2013 Media for Social Responsibility Speakers
|Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D.|
|Director of Consumer Safety and Sustainability for Consumers Union and Project Director for Consumer Reports GreenerChoices.org|
Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., is the Director of Consumer Safety and Sustainability
for Consumers Union and Project Director for Consumer Reports GreenerChoices.org. Dr. Rangan joined CU in 1999 and developed the ratings system, database and website for evaluating environmental labels. As one of her roles at CU today, Dr. Rangan continues to decode the meaning of eco-labels for consumers and advocates for credible labeling in the marketplace including influencing government policy decisions at the state and federal level. She also conducts research for CU around consumer expectations of sustainable products and labels.
A noted environmental health scientist, Dr. Rangan has a column in Consumer Reports' ShopSmart magazine and also serves as a top spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production and consumption practices. She has a wide area of expertise including organic standards, food safety issues, environmental pollution, toxics in consumer products, and environmental health concerns and has appeared in numerous national broadcast outlets. Her expertise is called upon to respond to breaking product safety news, speak on behalf of CU investigative test stories, and to discuss production problems and consumer solutions around a wide range of sustainability topics including food safety issues, organic food, risky ingredients in personal care products, misleading labels, electronics recycling, and energy efficiency for household products.