Laura F. Orlando, MPA
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

MPA, Harvard University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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.

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  1. 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. View Publication
  2. 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. View Publication
  3. Breed MF., Cross AT., Wallace K, Orlando L., et al. Ecosystem Restoration: A Public Health Intervention. Ecohealth. 2020. View Publication
  4. 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. View Publication
  5. 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. View Publication
  6. Orlando L. Our Freshwater Emergency. In These Times. 2019; 43(1):15-16. View Publication
  7. Seneff S, Orlando L. Is Glyphosate a Key Factor in Mesoamerican Nephropathy?. J Environ Anal Toxicol. 2018; 8(1). View Publication
  8. 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). View Publication
  9. Orlando L. Don’t Be Fooled by the Limelight on Lifestyle as a Cancer Risk. Rural America In These Times. 2017; August. View Publication
  10. 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. View Publication
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2008 Peking University, Chongzuo Biodiversity Research Institute: Research Fellow
2005 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
1988 Univ. of Michigan, Rackham Student Government: Benjamin Linder Memorial Prize
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Ecological Infrastructure
International Development
Ecological Restoration
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