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Beverley Thorpe

Consulting Program Manager for Networks and Advocacy

Beverley Thorpe

Beverley has researched and promoted clean production strategies internationally since 1986 and co-founded Clean Production Action as a resource to advance a non-toxic economy. Previously she was the first Clean Production liaison and technical expert for Greenpeace International on chemical and waste issues and during this time researched and disseminated the growing field of clean technology solutions to the global toxics campaigns. Her work on alternatives to PVC, organohalogens and hazardous waste incineration helped drive momentum for safer substitution practices in company practices. As the NGO representative in the first United Nations Environment Programme for Cleaner Production she promoted the value of public participation in industrial policies. Her work on clean production systems extended to agriculture in 2000 when she worked with the US farming community to document the risks of GMO crops. Her work to advance Extended Producer Responsibility as a waste policy in Europe catalyzed the uptake of this zero-waste strategy in the USA.

She currently promotes, teaches and networks the pragmatic application of CPA’s tools and strategies and continues to be inspired by the scope of stakeholders involved: ranging from communities trying to understand the health impacts from oil and gas extraction to retailers searching for ways to reduce their chemical footprint. Beverley received her degree in Geography from Leicester University, UK and is an annual lecturer at Lund University in Sweden on chemicals policy and corporate practices. She is a past Director of Greenpeace International and a current board member of the Story of Stuff in the US. She lives in Toronto, Canada.