Experts' profiles - Richard Fuller
Richard Fuller
Bringing together his experience as an engineer, entrepreneur, and environmentalist, Richard Fuller established the nonprofit Blacksmith Institute in 1999 to fill a crucial gap - the lack of support local institutions were given to solve pollution problems in their communities. Since then, Blacksmith has become one of the most effective organizations working to eradicate life-threatening toxic pollution in poor and middle-income countries. In 2011, Blacksmith's excellence in preventing, preparing for and responding to environmental emergencies was recognized with the UN-backed Green Star Award. Fuller was also profiled in Time Magazine for his work championing the underreported global threat of pollution.

Born in Australia, Fuller left for the rainforests of Brazil in 1988 to work directly on global environmental issues with the United Nations Environmental Programme. He brought his experience to New York, establishing Great Forest Inc., now one of the most successful sustainability consulting companies in the U.S. Realizing that greening corporations alone would not have enough impact on global environmental issues, Fuller started Blacksmith to tackle the problem in the world's worst polluted communities, where lives could be saved.

Working with scientists, public health experts, environmental engineers, academics and other experts from local and governmental agencies, Fuller has assembled a comprehensive database of knowledge and information that is being used by Blacksmith's network of project managers around the world to clean up the worst polluted sites efficiently and effectively. Blacksmith is known for its annual World's Worst Polluted reports; for the creation of the Blacksmith Index (used around the world to rate levels of health risk from pollution); and for the Blacksmith database, the only resource of its kind, which currently documents over 2,100 of the world's worst polluted sites. Blacksmith has completed more than 50 cleanup projects in 21 countries. Learn more at www.blacksmithinstitute.org.
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