This research aims to educate interested parties on the chemistry, supply chain considerations, regulations, and business procurement policies related to iPCBs and pigments for newsprint, and paper and paperboard packaging.Read More
The field of alternatives assessment is being driven by increasing policy and market demands to substitute chemicals of concern in process and products, as well as the need to help decision-makers in industry and government make smarter, safer choices about chemicals, materials and technologies used. To kick off this series, the first A4 webinar addressed Alternative Assessment's Past, Present, and Future.Read More
This report provides a roadmap for conducting a full alternatives assessment (AA) for food packaging that is free of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and identifies some currently available alternatives. The roadmap follows the IC2 Alternatives Assessment Guide (2017) with additions from Northwest Green Chemistry’s experience creating frameworks and conducting AAs, such as minimum (‘showstopper’) criteria defined for each module. The report includes ways to leverage modules completed by other entities, how to test for PFASs, and how to identify PFASs-free alternatives using state procurement policies. Strategic steps forward in a resource constrained and imperfect information environment will allow interested parties to make the most of the Roadmap.Read More
The PRoduct Innovation and Social Mapping (PrISM™) framework was created to support product designers in developing products based on sustainable green chemistry and engineering design principles. Learn more about our next steps and current plans.Read More
Washington is working to enact laws that protect Puget Sound from toxic chemicals. Part of this work involves identifying sources of contamination which impact aquatic life and ensuring that implementation of legislation does not create new problems. In this report, NGC assessed loading of zinc from zinc oxide from recreational antifouling boat paint for two scenarios, status quo and under the upcoming copper ban.Read More
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We're looking forward to many upcoming green chemistry and engineering events hosted both by NGC and our partners!
In particular, take a look at our events in June in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. We're excited for our in-person roadmapping event on Wednesday, June 20th from 6-8pm at Raven and Rose in downtown Portland. More information about the launch event is posted on our website.
Read about the release of the first version of our Green Design and Assessment Tool, our work on criteria and considerations for sustainable plastics with OECD, as well as initiatives and opportunities throughout the community in the full newsletter.Read More
PrISM™ was created to support product designers in developing products based on sustainable green chemistry and engineering design principles. It is intended to inform early-stage assessment and continual improvement. Information on tools and approaches for more advanced assessment are also included in the workbook. It is currently accessible through Google Sheets which allows for easy transfer back and forth between worksheets and easy access back and forth to external links…Read More
Join NGC in Portland June 18-20th, 2018 for the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference!
Wednesday evening (6/20), as part of Green Chemistry on Tap, NGC will launch the Emerald Corridor Green Chemistry & Engineering Roadmap (2018-2023). Over the last few months, NGC has facilitated conference calls and interviews to learn from top experts in the region (and beyond) and answer the question, “How can green chemistry and green engineering help to create resilience in the Emerald Corridor (roughly the region from Portland, OR to Vancouver, BC)?”Read More
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We're looking forward to many upcoming green chemistry and engineering events hosted both by NGC and our partners.
In particular, take a look at our events in June in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. We're excited for our in-person roadmapping event on Wednesday, June 20th from 6-8pm in downtown Portland (venue to be announced soon!).
Read about our current alternatives assessment work as well as initiatives and opportunities throughout the community in the full newsletter.Read More
Northwest Green Chemistry enthusiastically endorses the March for Science. The March for Science celebrates science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity, uniting scientists and science fans as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good. The best available science should inform political leaders and policy, enabling the enactment of evidence-based policies in the public interest.
NGC Activities Align with March for Science Goals
Product designers, procurement departments and individuals are often unaware of the human and environmental health impacts associated with their selection of chemical products or processes.Read More
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As we welcome the New Year, we at Northwest Green Chemistry look ahead to a year of advances in green chemistry research and innovations in the design of safer materials.
This June, the Green Chemistry and Engineering Annual Conference, now in its 22nd year, will return to Portland, Oregon. Northwest Green Chemistry is co-hosting a session on “Real World Sustainability Challenges: Incentives and Barriers to the Use of Green Chemistry in Products” and a Product Showcase. We invite you to submit abstracts now until February 12th through the GC&E website.