Laura Orlando brings her interests in soil health, water quality, and public health to her work as the executive director of the Resource Institute for Low Entropy Systems (RILES) and an adjunct professor of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health. She has over 30 years of international experience working on the design, construction, and management of sustainable systems in the built environment, with a special focus on community-led water and sanitation projects. Her work includes research on toxic substances in municipal water and sewer systems and their exposure pathways -- including technological, economic, and political influences -- with the overarching goal of pollution prevention. She is a co-founder and trustee at the Ecological Health Network, Senior Science Advisor at Just Zero, and trustee and contributing editor at Barn Raising Media. Laura has a BSE in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.
Interests: ecological restoration, water resources, sustainable sanitation, sewers and sewage treatment, international 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
- Published on 9/1/2022
Robinson JM, Aronson J, Daniels CB, Goodwin N, Liddicoat C, Orlando L, Phillips D, Stanhope J, Weinstein P, Cross AT, Breed MF. Ecosystem restoration is integral to humanity's recovery from COVID-19. Lancet Planet Health. 2022 09; 6(9):e769-e773. PMID: 36087607.
- Published on 6/9/2022
Laura F. Orlando, Anthony J. DePinto, Kiri Joy Wallace. Ecohealth Villages: A Framework for an Ecosystem Approach to Health in Human Settlements. Sustainability. 2022; 14(12):7053.
- Published on 5/1/2022
James Aronson, Neva Goodwin, Adam Cross, and Laura Orlando. "Focus on Ecosystem Health," contribution to GTI Forum "Conservation at the Crossroads," Great Transition Initiative. Tellus Institute. Cambridge. 2022.
- Published on 9/8/2020
Nabhan GP., Orlando L. and Smith Monti L., Aronson J. Hands-On Ecological Restoration as a Nature-Based Health Intervention: Reciprocal Restoration for People and Ecosystems. Ecopsychology. 2020; 3(12):195-202.
- 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.
- Published on 6/23/2020
Breed MF., Cross AT., Wallace K, Orlando L., et al. Ecosystem Restoration: A Public Health Intervention. Ecohealth. 2020.
- 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.
- 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.
- Published on 1/2/2019
Orlando L. Our Freshwater Emergency. In These Times. 2019; 43(1):15-16.
- 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).
News & In the Media
- Published on September 10, 2022
- Published on February 18, 2020