engineers, and stakeholders across EPA, the federal government, and the scientific community to unify around the common goal of sustainability. He co-founded the chemical manufacturing company, P2 Science in 2011, the catalysis company, Catalytic Innovations in 2017, and Inkemia Green Chemicals in 2017. Anastas is currently the Director of Yale University's Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, where he holds the Theresa and H. John Heinz chair in Chemistry for the Environment.
Anastas was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts. He developed an interest in science and environmental issues after witnessing the wetlands behind his childhood home get bulldozed and destroyed for a development project. When he was nine years old he received an “Award of Excellence” from President Richard Nixon for his “outstanding achievements in environmental protection” for his essay on the founding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As a teenager in Quincy, Anastas met and developed a close friendship with fellow green chemist John Warner. The pair have since co-authored several scientific papers and books, including the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Anastas retains a noticeable Boston accent and is a devoted fan of his hometown baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.
Anastas and his work have been featured in several popular media outlets, including:
- The New York Times: Green Chemistry Guru Charting New Course at EPA 
- WHYY Radio Times: Paul T. Anastas the Father of Green Chemistry
- Nature: Chemistry: It's Not Easy Being Green 
- Yale Scientific: Paul Anastas: A Power Player in the Global Chemical Industry 
- Living on Earth: Sustainable Science at EPA 
- Market Place: EPA Scientist Advocates Green Chemistry
- Chemical & Engineering News: Mr. Sustainability Goes to Washington
Anastas is known for delivering energetic, engaging public talks that challenge audience members to think differently about environmental challenges. His speeches have been called "thought provoking", "inspiring", and "optimistic". He has been featured as a keynote speaker at several prestigious meetings, conferences and events, including:
- The American College and University President's Climate Commitment Summit
- The Joseph Priestley Lecture at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
- The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Roundtable
- The Albemarle Lecture on Sustainability at Louisiana State University
- The State of Green Business Forum
- The Distinguished Borlaug Lecture at NC State University
Anastas has been recognized for his work with several awards, including:
- 2018: Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
- 2017: US Environmental Protection Agency Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2017: Italian Chemical Society, Silver Seal Medal
- 2017: Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer
- 2016: Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, Frontier in Research Award
- 2016: Royal Society of Chemistry, Green Chemistry Award
- 2016: Honorary Doctorate of Science in Chemistry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
- 2015: Emanuel Merck Lectureship Prize
- 2012: Wöhler Prize, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
- 2012: Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award
- 2012: Brandeis University Alumni Achievement Award
- 2011: The Rachel Carson Environmental Award from the Natural Products Association
- 2008: The Annual Leadership in Science Award (with John Warner) from the Council of Scientific Society Presidents
- 2007: The John Jeyes Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry
- 2006: The 12th Annual Heinz Award for the Environment 
- 2005: The Scientific American 50 Award for Policy Innovation 
- 2004: The Inaugural Canadian Green Chemistry Award
- 2002: The Greek Chemical Society Award for Contributions to Chemistry
- 2001: Recognized by President George W. Bush for “Distinguished Service on September 11, 2001” noting his “dedicated service to the White House and the Executive Office of the President following the attack on the United States of America” while he was serving in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
- 1999: The Nolan Sommer Award for Distinguished Contributions to Chemistry
- 1999: The Joseph Seifter Award for Scientific Excellence
- 1998: The Vice President's Hammer Award for reinventing government recognizing his work in establishing the U.S. Green Chemistry Program.
- 1991: President H.W. Bush’s Point-of-Light Award for volunteer service
- David E. Newton: Chemistry of the Environment. Infobase Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1-438-10974-9, p. 185.
- Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale
- Anastas EPA Bio
- Brandeis Now News Article
- "ACS Green Chemistry at a Glance" Archived 2012-03-23 at the Wayback Machine
- Anastas Article on Molecular Design
- Anastas Book List
- John Warner Bio Archived 2010-01-29 at the Wayback Machine
- Green Chemistry Education Programs
- GreenBiz Article on Green Chemistry
- Yale Scientific: Paul Anastas: A Power Player in the Global Chemical Industry
- Green Chemistry Institute Website
- C&EN: Mr. Sustainability Goes to Washington
- "Green Chemistry Guru Charting New Course at EPA". The New York Times.
- OnEarth: Pure Chemistry
- "Radio Times Interview: Paul T. Anastas the Father of Green Chemistry". Archived from the original on 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
- Nature: Chemistry: It's Not Easy Being Green
- Living on Earth Interview: Sustainable Science at EPA
- Market Place Interview: EPA Scientist Advocates Green Chemistry Archived 2011-05-07 at the Wayback Machine
- Thinking Differently
- University of Leeds: Industrial Club Talk Archived 2012-03-07 at the Wayback Machine
- EPA Blog: Nifty Fifty Talk Archived 2011-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
- "Sustainable Living Blog: ACS Green Chemistry Talk". Archived from the original on 2010-07-12. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
- ACUPCC Climate Summit Archived 2012-03-11 at the Wayback Machine
- UN Roundtable
- "Albemarle Lecture". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
- "GreenBiz". Archived from the original on 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
- Borlaug Lecture
- "UMass Boston's 50th Commencement Ceremonies Begin Today - University of Massachusetts Boston". www.umb.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
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- "Honors for Anastas Include Lifetime Achievement Award from U.S. EPA". environment.yale.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
- "2017-2018 Lecturers". www.sigmaxi.org. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
- "Recent Award Recipients | AEESP". www.aeesp.org. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
- "Green Chemistry Award 2016 Winner". www.rsc.org. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
- "Convocation 2016: Celebrating the class of 2016, Paul Anastas and Tomislav Friscic". Department of Chemistry. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
- "Anastas Awarded Merck Prize for Pioneering Work in Green Chemistry". environment.yale.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
- "Wöhler-Preis für Nachhaltige Chemie an Paul Anastas". www.gdch.de (in German). Retrieved 2019-04-11.
- "Stibitz & Wilson Honorees1997-2018". www.compustory.com. Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
- "Alumni Association| Brandeis University". alumni.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
- "Natural Products Insider: Rachel Carson Award". Archived from the original on 2011-03-26. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
- Yale University Press Release: Leadership in Science Award Archived 2012-07-17 at Archive.today
- Royal Society of Chemistry Press Release: John Jeyes Award
- C&EN: Anastas Wins Heinz Award
- ACS Press Release: Sci Am 50 Award
- Alfred University Press Release: Anastas
- Encyclopedia of Earth Entry: Paul Anastas