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Green Chemistry Guide

February 9, 2015

Guide This manual provides state agencies and technical assistance providers with tools and resources to better serve their clients who are looking for information and to support greening their operations, supply chains, processes, and products.

About SCCP

June 1, 2014

The NPPR 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) is designed to motivate, challenge, and reward facilities to reduce the use of chemicals, especially hazardous chemicals, through source reduction measures. These measures include the following approaches:

  • Making changes in production processes and adopting new technologies
  • Moving toward cleaner processes that avoid the use and generation of toxic chemicals
  • Changing raw materials to include benign or low toxicity materials that degrade into innocuous substances in the environment
  • Using tools and design options in support of green chemistry
  • Selecting and using safe alternatives

As part of this program, companies are encouraged to partner with state and local technical assistance programs. Such programs can help identify ways to reduce waste and emissions and move toward safer substitute chemicals, which can result in reduced costs, improved productivity, and regulatory compliance.

Challenge Program Benefits
By making changes and participating in the Challenge Program, companies can:

  • Improve employee health and safety
  • Minimize risk and liability Institute supply chain initiatives
  • Improve company image with the community
  • Reward investments in the design of increasingly safer chemicals and products
  • Reduce cost of compliance and employee protection
  • Realize that alternatives may have improved performance
  • Improve profitability

Steps to Participating in the Challenge Program

This is a list of state and federal chemicals of concern.

Recognition and Reward Opportunities

Benefits of Membership

SCCP Flyer

To view the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) FAQs.

Member Profiles

May 19, 2014

Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) members have pledged to reduce or eliminate specific chemicals of concern usage by 2025.  Below are the profiles of SCCP members that have taken the pledge.

Washing Systems

Gougeon Brothers, Inc.

Tennant Company

Norchem Corporation

Naturepedic/Lullaby Earth

Cummins Technical Center

SCCP Alliance Members

January 29, 2014

The organizations below have joined the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) as Alliance Members.  A list of industry members is available here.

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection - Pollution Prevention

Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency - Office of P2

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC)

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Office of Pollution Prevention & Right to Know

New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Compliance Assistance & Pollution Prevention

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center

Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center

University of Michigan, Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS)

University of Wisconsin Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center

Washington State Department of Ecology

Eliminating Carcinogens

July 8, 2013

This document from Clean Production Action and Green Screen for Safer Chemicals can help companies eliminate carcinogens and other hazardous chemicals that are harmful to health in their manufacturing and products.

Eliminating Carcinogens How To

PRESS RELEASE: The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable Announces: Safer Chemistry Challenge Program

March 12, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012



WASHINGTON, DC – The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) has launched the 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP), a voluntary initiative to motivate, challenge, and assist companies to reduce the use of chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. The SCCP also rewards companies for finding safer alternatives and builds on ongoing business efforts to make toxic chemical reduction a business reality.

Forward thinking companies are focused on achieving high levels of environmental performance through sustainable business practices, including moving toward safer chemistries in the products companies manufacture and consume. It is also a way to address the ever-changing chemicals regulatory landscape. Jeffrey Burke quote: “Participating in the SCCP challenge not only gives companies an opportunity to cut costs but also a chance to become an industry leader in managing environmental responsibilities, reducing and preventing pollution, eliminating the use of toxic compounds, and substituting safer alternatives.”

The SCCP seeks to target reduction or elimination of the most toxic compounds that can be achieved by industry through pollution prevention or source reduction approaches. Companies have the flexibility to select chemicals for reduction to meet specific business objectives to focus reduction efforts on, or use the SCCP list of priority chemicals as guidance.

Companies that participate will be asked to reduce their use of chemicals by:

  • Moving toward cleaner processes, including adopting greener, more sustainable technologies
  • Using green chemistry tools and designs that avoid the use and generation of toxic chemicals
  • Selecting and using safe alternatives, such as benign or low toxicity materials or those that degrade into innocuous substances

Another value of the SCCP is that companies are encouraged to partner with state and local technical assistance programs to help identify effective ways to reduce waste and emissions and adopt safer substitute chemicals.

The SCCP offers industry a unique leadership opportunity for public and private sector collaboration that fosters a cleaner environment, new market opportunities, improved competitive advantage, while enhancing corporate image Additional resources and application information can be found at

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SCCP Press Release (PDF)

SCCP Membership

March 7, 2012

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s (NPPR) 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) seeks to motivate, challenge, and reward safer chemistry practices in businesses to reduce the use of chemicals, especially hazardous and toxic chemicals, through source reduction and pollution prevention measures.  Applicants should review the information in the program overview and frequently asked questions (FAQs) to understand all membership requirements. There are two primary types of membership to SCCP:

1. Alliance Membership that is open to academic institutions, state/local/federal government, and environmental/social/advocacy organizations at no cost, when you become a member of NPPR.

Alliance Member Agreement (updated fillable PDF form)

Alliance Member Agreement

2. Organizational Membership that is open to industry, business, healthcare, universities and other organizations.  This membership includes a NPPR membership.  A fee structure is located in the application form.

SCCP Application

SCCP Action Plan

This Sample Action Plan is an example to assist you with the creation of your facilities action plan.

Steps to Participate

SCCP Webinars

November 15, 2011

The November 14, 2011webinar provided a follow up to NPPR’s Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) webinar that was presented August 2.  Attendees were walked through the SCCP, program documents, and provided an update on the program.

SCCP November 2011 Webinar (PDF)

The August 2, 2011 webinar introduced the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) and provided an overview of the program.

SCCP August 2011 Webinar (PDF)

Success Story Template

November 8, 2011

Success stories are a way for companies to present a brief description of their achievements for recognition.  They provide a brief description of tools technologies and techniques used to enhance performance.

Success stories are used to:

  • Encourage companies to adopt pollution prevention and safer chemistry by showing real world examples.
  • Identify technologies and techniques that were successful.
  • Measure the effectiveness of pollution prevention and safer chemistry projects by quantifying chemical reductions, pollution reduction, money savings, and other benefits.
  • Promote environmental performance beyond the industry standard.

Here is a standard template to use in developing your company’s success story.  Email the completed success story to for it to be posted with the other SCCP success stories.

Technical Resource Links

November 8, 2011

The links to these technical resources are provided as part SCCP to aid companies in developing and carrying out their work plan.