Topic “Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety”

Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety

Progressing health and environmental safety assessment and protection in the field of engineered nanomaterials.

In partnership with the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanomaterials and Timothy Malloy of the UCLA School of Law, the Luskin Center is embarking on a new study of regulatory approaches to engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) and new or existing policy models that could assist regulatory agencies in improving existing frameworks to enable a nimble response to ENMs through the use of new and emerging data. A key element is the integration of the latest science concerning health and safety of nanomaterials into the regulatory arena. 

While nanomaterials have the potential to provide radically new approaches to monumental challenges such as producing affordable solar energy or removing contaminants from water, questions remain on the best practices for production, use, and disposal of nanomaterials.

Blogs

The UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology has featured our Nanotechnology Policy Fellow, Elizabeth Beryt in their December's researcher spotlight!

Dr. Andre Nel, director of the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology and a partner of the Luskin Center, is featured in the first Sustainable Nano Organization Newsletter.

Today's article in GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) about the European Commision's recommended definition of nanomaterials highlights the challenge and promise in regulating nanotechnology.

Initiatives

Supporting the transition to electric-drive, alternative-fuel, and autonomous vehicles through innovative research and decision support.
Developing strategies to spur renewable energy and energy efficiency in California.
Supporting the creation and implementation of state and local policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing local economic, environmental, and public health benefits.
Enhancing the role of information and communications technologies in the 21st century.
Advancing policy, economic, and technological solutions that support sustainable water systems and water use behavior in California.
Supporting efforts to create environmentally sustainable and healthy communitiesThe Luskin Center’s Urban Greening Initiative has grown from its original focus on complete, living streets that safely accomodate all users and provide environmental, economic and social benefits.