About Us


Joel Tickner



Dr. Joel Tickner is a Professor of Public Health  at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is founder and Executive Director of the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3); Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4), a new professional association; and Co-Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI).  He is a leading expert on application of green chemistry and alternatives assessment in science and policy. He has served on a number of EPA and National Academy of Sciences advisory committees and advises government agencies around the world. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a Doctor of Science Degree from the Department of Work Environment at University of Massachusetts Lowell. 



Michele Jalbert oversees all aspects of GC3 operations, developing strategies and creating effective systems to support the diverse initiatives undertaken by GC3 members, staff and collaborating partners. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the New England Council, the nation’s oldest regional business association; Chief Operating Officer for the Renewable Chemicals & Materials Alliance and Director of Congressman Bill Delahunt’s Washington, DC office. Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Michele led communications, human resources and employee relations departments for international companies such as Liberty Mutual and Polaroid Corporation. She graduated from Bates College, Suffolk University Law School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Management Institute program.



Dr. Sally Edwards has many years of experience in engaging a wide range of stakeholders to promote the environmental health of communities and develop safer and greener products. She is a senior research associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a co-founder of the Chemical Footprint Project, which is designed to recognize corporate leadership in the use of safer chemicals. Sally facilitates the work of the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council’s Retailer Leadership Council, whose mission is to promote safer chemicals, materials and products across retail supply chains. Sally holds a MS in Environmental Health Science from Harvard University and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. She completed her doctorate in Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her book, Beyond Child’s Play: Sustainable Product Design in the Global Doll-Making Industry, was published in 2009.



Rachel works with GC3 brands, formulators, and chemical manufacturers to help enable the identification and implementation of green chemistry solutions along the value chain. She also serves as a senior research associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, working on advancing alternatives assessment as a strategy to mainstream green chemistry and manages the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4), a professional society dedicated to promoting development in the fields of alternatives assessment and informed substitution. Rachel holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, where she also worked with industries as a sustainable engineering researcher, focusing on the environmental and human health impacts of materials and techniques to integrate chemical hazard assessment data into Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).



Julie B. Manley, CHMM, LEED AP O+M, is Director of the GC3 Green & Bio-Based Startup Network and Principal of Guiding Green LLC, a consulting firm focused on meeting business needs by designing for sustainability.  She builds on her 20+ years of industry and consulting experience to help integrate sustainable solutions into the marketplace through program management, strategic alliance building, and technical services.  Her consulting experience spans a wide spectrum of products including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cleaning products, adhesives, personal care products, dust suppressants, flooring, and oil & gas. Prior to founding Guiding Green LLC, Julie held various positions at Abbott Laboratories in the manufacturing and environmental, health & safety organizations including manufacturing optimization, EHS regulatory compliance, and global environmental performance improvement.  Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is currently Vice President and Education Chair of the Michigan Chapter of the Association of Hazardous Materials Professionals, and is an invited speaker and author on subjects including sustainability, green chemistry, circular economy, and collaborations.

James Rea



For nearly 25 years, James has helped executives, scientists, engineers, public policy leaders, and other experts craft their complex subject matter into engaging stories. James began this work in 1996 with the US EPA’s Design for the Environment Program. James eventually left the EPA to bring the stories of science and sustainability to a wider audience as an independent reporter and producer for the Washington, DC National Public Radio affiliate station, WAMU 88.5 FM. But in James’s early days at the US EPA, he had experienced the founding days of Green Chemistry. Thoroughly enthralled by the tremendous potential of green chemistry, James joined the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute to lead its communication efforts. He later served in the same role for the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale. James now proudly continues this work for the GC3. In addition to these efforts, James serves as a workshop facilitator for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.



Jennifer Landry started working as the Operations Manager for the GC3 in September 2014. She manages all membership and event operations. Jennifer is a strong administrative professional with a Bachelor of Science focused on Business Management from Bridgewater State College. She is currently pursuing an MBA from UMass Lowell.