Safer Chemicals in Products 2017
Mar
27
Mar 28

Safer Chemicals in Products 2017

  • San Francisco, CA

Join NGC's Executive Director Dr. Lauren Heine at the Safer Chemicals in Products conference, March 27-28, 2017, in San Fransisco, CA.  This year's program features a review of the latest work being done on the assessment of alternatives to high-risk chemicals, highlighting the current thinking on substitution and alternatives assessment from the US and Europe.

May
17
May 18

Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry Launch of ISC3 and ISCnet for global cooperation

  • Berlin Germany

The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre – ISC3 - will be launched in May 2017 on the occasion of the conference “Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry”. This conference also provides an opportunity to meet members of the ISCnet global network, which is open to everyone engaged in sustainable chemistry.  Learn more and register.


Converting Poplar into Biofuels – Graduate and Postdoc Research
Mar
1
10:00 am10:00

Converting Poplar into Biofuels – Graduate and Postdoc Research

Learn about research supporting the potential poplar-based biofuels and bio-based chemicals industry from this webinar put on by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels (AHB).  Hanna Horhammer (Postdoc), Chang Dou (PhD candidate), and Oliver Jan (PhD candidate) from the University of Washington present the challenges and solutions from their focus in three short segments tailor for general audiences.  Register here.

Free Workshop on PFAs
Jan
31
8:30 am08:30

Free Workshop on PFAs

  • Sacramento, CA and on-line

CA DTSC is hosting a free daylong public workshop on the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in carpets, rugs, indoor upholstered furniture, and their care and treatment products.  Learn more.

Seattle Boat Show
Jan
27
Feb 4

Seattle Boat Show

  • CenturyLink Field Event Center and South Lake Union

Drs. Lauren Heine and Amelia Nestler join Peter Schrappen (Clean Boating Foundation and Northwest Marine Trade Association) at the Seattle Boat Show! Stop by, meet NGC's staff in person, and learn more about the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment.

Green Marine Products: Dock Fenders and Boat Paint
Dec
7
10:00 am10:00

Green Marine Products: Dock Fenders and Boat Paint

Enjoying our environment shouldn’t require the use of products that harm our environment.  This webinar focuses on  marine products developed based on principles of green chemistry in order to allow us to enjoy boating and fishing without causing long-term environmental damage.  Andries Breedt (Breedt Production Tooling and Design) will present his novel design for a marine fender that is both more functional at absorbing energy and less toxic than conventional marine bumpers, with minimal installation requirements that do not disturb the seabed nor require heavy machinery.  In order to demonstrate that his product has a better toxicity profile, Breedt used a fail-fast testing approach recommended by Northwest Green Chemistry (NGC).  Amelia Nestler (Northwest Green Chemistry) will present a status update on NGC’s ongoing Alternative Assessment that looks at alternatives to copper-based antifouling boat paint.  Even at low concentrations, copper can negatively impact fish and other marine life. 

Northwest Environmental Conference
Dec
6
Dec 7

Northwest Environmental Conference

Dr. Amelia Nestler, NGC Project Manager, will be a panelist in "Advancing Green Chemistry as a Business Tool" on December 6th.  The panel, organized by David Kunz (OR DEQ), also featured John Frazier (Hohenstein), Julie Haack (University of Oregon), and Kevin Masterson (OR DEQ).

Oct
25
Oct 26

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) Roundtable

  • Suquamish Clearwater Resort Conference Center

Day 1:  Focus on mitigating climate change and regional successes and challenges.
Day 2:  Focus on toxics reduction and putting pollution prevention in a historical context. Drs. Lauren Heine and Amelia Nestler presented on NGC's work assessing alternatives to copper-based antifouling boat paint.

Yes, Your Start-up is Great, but You Still Have to Eat Your (Regulatory) Vegetables: Understanding Chemical Regulatory Obligations
Oct
18
10:00 am10:00

Yes, Your Start-up is Great, but You Still Have to Eat Your (Regulatory) Vegetables: Understanding Chemical Regulatory Obligations

Many green businesses may assume that they do not need to be concerned with regulations, such as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) because they are using or making “non-toxic” chemicals. But, manufacturers and importers have regulatory obligations that apply to all chemicals, both benign and hazardous. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines and other consequences that could cripple a business, just as it is getting started.

NORM2016:  Chemistry Under the Midnight Sun
Jun
26
Jun 29

NORM2016: Chemistry Under the Midnight Sun

  • Anchorage, AK

Drs. Amelia Nestler and Lauren Heine presented in the Entrepreneur Track.  Additionally, Drs. Arlene Blum (Green Chemistry Policy Institute) and David Constable presented keynote and plenary addresses, respectively.

Jun
13
Jun 16

20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E)

NGC organized 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, also presented in the session, "Workshop on Data Uncertainty in Predictive Toxicology and Alternative Assessments".  The recordings are available on-line.

QCAT Training Webinar Series
Jun
9
Jun 30

QCAT Training Webinar Series

NGC is partnering with Ecology to provide virtual training in the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT).  QCAT lets small and medium-sized businesses evaluate, compare, and select safer alternatives to chemicals of concern. Alternatives assessment is a process to identify safer alternatives to toxic chemicals in products and reduce the impacts from, and cost of, toxic use on human health and the environment.

FMD™:  A Defining Step on the Pathway to Safer Products
Jun
7
10:00 am10:00

FMD™: A Defining Step on the Pathway to Safer Products

Northwest Green Chemistry and the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) cohost a webinar focused on disclosure, assessment and optimization of chemicals, materials and products. James Connelly from ILFI describe their efforts in this space, with a focus on the Living Product Challenge, and talk about how ToxServices' Full Materials Disclosure™ (FMD™) is being adapted to their program. Edward Pavia walks through each step of ToxServices' FMD™ program, a streamlined and cost-effective approach for chemical hazard assessment and product optimization. 

​Principles of Sustainable Product Design
May
19
11:00 am11:00

​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. Gifford Pinchot III, Founder and President Emeritus of Pinchot University, introduces the topic, followed by three leading experts who each explain one of the three main branches of the Design Principles for Sustainable and Green Chemistry and Engineering, linking these to successful business examples.

Mar
30
8:30 am08:30

GoGreen Seattle

Dr. Amelia Nestler (NGC Project Manager) moderated the session, Businesses Applying Principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering to Inform Sustainable Building and Product Design at GoGreen Seattle 2016.  The closing keynote address was provided by Gifford Pinchot III, Founder & President Emeritus of Pinchot University, and member of the NGC Advisory Council.

Finding Capital for Green Entrepreneurism
Mar
15
11:00 am11:00

Finding Capital for Green Entrepreneurism

How do green entrepreneurs fund their businesses?  Our speakers take you on a journey from broad green funding concepts down to specific funding opportunities. Roy Nott (President, Surfactor Americas, and member of the NGC Advisory Council) provides a quick introduction to appropriate funding sources at different business stages. The co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, David Levine, provides the business case for going green. Adrian Horotan talks about Safer Made, a venture fund that invests in companies and technologies that reduce people’s exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Oct
1
Oct 2

An Introduction to Chemical Hazard Assessments

  • Vancouver, WA

Northwest Green Chemistry and the Washington State Department of Ecology partnered for a day and a half workshop to train participants in using the Quick Chemical Hazard Assessment Tool (QCAT). QCAT lets users with limited resources or expertise evaluate the hazards of chemical ingredients and compare potential alternatives. Ecology’s Dr. Alex Stone and other experienced instructors provided an introduction to QCAT and hands-on activities so participants could practice using the tool.