Beverley Thorpe

Consulting Program Manager for Networks and Advocacy

Beverley Thorpe

Beverley has researched and promoted clean production strategies internationally since 1986 and was a co-founder of the United Nations Environment Programme for Cleaner Production. 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 newly evolving research on safer chemicals and processes 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. 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 continues to promote Green Chemistry with a particular focus on helping advocates, workers, government and company representatives understand and apply GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals. Her current work also involves highlighting the hazards of chemicals in hydraulic fracturing to hasten the global transition to clean renewable energy. Beverley received her degree in Geography from Leicester University, UK and is a regular guest lecturer at Lund University in Sweden. She is a past Director of Greenpeace International and a current board member of the Story of Stuff in the US.