Laura Orlando

Laura F. Orlando, MPA

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Laura Orlando is a civil engineer, the executive director of RILES, and an adjunct assistant professor of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health. She has 30+ years of international experience working on the design and management of sustainable systems in the built environment, with a special focus on community-engaged water and sanitation projects. Her work includes research on toxic substances in municipal water and sewer systems and their exposure pathways; including technological, economic, political, and cultural influences. Laura has served as a trustee on several boards of directors. She is currently a trustee and steering committee member of the EcoHealth Network and the president of the board of the Higher Synthesis Foundation. She is also on the editorial board of Rural America In These Times.

Interests: public health, ecological restoration, ecological infrastructure, sustainable sanitation, community development, history of technology, and urban environmental history.


  • Harvard University, MPA Field of Study: Public Administration
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, BS Field of Study: Civil Engineering

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH745


  • Published on 9/8/2020

    Aronson J,, Nabhan GP., Orlando L. and Smith Monti L. Hands-On Ecological Restoration as a Nature-Based Health Intervention: Reciprocal Restoration for People and Ecosystems. Ecopsychology. 2020; 3(12):195-202.

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  • Published on 9/3/2020

    Aronson, J., Goodwin, N., Orlando, L., Eisenberg, C. and Cross, A.T. . A World of Possibilities: Six Restoration Strategies to support the United Nation's Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Restor Ecol. 2020.

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  • Published on 6/23/2020

    Breed MF., Cross AT., Wallace K, Orlando L., et al. Ecosystem Restoration: A Public Health Intervention. Ecohealth. 2020.

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  • Published on 7/31/2019

    Gunatilake S., Seneff S., and Orlando L. Glyphosate’s Synergistic Toxicity in Combination with Other Factors as a Cause of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(15):2734-2760.

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  • Published on 3/1/2019

    Orlando L. Second Conference on Albert Hirschman's Legacy: A Bias for Hope, Luca Meldolesi and Nicoletta Stame, eds. Reflections of a Sanitarian. Italic Digital Editions S.R.L. Rome. 2019.

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  • Published on 1/2/2019

    Orlando L. Our Freshwater Emergency. In These Times. 2019; 43(1):15-16.

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  • Published on 3/2/2018

    Seneff S, Orlando L. Is Glyphosate a Key Factor in Mesoamerican Nephropathy?. J Environ Anal Toxicol. 2018; 8(1).

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  • Published on 3/2/2018

    Seneff S., Orlando L. Glyphosate Substitution for Glycine During Protein Synthesis as a Causal Factor in Mesoamerican Nephropathy. J Environ Anal Toxicol. 2018; 8(1).

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  • Published on 8/11/2017

    Orlando L. Don’t Be Fooled by the Limelight on Lifestyle as a Cancer Risk. Rural America In These Times. 2017; August.

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  • Published on 8/10/2017

    Orlando L. In These Times. Heart of Whiteness: Why do Western efforts to help the environment and Africa so often fail. 2017; 41(09):36-39.

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