Arlene Blum, PhD

Visiting Scholar in Chemistry, UC Berkeley, Green Science Policy Institute

Dr. Blum is a biophysical chemist, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Department of Chemistry, and founder of the Green Science Policy Institute (GSP). Blum’s research contributed to the regulation of two cancer-causing flame retardants used in children’s sleepwear in the 1970s, and prevented unnecessary flammability standards that would have led to the use of hundreds of millions of pounds of persistent toxic chemicals each year. Dr. Blum was selected by the National Women’s History Project as one of 100 “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet,” received the Society of Women Geographers’ Gold Medal, and a top Purpose Prize from Civic Ventures. Since its founding, GSP has stopped ten unneeded flammability standards and prevented hundreds of millions of pounds of toxic flame retardants from being added to consumer products.