Safer Chemicals Program Director, Health Care Without Harm
Rachel Gibson, JD, MPP, is Director of the Safer Chemicals Program for Health Care Without Harm. In this position, she supports health care’s transition to safer materials and chemicals and advances a healthy materials economy through market, regulatory, and legislative campaigns. Ms. Gibson previously directed campaigns for a California-based environmental advocacy organization, including one that resulted in a first-in-the-nation law restricting the use of toxic plasticizers in children’s products. She worked as an environmental litigation associate at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where she represented energy companies and public agencies and specialized in federal Clean Air Act litigation. Ms. Gibson clerked for the Honorable Michael R. Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She has authored and co-authored a number of reports on chemicals and health. Ms. Gibson received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, J.D. from UC Berkeley Law, and Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.
When a handful of West Virginia residents discover DuPont has been pumping its poisonous Teflon chemical into the air and public water supply of more than 70,000 people, they file one of the largest class action lawsuits in the history of environmental law. As the citizens of Parkersburg rise up against the forces that polluted […]
Purchasing products and adopting practices that rely on safer chemicals and materials in your health care facility is a critical component of any sustainability agenda because it can help reduce patient and employee exposure to hazardous substances, improve indoor air quality, and support community health. Health care organizations are engaged in a wide range of […]