The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) is a project of:
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
600 Suffolk Street, Lowell, MA 01854
Tel: 978-934-2997





Dr. Joel Tickner is Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he also directs the Chemicals Policy and Science Initiative at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. He is founder and Director of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council. He is a leading expert on chemicals regulation, regulatory science, and 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 and was an Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellow.


Co-Director & Collaborative Innovation Project Lead

Monica co-leads and manages the GC3 as well as leading the GC3 Innovation Group, including the Collaborative Innovation Project on Preservatives. Monica is also the Principal of Monica Becker & Associates Sustainability Consultants, a multi-disciplinary provider of sustainability solutions for businesses, trade associations, universities, governments and NGOs, with a particular focus on chemicals. Prior to starting MB & Associates, Monica held management positions at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction and Tellus Institutes, and Eka Chemicals (now AkzoNobel). Monica has masters’ degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Retail Project Lead

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.


Mainstreaming Project Lead

Amy Perlmutter is an independent consultant whose practice includes strategy, stakeholder engagement, communications, and facilitation to build the green economy. Prior to consulting, Amy was the founding director of the Chelsea Center for Recycling and Economic Development, working with businesses, researchers, and government to increase the use of recycled materials in manufacturing processes in Massachusetts. She has served as the Director of Recycling for the City of San Francisco.


Project Lead

Saskia started working for Ecology in 2013 as a Green Chemistry Scientist where her main focus has been to help establish a technically strong and vibrant green chemistry program in Washington State. She is also serving as the Project Lead for the Advancing Green Chemistry Education Project as part of the Green Chemistry in Commerce Council and the Washington state member for the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse.

Previously, after working at Madis Botanicals and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Saskia worked as the research organic chemist at East Bay Municipal Utility District. There she researched regulated and unregulated contaminants in drinking water, wastewater and San Francisco Bay sediments and served on the Emerging Contaminant Workgroup for the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in the San Francisco Estuary. She also worked at Green River Community College where she developed and implemented ways to incorporate the principles of green chemistry into the chemistry department.


Startup Network Coordinator

Julie B. Manley, CHMM, LEED AP O+M, is Coordinator 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.


Operations Director

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.


Communications Specialist

A graduate of Hofstra University, Joy Reo began her marketing communications career in 1995, working for non-profit healthcare and environmental conservation organizations. In 2001 she moved to the B2B enterprise software industry, and since 2012 she has been a freelance marketing consultant who has driven marketing programs for a wide spectrum of clients such as documentary filmmakers, mortgage firms, software companies and non-profit organizations. Her specialties include email marketing, media relations, copywriting, social media, content creation and blogging.



Business Manager


Project Assistant