External Review Panel

When the Design Portfolio was founded in 2015, the National Zero Waste Council established a distinguished, independent panel of experts to review submitted products and packaging that demonstrate the power of design to prevent and reduce waste. The Portfolio’s 2018-19 External Review Panel includes:

  • Alan Blake, previous Executive Director, PAC NEXT

    Alan Blake is a Retired Executive & Consultant in sustainability, packaging and food waste. Previously, he was the Executive Director, PACNEXT sharing their vision of A World without Packaging Waste with a focus on engaging industry partners to find better end-of-life solutions for all packaging materials. Prior to PACNEXT, Alan worked for Procter & Gamble, based in Cincinnati, where he had 30 years experience in the consumer goods industry, including 20 years of global packaging design and development expertise. He led P&G's global packaging sustainability program with a focus on their 2020 goals and long-term packaging sustainability vision.

    Alan was formerly co-chair of the National Zero Waste Council (NZWC) Product & Packaging working group and served on the NZWC board. He was as a member of the board of The Packaging Association (PAC) where he is now currently a member. He also served on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition Executive Committee and the board of GreenBlue.

    Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and a happy grandfather of Everett and Margaret.

  • William F. Hoffman II, Manager, Science Team, UL Environment

    William F. Hoffman III (Bill), Ph.D works on the technical basis for the development of standards and guidance for standards including the green chemistry and circular economy aspects of product environmental performance, validation of claims and product certification. The goal of this work is to provide a strong technical basis to product environmental performance by using a deep scientific analysis of the environmental impact of a product while also assuring companies producing the product are using environmentally progressive manufacturing methods. Recent standards have focused on the Zero Waste, Circular Economy, energy efficiency of plastics molding, medical equipment and advanced power strips. In 2014 Bill was elected a member of the William Henry Merrill Society, a UL Corporate Fellow.

    Formerly Bill was the Director of Sustainability Services for a non-for-profit consulting firm Chicago Manufacturing Center where he was responsible for strategy and deployment of sustainability services. He also managed the Chicago Waste to Profit Network which was responsible for the diversion of 40,000 tons of material from local landfills and 30,000 tons of CO2 saved as a result of those diversions. He also performed a Product Carbon Footprint assessment of craft beer brewery.

    While at Motorola Bill worked on the development of several internal specifications including standards governing the chemical content of products and was heavily involved in external standardization efforts for environmental issues in electronics. These standards often included consideration of chemical risk, trends in regulation, business need, product design requirements and environmental management trends. Bill also developed the core design of an electronics industry component database that was used to manage RoHS compliance of product components and provide analysis of material content for reporting to automotive industry customers. Bill also led the semiconductor packaging team for an early Life Cycle Assessment of an electronics product performed by an industry consortium.

    Bill spent 2 years at Argonne National Laboratory as a Post Doctoral Appointee. While at Argonne he studied the chemistry and formation of transition metal clusters. The reactions of Nickel and Iron with hydrogen and ammonia were the main topics of the research.

    BS Chemistry from Southern Illinois University

    Ph.D. Physical Chemistry from Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Louise St. Pierre, Associate Professor at Vancouver’s Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD)

    Louise St. Pierre, researches and teaches in sustainable design and medical design at Vancouver’s Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Co‐author of the internationally recognized Okala Ecological Design curriculum, she initiated Emily Carr University's participation in the international Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability (PALS), and established Canada's first DESIS Lab (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability). St. Pierre was co‐chair of the 2014 International Design Principles and Practices Conference. She has received awards for Industrial Design, Exhibit Design and Ecological Design work from organizations such as the IDSA and The American Center for Design, and has been published in ID Magazine, Print Magazine, Innovation, and Communication Arts. Her work has also been supported by a range of sustainable and ecological design initiatives, including awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to coming to Emily Carr, St. Pierre was Chair of the University of Washington Industrial Design Program. She continues to lecture internationally on sustainable and ecological design.

  • Joe Chiodo, Designer and Inventor of Active Disassembly

    Dr. Joseph Chiodo, Designer and Inventor, Active Disassembly, conducts R&D in eco-design, designing for circular economy systems, product disassembly and dematerialization. He will soon be Head of Product Innovation, Corporate and Social Responsibility at a therapeutic and pharmaceutical company and is writing a series of illustrated reference guidelines for circular economy and eco-design manuals. Throughout his career, he has led cross-continental R&D consortia, and advised numerous academics institutions, companies, and governments including Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Mitsubishi, the EU Commission, the UK Department of Trade and Industry. His work includes numerous patents, technology, and applied science and product inventions. Dr. Joseph Chiodo invented ‘Active Disassembly’ (AD), which employs conventional and smart materials in the design of releasable fasteners and actuators to aid the non-destructive dismantling and selective disassembly of component and product reuse. This process retains the added value of products and their products, fostering upcycling. His work has been published widely, and Dr. Chiodo continues to be the recipient of numerous awards for these achievements. Through his website, he has authored some of the world’s most downloaded ‘Design for’ strategy documents.

  • Dr. Getachew Assefa Wondimagegnehu, Associate Professor of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, and Athena Chair in Life Cycle Assessment

    Dr. Getachew Assefa Wondimagegnehu is an Associate Professor of Environmental Design, Athena Chair in Life Cycle Assessment, and Fellow of Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy at the University of Calgary. He has a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering, M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure, a Licentiate Degree in Industrial Ecology and a PhD in Industrial Ecology. His Ph.D. research looked at Sustainability Assessment of Technical Systems from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, where he later taught and did further research. He has more than 10 years' experience in teaching and research related to life cycle assessment and industrial ecology in Europe, China and Africa.

  • Sylvain Allard, Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, School of Design, Université du Québec à Montréal

    Bio to come