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Peter Sinsheimer

Researcher, STPP Executive Director


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Environmental Health SciencesResearcher
Contact Information
(310) 794-1408

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
650 Charles E. Young Drive South 21-293 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6900

Areas of Interest: 

Green Chemistry Regulatory Reform

Dr. Sinsheimer is the Executive Director of the UCLA Sustainable Technology & Policy Program (STPP), an interdisciplinary initiative of the UCLA Schools of Public Health, Law, Engineering, and Business.   The focus of STPP is to identify the viability of safer substitutes to hazardous chemicals, products, and industrial processes and promote their use.  Before taking this post, Dr. Sinsheimer directed the Pollution Prevention Center at Occidental College where his research and policy work led to the phase-out of toxic chemicals in dry cleaning and the phase-in of the most environmentally benign alternatives.  Dr. Sinsheimer’s research interest focuses on identifying safer substitutes for hazardous products and industrial processes, zero-emission energy generation from renewable resources, energy-efficiency evaluation, alternatives analysis methodology, and regulatory policy reform promoting sustainable technologies.  

PhD, Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
MPH, Epidemiology, San Diego State University
MA, Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
Selected Publications: 

Sinsheimer P (2010) Promoting Green Innovation.  Southern California Environmental Report Card 2010.  UCLA Institute of the Environment.


Sinsheimer P, Malloy T (2009) Integrating Safer Alternatives into Chemical Policy: Developing a Regulatory Framework for AB 1879.  White Paper.  Sustainable Technology & Policy Program. 


Sinsheimer P (2008) Comparison of Electricity and Natural Gas Use of Five Garment Care Technologies.  Southern California Edison Design & Engineering Services.


Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (2008) Green Chemistry:  Cornerstone to a Sustainable California.  University of California.


Sinsheimer P,  Grout C,  Namkoong A, Gottlieb, R, Latif A  (2007)  The Viability of Professional Wet Cleaning as a Pollution Prevention Alternative to Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning  Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association57:172–178.


Malloy T, Sinsheimer P (2004)   Innovation, Regulation, and the Selection Environment.  Rutgers Law Review 57, No. 1; 183-233.


Sinsheimer P,  Gottlieb R, Farrar C  (2002) Integrating Pollution Prevention Technology into Public Policy: The Case of Professional Wet Cleaning , Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 36, No. 8.  


Malloy T, Frankel E, Sinsheimer P (2002)   Pollution Prevention as a Regulatory Tool.  California Policy Options 2002,  UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research/UCLA Anderson Forecast; 79-101.


Sinsheimer P, Gottlieb R  (1995) Pollution Prevention Volunteerism - The Example of 3M.  In Reducing Toxics:  A New Approach to Policy and Industry Decisionmaking, Island Press, Washington D.C.


Sinsheimer P (1991) The Necessity for Making Causal Relationships Before Economic Modelling  Risk Analysis, v. 11, no. 2, 187-8.


Davos C, Thislewaite W, Clark C, Sinsheimer P (1991) Public Priorities for Efficiency in Air Quality Management Journal of Environmental Management, v.33, no.3, 205-21. 


 Garland F, Shaw E, Gorham E, Garland C, White M, Sinsheimer P (1990) Leukemia in US Navy Enlisted Personnel American Journal of Epidemiology, v. 132, no. 2, 293-303.


Rice D, Hodgson T, Sinsheimer P, Browner W, Kopstein A  (1986)  The Economic Cost of the Health Effects of Smoking The Milbank Quarterly, 64, No. 4, 489-547.