NGC at GC&E 2016: Innovative Colorants and Market Drivers
NGC is organizing two sessions for the 20th annual ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering conference (June 14-16, 2016, Portland, OR). Held by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, this event is the premier conference on green chemistry and engineering. Our Executive Director, Dr. Lauren Heine, will also present in the session, "Workshop on Data Uncertainty in Predictive Toxicology and Alternative Assessments".
Our first session, "Green Chemistry in Consumer Products: From Demand to Supply" explores drivers that promote the development and adoption of green chemistry and engineering in consumer products. Our presenters will share case studies and success stories of how the implementation of different kinds of policy, including government policy, retail policy, sectoral supply chain initiatives, and NGO movements, has promoted the design of greener and more sustainable consumer products. This session is being held Tuesday morning.
Our second session, "Green Chemistry Design for a Rainbow of Colorants," challenges chemists to design solutions to providing color in materials using green chemistry and green engineering principles and practices. Colors augment materials across all industries, from aerospace and electronics to the built environment, apparel, footwear and packaging. Modern-day dyes and pigments are expected to adhere to exacting product standards such as color fastness, yet many of these same requirements lead to the production of hazardous byproducts at some point in their life cycle. For example, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), generated as byproducts during the production of many pigments, are persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic. This session is being held Thursday afternoon.
Contact us with any questions.
Entrepreneur Webinar Series: From a Green Idea to a Successful Business
If you missed the webinar, you can download the slide deck and recording here.
May 19, 2016, Principles of Sustainable Product Design. How do the principles of green chemistry and engineering inform sustainable product design? Application of these principles ensures that products use materials that are safe, that can flow in a circular economy, and that have a beneficial impact on natural resources. Drs. David Constable, Lauren Heine, and Kathy Hart will explain what these principles mean, and provide clear business examples and links to resources & tools that can help you apply the principles to your business.
The videos and slide decks are posted for the first and second webinars in the series, "Inspirational Entrepreneurs" and "Finding Capital for Green Entrepreneurism".
NGC's Dr. Amelia Nestler presented at the Tribal Green Summit and GoGreen Seattle
Dr. Amelia Nestler presented at two conferences this March. At the Tribal Green Summit, March 8-10, Snoqualmie, WA, she presented a talk titled "Selecting Safer Materials for Sustainable and Green Building". At GoGreen Seattle, March 30, Seattle, WA, she moderated the session, Businesses Applying Principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering to Inform Sustainable Building and Product Design.
Northwest Green Chemistry featured in KPLU story
Northwest Green Chemistry was the subject of the October 30 KPLU story, "After 25 Years of Pollution Prevention, Washington State Working Toward Greener Chemicals."
Click here to read the text and listen to the audio.
NGC, Washington State Dept. of Ecology Share EPA Environmental Award
WASHINGTON, DC (June 22, 2015) — Northwest Green Chemistry, together with the Washington State Department of Ecology, have received one of 21 'Safer Choice Partner of the Year' awards from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
"Northwest Green Chemistry is thrilled to be sharing this award with the Washington State Department of Ecology, and proud to be recognized by the US EPA,” said Dr. Lauren Heine, Chair of the NGC Advisory Board. “In just two years, we've made great strides in helping businesses and the public in the Pacific Northwest and beyond make safer choices through green chemistry and better environmental practices. We look forward to continuing that work."
EPA Safer Choice—known before this year as Design for the Environment—is a program that advocates the design, manufacture, promotion and use of products with ingredients that have been evaluated by EPA scientists to ensure they are safe for humans and the environments. Products that meet EPA’s stringent requirements are labeled for the public, so that when people use Safer Choice products, they are protecting their families and the environment by making safer chemical choices. Currently, the Safer Choice Program has nearly 500 formulator-manufacturer partners who make more than 2,000 products for retail and institutional customers.
NGC and Ecology were cited by EPA for working to advance safer chemistry and products through legislative and other activities, participating in several Safer Choice-related initiatives, and promoting use of Safer Choice products through outreach, media campaigns, and the Safer Chemistry challenge.
June 2016 QCAT Training Webinar Series
Northwest Green Chemistry and the WA State Department of Ecology are offering training to use the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT). QCAT lets users with limited resources or expertise evaluate the hazards of chemical ingredients and compare potential alternatives. This tool is great for planners, small businesses, nonprofits, and educational institutions.
In this four-part webinar series, Ecology’s Dr. Alex Stone and experienced instructors will provide an introduction to QCAT that let participants practice using the tool. Classes will be held on-line Thursdays (6/9, 6/16, 6/23, and 6/30) from 1-3 PM PT. Each class will build on the previous webinar. Registration is now open. Total cost is $75 (early bird) to $100.
Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Register early to suggest a chemical of interest that may be incorporated into the training!
FMD™: A Defining Step on the Pathway to Safer Products
Northwest Green Chemistry and the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) cohosted a free webinar focused on disclosure, assessment and optimization of chemicals, materials and products. James Connelly from ILFI described the Living Product Challenge and how ToxServices' Full Materials Disclosure™ (FMD™) Program is being adapted to it. Edward Pavia, ToxServices, walked the audience through each step of ToxServices' FMD™ program, a streamlined and cost-effective approach for chemical hazard assessment and product optimization.
Learn more about the webinar and find the slide deck and recording here.
Safer Chemistry Champion Awards
Congratulations to the 2015 winners of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Safer Chemistry Champion Awards!
For more information on each of the winners, see our Innovators page. Applications were evaluated by members of NGC's Advisory Council.
Awards honor Washington organizations taking significant steps to:
2014 award winners
Video: Renewable Biofuels and Biochemicals
Ken Zarker, Chair of NGC’s Advisory Board and former Interim Director, is featured in the new video Renewable Biofuels and Biochemicals: Acetic Acid, by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest, a consortium of Pacific Northwest university and industry partners led by the University of Washington. The video describes the consortium's work to take sustainably grown poplar trees and turn them into biofuels and biochemicals.