Welcome to 2019!

We believe that, like us, you’ve witnessed the events of 2018 with a renewed sense of the need to create positive, systemic change in 2019. Whether it was the heartbreaking story of critically endangered orca whales in Puget Sound or the alarming number of toxic chemicals you are exposed to in your home or at work, Northwest Green Chemistry spent 2018 working toward solutions. Read more about our accomplishments in 2018 and plans for 2019.

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Zinc, boat paint, and Puget Sound

Zinc, boat paint, and Puget Sound

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.

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NGC Announcements: June 2018 Newsletter

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. 

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PRoduct Innovation and Social Mapping (PrISM™) v1.0

PRoduct Innovation and Social Mapping (PrISM™) v1.0

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…

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

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)?”  

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Happy Spring! NGC's April 2018 Newsletter

Happy Spring! NGC's April 2018 Newsletter

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

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We Endorse the March for Science

We Endorse the March for Science

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.

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Happy New Year from NGC: January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year from NGC: January 2018 Newsletter

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.

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Cultivating an Environmental and Human Health Assessment Framework for Additive Manufacturing: A Journey from an Academic/Industry Partnership to a Consortia-Supported Model

NGC is hosting a Sustainable Materials Roundtable for Additive Manufacturing.   In this blog post, Justin Bours describes the process of developing the framework and modifying it via this peer review process.  Read more about Dr. Justin Bour's journey.

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Request for Feedback: Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

Request for Feedback:  Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

Northwest Green Chemistry is inviting feedback from interested parties and individuals on the draft final Washington State Antifouling Alternatives Assessment (AA) report.  NGC has received valuable input throughout the past year, as well as at numerous events, such as the Seattle Boat Show and the Northwest Marina and Boatyard Conference.  We seek your help in ensuring that the results of our AA work are reported in a way that is relevant and useful.

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