Launch of the Emerald Corridor GC&E Roadmap at ACS GCI Conference

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)?”  

The Emerald Corridor can become a model of how to establish a thriving economy that enhances community, economic, and environmental well-being. Our action-oriented discussions have helped establish what’s necessary to advance green chemistry and engineering in the Pacific Northwest.

The purpose of the Roadmap is to aid communication, coordination, action, and evaluation of green chemistry and engineering initiatives in the region. Some expected outcomes include: 

  • Improved environmental and human health
  • Incentives for innovation
  • Creation of local and state policies
  • Curricula that incorporates green chemistry and engineering
  • More equitable health and social outcomes
  • Better educational opportunities
  • Professional development opportunities

We've gathered the community’s recommendations and will share the results at the June roadmap launch.

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In addition to the Roadmap Launch, Dr. Heine will be presenting in two GC&E conference sessions:  Towards Safer Design Strategies: Using Toxicology Tools & Concepts within Chemistry Courses & Programs and Decision Science for Real-World Chemical Selection.

Finally, Drs. Heine and Nestler are organizing the session, Real-World Sustainability Challenges: Incentives & Barriers to the Use of Green Chemistry in Products, on Monday afternoon. We have an exciting lineup of speakers presenting diverse perspectives on how green chemistry drives innovative in product design.  

Karen Howard will be sharing about the U.S. Government Accountability Office report on green chemistry in policy. Myles Perkins will present on the Washington State Department of Ecology programs to assist dry cleaners in switching to safer solvents.

Dianne Barton from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission will explore how tribal exposures could drive the adoption of safer alternatives under the newly reformed TSCA, while Rich Engler from Bergeson & Campbell will cover other mechanisms that drive innovation in this important legislation.

Jeff Gotro from ZILA Works and Innocentrix, and Kim Reid from Gradient will be sharing entrepreneurial and other business case studies on the design of “green” products. Marty Mulvihill from Safer Made will talk about using a new venture capital fund to invest in safer alternatives to toxic metals.

Evan Griffing and Hans Plugge from Environmental Clarity and Verisk3e will discuss challenges in green chemistry metrics, particularly around chemical hazard assessment, life cycle assessment, and alternatives assessment.

Roger McFadden will open the discussion on sustainable procurement policies and practices and how these can incentivize green chemistry in products. Holly Elwood from US EPA will follow up with an in-depth look at IT procurement standards.

We hope that you will be able to join us at ACS GCI GC&E 2018!