Federal Government Initiatives

National Science Foundation

National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures

The National Academies

United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

US EPA Green Chemistry Program

U.S. EPA Region1: New England Green Chemistry Challenge

National Science Foundation

SuSChem Workshop: Identifying fundamental research needs to increase the sustainability of chemical and materials processing

The SuSChem (Sustainable Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials) Workshop, held at the Hilton Arlington (Arlington, Virginia, USA) from January 17-19, 2012, was sponsored by the following Divisions of the National Science Foundation (NSF):

  • Division of Chemistry
  • Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
  • Division of Materials Research (DMR)

According to its website, the goals of the workshop were to “explore multi-disciplinary synergies in research and education, and to encourage a consilient view of sustainability, from the atomic/molecular scale to the systems level, and including non-technical considerations. Outcomes are expected to include strategies to reduce or eliminate the use of rare elements and other scarce materials, reduce the use of freshwater and energy in processing and manufacturing, design benign replacements and increase the feasibility of recovery/recycling.“


A report on the Workshop will be made publicly available by approximately June, 2012. 


Program, list of participants, resource materials and other information can be found here.


National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures

The National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures is a public engagement initiative on chemicals policy supported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

An outcome of this initiative was the development of an Action Agenda with recommendations to help government agencies and other stakeholders strengthen their efforts around protecting the public from harmful chemical exposures.

  • Action Agenda: “Addressing Public Health and Chemical Exposures: An Action Agenda” by the Leadership Council of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures (June 2011) (PDF)
  • Informational Flyer (PDF

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