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Linda Greer, Senior Scientist, Health Program, Washington, D.C.

Linda Greer

I am a senior scientist with NRDC’s Health Program, where, over the course of my career, I have concentrated on the biggest toxic chemical pollutants in air, water, food, shelter and consumer products. For the past five years, this focus has directed my work abroad, where globalization has led to the concentration of industrial manufacturing to countries in the developing world that are not prepared to manage the accompanying pollution load. Currently I direct an innovative green supply chain initiative that pressures multinational corporations to take more responsibility for the factories in their supply chain in China. This program has focused first on the apparel industry—textile dyeing and finishing—and promotes a set of well documented, cost effective measures to reduce energy, water, and chemical use and save money.

Since 1981, I have worked on a wide range of environmental health advocacy, legal and policy matters, most notably including hazardous waste disposal problems, pesticide use in and around homes, and pollution prevention opportunities in chemical manufacturing plants as well as NRDC’s global mercury pollution initiative, which resulted in an international agreement to reduce mercury use and pollution around the world by 50 percent in 10 years. I have actively shaped a number of EPA’s policies on defining and regulating carcinogens and other toxic threats to human health and the environment.

Recent Posts

Why I am a fan of Carbon Disclosure Project's latest report

Posted January 27, 2016 by Linda Greer

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Supply chain gurus take note! Coming on the heels of Paris, the Carbon Disclosure Project has just put out its 2016 report "From Agreement to Action: Mobilizing Suppliers toward a Climate Resilient World". CDP has the biggest carbon reporting program...continued

Allons! Post Paris

Posted December 28, 2015 by Linda Greer

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Much has been written about the constructive role that corporations played in the COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris last month; many companies had strenuously opposed previous efforts to negotiate a treaty, but this round, the private sector was much...continued

Multinational corporations and supply chain responsibility: Who is stepping up on pollution from manufacturing, and who hopes you will pay no attention?

Posted October 21, 2015 by Linda Greer

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I'm in Tianjin, China today for the second annual Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) grades, which the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) released today. The CITI ranks companies on how well they track and respond to pollution...continued

Volkswagen takes down corporate social responsibility in its plunge to the bottom of the sea

Posted September 23, 2015 by Linda Greer

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A few quotes from the latest 156 page VW Corporate Social Report from 2014: "Our conviction that stable, long term business activity based on ethical criteria is a precondition for acting in and environment-friendly way and playing a responsible part...continued

Seamless Growth Ahead for NRDC's Clean by Design

Posted August 18, 2015 by Linda Greer

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As a scientist who has committed her life to advancing public health and protecting the environment, the last place I ever thought I'd appear is in Vanity Fair's September Style issue. But somehow, someway, here we are. The good folks...continued

Fashion Revolution Day 2015

Posted April 24, 2015 by Linda Greer

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Today around the world, we are commemorating the tragedy at Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, where over 1,000 garment workers lost their lives after the building where they worked collapsed around them. Fashion Revolution Day was created to remind us of that...continued

A banner day for reducing pollution in China

Posted April 14, 2015 by Linda Greer

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Greetings from Shanghai! Today, NRDC is hosting a big award ceremony for 33 Chinese textile mills which completed NRDC's Clean By Design program in 2014. Our new report summarizes the awesome achievements this group of factories delivered to Planet Earth...continued

China Fights Back Against Airpocalypse: A new air pollution initiative that just might work!

Posted January 12, 2014 by Linda Greer

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There is something new, exciting, and very different that went into effect New Year’s Day in China to address that country’s terrible pollution problems that has not (to my knowledge) garnered much attention.  It is a massive public reporting initiative. ...continued

How Safe is Your Food? Don't Ask the FDA.

Posted November 1, 2013 by Linda Greer

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I’ve been working on federal chemical regulation in Washington since the 1980’s and have thought for the longest time that nothing holds a candle to TSCA, the Toxic Substances Control Act, for how outdated it is as a legal framework...continued

NRDC's 5-Step Program for the Apparel Industry's Chemical Makeover

Posted April 23, 2013 by Linda Greer

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Few people think of the fashion industry as a heavy industry like steel or cement.  However, the dyeing and finishing of fabric has an enormous environmental footprint, using  large quantities of chemicals to pre-treat fabric and dye it the colors...continued

Chinese Environmental NGO releases report on Apple and other IT companies

Posted January 29, 2013 by Linda Greer

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Lots has been published about the labor issues that Apple has faced over the past two years, but much less about the environmental problems in the company’s supply chain.  That is certainly NOT because the IT industry has a paltry...continued

Act 2: The curtain rises again on severe pollution from textile manufacturing in China. Are the good guys going to do anything about it?

Posted October 9, 2012 by Linda Greer

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Yesterday in Beijing, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), a leading environmental NGO in China, released its second in a series of disturbing exposés about the severe water pollution problems caused by textile dyeing and finishing in China...continued

NRDC Work on Apple Computer's Supply Chain

Posted February 22, 2012 by Linda Greer

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As Apple moves forward to address environmental problems in its supply chain, the opportunity is wide open to become a model for other companies to follow.  As USA Today reports,  Apple is moving forward with the Natural Resources Defense Council...continued

The Ugly Side of Globalization in the New York Times this Week

Posted January 27, 2012 by Linda Greer

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This week, the New York Times week published articles about Apple Computer ( here and here) which paint a grim picture about the prospects that manufacturing will ever move back to the U.S. and an even grimmer picture of life...continued

VIDEO: Facts and Science of Dispersants in the Gulf

Posted May 26, 2010 by Linda Greer

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Dispersants are the hot topic about the gulf spill this week, and we are getting alot of questions from reporters about which dispersant is most toxic and whether BP has made the right selection.  But the truth is that the...continued

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