For over 20 years, PPRC’s Regional Roundtable conference has provided Northwest businesses and agencies with valuable information and networking opportunities within the pollution prevention community. PPRC brings together professionals of all stripes – manufacturing specialists, industry leaders, researchers, and sustainability gurus – to explore ways to improve the environmental and economic health of our region. Learn more and register.
The 2nd International Symposium on Alternatives Assessment: Building the Field provides a collegial forum for governmental agency staff, university researchers, industry sustainability professionals, environmental health consultants and advocates to:
- Understand advances in alternatives assessment and practices to support informed substitution
- Foster new collaborations between academic, government and industry alternatives assessment practitioners
- Identify training education and technical support needs for alternatives assessment and informed substitution
- Initiate the formation of the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4) – formalizing the community of practice
Alternatives to certain phthalates used as plasticizers, fast fusers, and fragrance solvents/fixatives
Dr. Amelia Nestler from Northwest Green Chemistry will present their work on identifying functional and inherently less hazardous alternatives to five phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DEP, and DMP) currently used as plasticizers, fast fusers, and fragrance solvents/fixatives. Register here.
This 1.5 day course will provide participants with information about and hands-on experience with the process for transitioning to safer chemicals, as well as the key methods, tools, and databases that can assist in this process. More specifically, the course will guide participants through OSHA’s seven-step substitution planning process for understanding and evaluating chemical use, identifying and assessing alternatives, and implementing those alternatives that are safer.
On Wednesday, June 20, in conjunction with Green Chemistry on Tap, NGC will launch the Emerald Corridor Green Chemistry & Engineering Roadmap (2018-2023). The free event will take place from 6:15-8:15 p.m. at Raven and Rose restaurant in the Rookery Bar. Appetizers and drinks will be served!
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Join us in attending the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), hosted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®. GC&E provides an opportunity for a diverse network of over 500 academic, industrial and government stakeholders to network and learn about the newest ideas in sustainable approaches to chemistry, chemicals and processes and products. This year’s conference is highlighting the theme, “Product innovation Using Greener Chemistries.”
The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council's 13th Annual Innovators Roundtable will be held on May 8-10, hosted by Eastman Chemical, in Kingsport, TN.
The Roundtable is a valuable event for networking, sharing and learning about the latest developments in green chemistry, across industries and sectors. Suppliers, manufacturers, formulators, brands and retail companies are all welcome.
Come see NGC's Dr. Amelia Nestler present at the Human Health and Materials Summit as part of the Living Future 18 conference on Wednesday, May 2 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Through speakers and interactive exercises, participants in the leadership summit will explore challenges in creating safe materials. The interdisciplinary session is intended to initiate a dialogue to sustain the momentum on focused efforts that ensure the safety and sustainability of the built environment.
This year's event will be held May 1-4 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Learn more on the conference website.
While many chemicals used in commerce are suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated. Establishing a chemical management system that goes beyond complying with regulations and strives to reduce or eliminate chemical hazards at the source through informed substitution best protects workers, the consumer and the environment. Transitioning to safer alternatives can be a complex undertaking, but a variety of existing resources make it easier. OSHA has developed a step-by-step toolkit to provide employers and workers with information, methods, tools, and guidance on using informed substitution in the workplace.
The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) is bringing together university researchers and industry members to push the boundaries of renewable resources and establish new revenue creating processes and products.
During this webinar, they will review the strategic goals of a recently established Industry/University Cooperative Research Center supported by the National Science Foundation. The webinar will provide details of the center's operation, funding, intellectual property, project selection and management as well as how your participation will benefit your company, and the successful steering of CB2.
Learn about resources that help formulators to save time and money obtaining the Safer Choice label and the opportunities for suppliers to differentiate their products in the marketplace. Presenters will offer practical guidance for companies who want to leverage the value of the Safer Choice program.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice label helps businesses and consumers identify products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance. To earn the Safer Choice label, manufacturers must submit the chemical ingredients in their products for an independent review that measures them against strict human health and environmental criteria. Product performance, pH, packaging and VOC content are also evaluated to ensure that products with the label are safer for you and your community.
Learn how to use Safer Choice as part of an effective green cleaning program that can assist you with your overall sustainability goals. Hear about how Safer Choice products can be integrated into your purchasing program and how distributors and brand managers can support these markets. A brief overview of EPA’s Safer Choice label program will be given with an emphasis on additional criteria for selected functional classes such as direct release products. Learn more about the speakers and register.
ASBC’s 6th annual sustainable business & policy summit brings together company leaders, elected officials, think-tanks and media to understand and share best practices and reality-based policy initiatives.
The discovery and industrial use of green solvents should encompass three interconnected steps: 1) expansion of current green chemical diversity, 2) use of such diversity to design functional products, 3) implementation of manufacturing systems for functionally optimal green chemicals. Learn more about the speakers and register for this webinar from the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council.
An overview of EPA’s Safer Choice label program will be provided followed by two perspectives from a product formulator and a major retailer about their experience using the Safer Choice label and the value it offers to their businesses. Learn more about the speakers and register.
This 2-day workshop will offer insight into trends in automotive design that will affect the choice of flame retardants and materials in transportation solutions. Learn more and register here. Register by July 15th for early-bird rates.
Dr. Amelia Nestler and the Alternatives Assessment Team will present their results from the 2016-2017 Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment. This project evaluated diverse boat antifouling technologies, including biocidal and non-biocidal coatings as well as sound-based technology. Products were assessed for hazard, comparative exposure, cost and availability, performance and additional stakeholder concerns.
Learn about the final results and NGC's recommendations, and about how to provide feedback on a draft copy of the final report.
Using Sustainable and Green Chemistry and Engineering Design Principles: A Case Study on the Development of a BPA Alternative for Food Packaging
Bisphenol A (BPA) (image shown) is a widely-used compound which has received attention in recent years mainly due to its potential to disrupt human health. BPA has been used in various types of resins and coatings, including the linings of food and beverage cans and bottle lids. Companies have been searching for alternatives but there have been challenges in identifying safer linings that work across the range of container storage challenges at the low price and high versatility sought by the industry and its suppliers.
In this webinar you will hear how Valspar, a company that normally formulates polymers from existing chemicals, addressed this challenge in a unique way. Their process has parallels to how the pharmaceutical industry works to find active compounds. But in this case, they were seeking to create chemicals that are not biologically active. The result was a versatile monomer and polymer that didn’t show estrogenic activity. To ensure validity and credibility, they engaged NGOs and external experts to verify their findings in a fully transparent way.
This work shows the power of taking a holistic approach to greener chemical design and the utility of fail-fast testing.
Speaker: Robert (Bob) J. Israel, Ph.D., is Vice President of Stewardship & Sustainability at The Valspar Corporation.
Dr. Israel has had nearly 30 years of experience in product stewardship, regulatory affairs and corporate sustainability strategy. He directs Sherwin-Williams’ Global Product Stewardship function ensuring that products meet or exceed regulatory requirements in countries throughout the world. He also develops and implements strategic initiatives to position Sherwin-Williams as a leader in continuous improvement and product sustainability.
Prior to joining Sherwin-Williams, Bob spent 14 years at Diversey where he was instrumental in the development of their sustainability and stewardship programs globally. He also held management positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Subsequently, he served as a regulatory consultant to the chemical industry. Bob was formerly the Chair of the Pollution Prevention Workgroup and National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee, and currently an advisory board to the Green Chemistry in Commerce Council (GC3). Additionally, he has served on numerous panels for the promotion of green chemistry and sustainability. He holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Delaware.
This webinar is co-hosted by Northwest Green Chemistry and the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3).
Seattle, WA: This course will guide participants through OSHA’s substitution planning process for understanding and evaluating chemical use, identifying and assessing alternatives, and implementing those alternatives that are safer. OSHA 7225 is for professionals at all levels of chemistry understanding who play a role in product and materials selection. Learn more and register.
Join NGC's Dr. Lauren Heine at the session she is co-hosting with Dr. Meg Whittaker from ToxServices: IV-3: Approaches and Frameworks to Advance Alternative Analysis
Register by June 27th for early-bird rates.
NGC will present our preliminary results and discuss how best to communicate the results in a clear and understandable way
NGC is organizing a session for the 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering conference by ACS GCI: "Products as Solutions to Real-World Sustainability Challenges: Incentives and Barriers."