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Science Cafe: Flame Retardants in Your Home

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Flame Retardants in your Home: Weighing the Risks

Fire is a devastating and potentially deadly event that can happen within any home. Everyone wants their family to be safe from a fire-related tragedy, but with safety comes risk.   Join us to discuss the issues and concerns about the presence of organic contaminants, especially flame retardants, in indoor environments. Learn about where these chemicals might be found in your home and about their potential effects on human health.

About Our Speakers

Dr. Heather Stapleton is an Associate Professor of environmental chemistry and exposure science in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Her research focuses on identifying chemical additives in consumer products, measuring human exposure to organic contaminants in indoor environments, and understanding how these contaminants affect thyroid hormone regulation. In 2012 she testified at a U.S. Senate hearing on flame retardant exposures and health effects in the general population. More recently she has been researching the use of flame retardants in children’s furniture and measuring infant’s exposure to flame retardant chemicals.

Susan Inglis is Executive Director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, an educational and marketing organization that promotes healthy environments, inside and outside. A balanced coalition of home furnishings industry players, SFC was founded at High Point, NC in October 2006 to promote sustainable practices among furniture manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. The SFC works with industry leaders to establish criteria to gauge the sustainability of furniture products and practices and to develop programs for educating all sectors of the industry. Inglis is also founder and owner of From  The Mountain, a company that develops, sources, and manages production of hand-made goods and furnishings.

Heather White is a lawyer, environmental policy expert, and the former Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. EWG’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. EWG uses breakthrough research and education to drive consumer choice and civic action on topics including toxics, consumer products, energy, farming, food, and water. Before serving EWG’s Executive Director, White was the director of education advocacy for the National Wildlife Federation, EWG’s general counsel, and counsel to then-U.S. Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D-Wisc.) on energy and environmental issues.


February 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Daily Planet Cafe

Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States


Katey Ahmann