Dr. Mark Rossi develops innovative programs, tools and networks to advance the use of safer chemicals and sustainable materials. Mark founded BizNGO in 2006 to bring thought leaders together to define best business practices in selecting safer alternatives to toxic chemicals and unsustainable materials. The BizNGO community is now over 600 individuals. Mark led the development of BizNGO's visionary Principles for Safer Chemicals. He also co-founded the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative (SBC) to spur the introduction and use of biomaterials that are sustainable from cradle to cradle. With SBC, Mark co-authored its Guidelines for Sustainable Bioplastics and co-led the creation of the BioSpecs - Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Specifications for Compostable Biobased Food Service Ware). Mark is the co-author of CPA's Green Screen for Safer Chemicals. He also co-authored CPA's Plastics Scorecard, a tool for benchmarking plastics based on green chemistry principles and closed loop systems.
Mark is a leader in the alternatives assessment field, starting with co-authoring the Lowell Center Framework for Alternatives Assessment in 2006. In 2001, he co-founded CleanMed, which is now the leading conference for greening health care. Mark serves on the Steering Committee of Health Care Without Harm, is a member of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act Advisory Committee and is a Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. He is the co-author of many articles and reports on alternatives assessment, pollution prevention and technology innovation. Mark earned his doctorate in Environmental Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.