Northwest Green Chemistry hosts webinars on topics of green chemistry, sustainable design, and green engineering. If you are interested in a specific topic or speaker, or would like to discuss custom training (in-person or on-line), please contact us. We offer training in green chemistry and engineering principles, Alternatives Assessment, chemical hazard assessment methods (e.g. QCAT), and more.
Many of these webinars are part of the Green Entrepreneurs series, which provides information for people interested in green and sustainable small businesses. Our topics target everyone from new entrepreneurs who just got their first big green idea, to established small business owners who are interested in scaling up and incorporating green chemistry and engineering principles. This webinar series is supported by the American Sustainable Business Council and the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability.
Enjoying our environment shouldn’t require the use of products that harm our environment. This webinar focuses on marine products developed based on principles of green chemistry in order to allow us to enjoy boating and fishing without causing long-term environmental damage. Andries Breedt (Breedt Production Tooling and Design) will present his novel design for a marine fender that is both more functional at absorbing energy and less toxic than conventional marine bumpers, with minimal installation requirements that do not disturb the seabed nor require heavy machinery. In order to demonstrate that his product has a better toxicity profile, Breedt used a fail-fast testing approach recommended by Northwest Green Chemistry (NGC). Amelia Nestler (Northwest Green Chemistry) will present a status update on NGC’s ongoing Alternative Assessment that looks at alternatives to copper-based antifouling boat paint. Even at low concentrations, copper can negatively impact fish and other marine life.
Many green businesses may assume that they do not need to be concerned with regulations, such as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) because they are using or making “non-toxic” chemicals. But, manufacturers and importers have regulatory obligations that apply to all chemicals, both benign and hazardous. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines and other consequences that could cripple a business, just as it is getting started.
Northwest Green Chemistry and the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) cohost a webinar focused on disclosure, assessment and optimization of chemicals, materials and products. James Connelly from ILFI describe their efforts in this space, with a focus on the Living Product Challenge, and talk about how ToxServices' Full Materials Disclosure™ (FMD™) is being adapted to their program. Edward Pavia walks through each step of ToxServices' FMD™ program, a streamlined and cost-effective approach for chemical hazard assessment and product optimization.
How do the principles of green chemistry and engineering inform sustainable product design? Application of these principles ensures that products use materials that are safe, that can flow in a circular economy, and that have a beneficial impact on natural resources. Gifford Pinchot III, Founder and President Emeritus of Pinchot University, introduces the topic, followed by three leading experts who each explain one of the three main branches of the Design Principles for Sustainable and Green Chemistry and Engineering, linking these to successful business examples.
How do green entrepreneurs fund their businesses? Our speakers take you on a journey from broad green funding concepts down to specific funding opportunities. Roy Nott (President, Surfactor Americas, and member of the NGC Advisory Council) provides a quick introduction to appropriate funding sources at different business stages. The co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, David Levine, provides the business case for going green. Adrian Horotan talks about Safer Made, a venture fund that invests in companies and technologies that reduce people’s exposure to hazardous chemicals.
What does it take to achieve success as a green business? Entrepreneurs Mickey Blake from Floral Soil Solutions and Zach Wilkinson from Tidal Vision share their perspectives and answer your questions. How did they apply green chemistry and engineering to their businesses? What were their biggest obstacles? What advice would they offer to other green entrepreneurs?