Exposures to Toxins in the Developing World: Scale, Solutions and Strategies – Richard Fuller (President, Blacksmith Institute) Seminar

“Exposures to Toxins in the Developing World: Scale, Solutions and Strategies” Richard Fuller, President, Blacksmith Institute Brown University SRP Seminar on March 15, 2013 Born in Australia, Mr. Fuller graduated with a degree in engineering from Melbourne University and was employed by IBM. He worked in the rainforests of Brazil with the United Nations Environment Programme creating forest reserves. Moving to New York City, he established Great Forest Inc., now one of the most successful sustainability consulting companies in the U.S. Great Forest was one of the first to bring sustainability practices to the business world, helping to pave the way for the rise of corporate social responsibility. Mr. Fuller founded the not-for-profit Blacksmith Institute in 1999. On a global scale, Mr. Fuller believes that pollution is still one of the most serious problems the earth faces, and that developing countries bear the brunt of it. Up until now, very little support has been given to local institutions to solve these problems in their communities, a crucial gap Blacksmith is filling. Behind Mr. Fuller’s driving determination is the know-how to solve these problems and save lives at risk. Working with scientists, public health experts, environmental engineers, academics and other experts from local and governmental agencies, Mr. Fuller has assembled a comprehensive database of knowledge and information that is being used by Blacksmith’s network of project managers around the world to clean up the worst polluted sites efficiently and effectively.