Allison Paradise, Co-Founder and Executive Director, My Green Lab
Allison Paradise co-founded My Green Lab to bridge the pervasive, inexplicable gap between sustainability and science. Combining a long-held passion for environmental stewardship, a belief in the power of collective action, and the knowledge afforded by her experiences as a scientist, Allison maintains a unique appreciation of the vast potential to make research methods more sustainable. Motivated by that opportunity, Allison works to unite scientists, vendors, institutional executives, and entire organizations in the bringing of innovative and engaging sustainability programs directly to laboratories. Also under her leadership, My Green Lab has established widely-used standards for sustainable laboratory practices, and is currently guiding an effort to dramatically improve precision in the analysis of laboratory energy consumption.
As a scientist, Allison’s research focused on using a systems approach to studying complex biological processes. She subsequently applied systems thinking to address a variety of complexities in the lab, including sustainability. She holds undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and Spanish literature from Brown University, and a graduate degree in neuroscience from Harvard University. She is a 2015 recipient of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories’ Go Beyond award, and is frequently engaged to speak on topics related to sustainability in research.