Join NGC in Reston, VA for the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute.
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
Learn about the ChemSec Marketplace and its role in advancing safer alternatives, like those identified in NGC’s recent work on alternatives to phthalates. Register here.
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.
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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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.
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).
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."
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.