With the federal political landscape now overtly threatening sustainability, and “wicked” systems-based problems of toxicity and waste continuing to plague communities, regional initiatives are more important than ever: to show what can be done to ensure a materials economy that enhances community, economic, and environmental well being. Green chemistry, green engineering and sustainable product design are three vehicles that can lead to systemic change.
Northwest Green Chemistry was created in response to recommendations from the Roadmap for Advancing Green Chemistry in Washington State (2012-2017). It is now time to take stock of progress, to make course corrections, and to build the next, bigger, bolder roadmap for the entire Emerald Corridor. NGC will update and expand the roadmap to include Oregon and British Columbia, and deliberately base the update on principles of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Our land, our waters, and our people are connected, and so our plan for green chemistry must also be connected into a single action plan.
As a result of this work, the Emerald Corridor will have a shared vision of green chemistry and a collective plan to get there that incorporates green engineering and sustainable product design. The roadmap will set stakeholder expectations, coordinate resources, and align green chemistry goals for realizing economic vitality, all while ensuring equity and safeguarding our natural ecosystems.
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