Rachel A. Meidl, LP.D., CHMM, is the fellow in energy and environment at Rice University's Baker Institute. She was previously appointed deputy associate administrator for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.
Her research focuses on sustainability; the circular economy; domestic and international policy and law as it relates to life cycle management of hazardous wastes; safety and environmental regulations of the treatment, storage, disposal, and transportation of chemicals within and outside the U.S.; assessing plastics, plastic recycling technologies, advanced electronics, and alternative energy applications from a sustainability and life cycle perspective to understand the environmental, economic, and social impacts across the supply chain; and resiliency of the energy industry.
Prior to her public service, Meidl was the director of regulatory and technical affairs at the American Chemistry Council in Washington, D.C., where she advanced a broad range of regulatory and policy issues, including reforming the Toxic Substances and Control Act, hazardous waste management and emergency response, and addressing contaminated site issues. She has more than 20 years of experience in industry, academia, government, politics and international relations, managing the entire life cycle of hazardous waste operations and emergency response to chemical, explosive, radioactive and biohazardous materials.
Meidl holds a doctorate in law and public policy from Northeastern University, a master’s in environmental policy and management with a concentration in environmental chemistry and international law from the University of Denver, a master’s in applied science and technology from National University, and bachelor’s degrees in conservation biology and zoology & animal physiology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Contact her at Rachel.A.Meidl@rice.edu or (713) 348-2256.
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- "Transitioning to a Circular Economy: Opportunities for Growth and Societal Transformation," MSCI, 2023.
Presentations & Interviews
Repurposing Plastics Waste in Infrastructure, PowerPoint presentation, Aug. 31, 2022 (Presentation for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee)
A Sustainable and Inclusive Circular Economy in Energy Transitions, PowerPoint presentation, Oct. 10, 2022
Waste Management Innovations: Promoting Circularity and Preventing Plastic Waste Leakage
Presented at a workshop with the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)
- Nanotechnology and Advanced Carbon Materials: Future Sight to Sustainable Net-Zero
Presented at the International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes and Low-Dimensional Materials, 11th Symposium on Carbon Nanomaterials Biology, Medicine and Toxicology
- Environmental Law Institute – Dialogue on Single Use Plastics and the Pandemic
Video of the discussion (YouTube)
- Arirang Global Insight – Climate and environmental policies under the Biden administration
- MIT, Harvard Applied Energy Symposium (PowerPoint for keynote address) – Sustainability: A critical investment for the energy transition
- Arirang News - Pandemic plastic pollution threatening environment, human lives
- Natural Gas World – U.S. LNG-by-Rail: Plan Moves Closer to Reality
- McKinsey & Company – What to Do About Plastics: An Interview with Rachel Meidl