Overview

With Indoor Air Quality identified as a risk to public health, UL is advancing new testing methods, new insights and new equipment that are helping minimize indoor air pollution and reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. We innovate ways to measure chemical and particulate emissions from products used in indoor environments, supporting manufacturers in the development of healthier products. We have also developed a unique methodology to examine and certify the air quality to enhance green buildings. To help safeguard people and places, we work at creating new testing methods & tools, providing the information manufacturers, consumers and built environment professionals need to mitigate risk and maintain healthier, more sustainable indoor spaces.

 

We have also established a Sustainable Product Guide to find thousands of UL GREENGUARD Certified products, which have been certified for low chemical emissions into indoor air during product usage.

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Experts

The following scientists, researchers and engineers are actively working on New Science at UL:

Marilyn S. Black, Ph.D., and LEED AP
President and Founder, UL AQS

Dr. Marilyn Black is a global expert on Indoor Air Quality and product emissions. She founded the GREENGUARD Certification programs for the selection of environmentally preferred, low-emitting products and has directed several studies on indoor air pollution and its effects on human health, sustainable buildings and environments. Dr. Black holds a doctorate, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in chemistry and environmental health. She is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a William Henry Merrill Fellow and sits on numerous national and international committees serving to protect human health.

“UL provides unique solutions in today’s complex environment and is uniquely developing technologies to address rapidly changing societal, environmental and health needs.”

— Marilyn S. Black, Ph.D., and LEED AP
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Anthony G. Worthan, MPH
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Anthony “Tony” Worthan is an authority on emissions and human health. He holds a master’s in public health in environmental and occupational health from Emory University and a management development postgraduate degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Worthan has served on numerous committees focused on protecting public health, including the Indoor Environmental Quality Committee and the Tuberculosis Task Force of the AIHA.

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Elliott Horner, Ph.D., LEED AP and FAAAAI
Principal Scientist

Dr. Elliott Horner is broadly recognized as an expert on fungal allergens. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Mycology/Plant Pathology. Dr. Horner has written numerous peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters and has served on committees for ASTM International, the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and Mycological Society of America and a Fellow of the AAAAI.

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Henning M. Bloech, MA and LEED AP
Commercial Director Europe & Asia and General Manager Building Performance Programs, UL Environment

Henning Bloech leads the development and commercialization of UL’s building indoor air quality related standards, programs and certifications worldwide. Previously, he was responsible for strategy and business development of UL Environment and its programs and services in the European market, leading strategic development and sustainable initiatives of certification programs and capabilities. Henning helped start the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute as its first employee in 2001 and was a founding member of both the Green Products Roundtable and the TFM Green Buildings Advisory Board.

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