Vivian Fuhrman

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Dr. Vivian Fuhrman has spent over a decade working on environmental and health initiatives at the intersection of science and policy, including roles as an environmental consultant, researcher on trans-boundary water threats, and national authority on consumer waste management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Duke University, a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and she conducted graduate research on environmental protection at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Vivian completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Risk and Policy from Ben Gurion University in Israel, using risk assessment to determine the health and policy implications of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment. As Director for Policy and Programs at the Product Stewardship Institute, Vivian helped government agencies, pharmacies, hospitals, law enforcement, waste companies, and others work together on safe disposal of leftover medications and other household waste streams. She addressed audiences across the U.S., and globally, to raise the level of discourse about drug stewardship. Today, Vivian is the Assistant Director for External Partnerships at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. In this role, she connects stakeholders from the private and public sectors with Princeton researchers working on energy efficiency technologies, emissions reduction policy, decarbonization of the economy, water/energy nexus, and related environmental innovations. Facilitating cooperation between groups that share a stake in environmental and health challenges is the cornerstone of her long-term goals.