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2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference Presentations

July 21, 2014

Mechanisms From Nature in Materials Design (John Warner, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry)
Green Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, and Design (Julie Zimmerman, Yale Center for Green Chemistry & Engineering)
Two Big Challenges for Green Chemistry Innovation: From an Industry Perspective (Dennis McGavis, Goodyear)

Panel 1: The Imperative of Green Chemistry for the Great Lakes
Chemical Challenges for the Great Lakes: Past, Present, and Future (Alison Spongberg, University of Toledo)
Commercialization of Three Bio-derived Materials at PolyOne: Case Studies (Jason Zhu, PolyOne Corporation)
Green Chemistry and Engineering Education Priorities (Glenn Lipscomb, University of Toledo)

Panel 2: How Policy Drives Green Chemistry Innovations: A Business Perspective
The US Automotive Industry’s Response to the Green Chemistry Challenge (AJ Guikemo, Tetra Tech)
Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering at Dow (Pamela Spencer, Dow Chemical Co.)
Advancing Green Chemistry in Public Policy (Bryan McGannon, American Sustainable Business Council)

Panel 3: Green Chemistry Innovations in Business
Innovative Concretes Based on Innovative Green Chemistry (David Green, BASF Corporation)
Low VOC/HAP Options in Printing (Nicholas Liefeld, Serigraph Inc.)
Coatings Innovation from Green Chemistry (Steve Revnew, The Sherwin-Williams Company)

Panel 4: Getting Started on Alternatives Assessments
Transitioning to Safer Chemicals: OSHA’s Toolkit for Employers and Workers (Jessica Schifano, Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
Alternatives Assessment (AA) Basics: An Overview of the HESI AA Subcommittee Activities and What it Means for Industry (Pamela Spencer, Dow Chemical Co.)
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Tool Selector (Jonathan Rivin, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
The Core of Alternatives Assessments (Eric Harrington, Green Advantage Consultants

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Design for the Environment — Advancing Sustainability and Safer Product Innovation

May 13, 2014

Jim Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, has posted a blog on EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program that was recently featured at Walmart’s Sustainable Products Expo, which featured a range of speakers and attendees who came together to share information, learn about sustainability initiatives, and build a network for constructive collaboration and leadership.

Below is a link to the blog on EPA’s Homepage. You can also find the blog on the DfE Facebook page, which recently surpassed 5K “likes”. Please feel free to share these with your organization’s existing communications channel or with those who might be interested. Please also take a moment to “like” the DfE page as we continue to spread the word about the Safer Product Labeling Program.

Jim Jones’ Blog:

Facebook Post:

EPA Seeking Public Comment on Enhancing Transparency for Chemicals and Mixtures Used in Hydraulic Fracturing

May 13, 2014

WASHINGTON — EPA announced today that it will seek public comment on what information could be reported and disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining this information, including non-regulatory approaches. EPA is also soliciting input on incentives and recognition programs that could support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraulic fracturing. A public process through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) will help inform EPA’s efforts to promote the transparency and safety of unconventional oil and gas activities while strengthening protection of our air, water, land and communities.

“Today’s announcement represents an important step in increasing the public’s access to information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing activities,” said James Jones, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “EPA looks forward to hearing from the public and stakeholders about public disclosure of chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing, and we will continue working with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to ensure that we complement but not duplicate existing reporting requirements.”

EPA’s ANPR includes a list of questions for stakeholders and the public to consider as they develop their comments. Following the 90-day comment period, the agency will evaluate the submitted comments as it considers appropriate next steps. Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemakings are intended to engage the public and solicit comments and/or information from the public for EPA’s consideration in addressing a particular issue, including information that EPA could consider in developing non-regulatory approaches or a proposed rule.

Read EPA’s ANPR:

Cathy Milbourn

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