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The Power of Partnership

Throughout my career, I’ve been driven by a strong belief in the importance of collaboration and partnerships. For the past several years, ACC’s partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has enabled our two organizations to work together to promote policies and initiatives that help improve the health, safety and sustainability of our buildings and communities.

That’s why I’m particularly pleased that one of my first public opportunities as ACC President and CEO, was the chance to participate in the first-ever Global Health and Wellness Summit, held earlier today at USGBC’s Greenbuild 2019 conference. At Greenbuild, product manufacturers, architects, designers, standard setters and others come together to identify and champion solutions to improve resilience, sustainability and quality of life in our buildings and communities.

ACC co-sponsored this summit in partnership with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), to bring together stakeholders to discuss how we can work together to help advance holistic approaches to health and wellness in buildings, positioning materials science as a lens through which building design and operations decisions can be improved.

Progress and breakthroughs in materials science made possible by chemistry are the driver for the cutting-edge products and technologies that help advance our health and wellness.

And this is particularly apparent in the building and construction sector. The innovative products of chemistry – from energy-efficient foam insulation and silicone caulks and sealants that protect the building envelope, to durable, germ-resistant vinyl flooring, to plastic pipes that are virtually leak-free – provide numerous benefits that help enable green, sustainable buildings.

ACC and our members realize that there is still more to do, which is why we are seizing additional opportunities to work with others to advance practical solutions through public and private partnerships.

Sustainable design is about building the future, not just a structure. Effective sustainable design includes a comprehensive approach to selecting and integrating products and processes that account for human health, environmental protection and long-term occupant satisfaction.

The collaboration that ACC is undertaking with USGBC, IWBI and others will help drive measurable results, not only on advancements in sustainability, but also to provide practical solutions that will help improve the health, safety and fulfillment of people in buildings and communities around the world. I am committed to both extending and reimagining the chemical industry’s leadership role in the built environment. I look forward to working with these organizations and other leaders to help expand, advance and cement our industry’s role as a valued partner as we work together to address the world’s sustainability challenges.

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About the author

As President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Chris is responsible for driving a pro-growth, science-based public policy agenda that fosters the development of groundbreaking products to improve lives; creates jobs and economic expansion; and enhances public and environmental health and safety.

Chris joined ACC in 2019 after serving six years as President and CEO of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), where he advocated for policies and regulations focused on enhancing security, free trade, environmental protection, worker health and safety, and farm bill and conservation programs to promote the use of fertilizer.

Prior to joining TFI in 2013, Chris served as president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors for seven years. Earlier in his career he was president of the Contract Services Association. Chris began his career on Capitol Hill, including time as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY).

Chris earned an MBA from the University of Maryland and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University in New York.

A native of Wyoming, Chris and his family live in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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