Nov
29
11:00 AM11:00

U.S. EPA Safer Choice Label: What Formulators and Suppliers Need to Know

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 more and register here.

 

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Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

U.S. EPA Safer Choice Label: Better Options for Organizational Purchasing Programs

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.

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Sep
28
8:00 AM08:00

Green Solvents: Design, Selection and Commercial Use

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.

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Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment Webinar
Sep
7
1:00 PM13:00

Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment Webinar

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.

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Sep
6
10:00 AM10:00

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).

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Sep
6
to Sep 7

OSHA 7225 Transitioning to Safer Chemicals

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.

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May
17
to May 18

Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry Launch of ISC3 and ISCnet for global cooperation

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.

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May
8
to May 9

OSHA 7225: Transitioning to Safer Chemicals

Portland, OR:  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.

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Apr
19
11:00 AM11:00

Highly Fluorinated Chemicals: A Sticky Issue

Learn about highly fluorinated stain and water repellant chemicals in this one-hour webinar: the products and materials in which they are used, why they can be harmful, and what can be done about it. Leaders in the field will share their expertise on this persistent and potentially toxic class of chemicals.  Register here.

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Safer Chemicals in Products 2017
Mar
27
to Mar 28

Safer Chemicals in Products 2017

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.

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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.

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