Advancing Innovation for a Sustainable Future   
October 27, 2011. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.  

For details, including speaker biographies and PDF presentations visit the Department of Environmental Quality.  

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor hosted the 2011 Greenup Green Chemistry and Green Engineering Conference in October. Governor Rick Snyder keynoted and presented the statewide awards for innovation in Green Chemistry to academics, businesses and students. President Mary Sue Coleman of the University of Michigan – a biochemist – introduced the Governor, and welcomed participants. 

FEATURED VIDEOS: Highlights from the Governor’s address, and a short interview with University President Coleman:

Governor Snyder’s Keynote Address

Mary Sue Coleman, University of Michigan President

Leading Michigan businesses are building a greener economy.   Ford Motor’s biobased materials lab is an exciting example of innovations in Michigan:

 Debbie Mielewski

2011 was the third year that Michigan presented awards to Green Chemistry innovators in the state.  Michigan is the only state with a Green Chemistry award:




2011 Governor’s Business Award Winner, Reuben Tandoh





2011 Governor’s Academic Award Winner, Ramani Narayan

Impressive student poster presentations garnered awards for UM and MSU at the 2011 Greenup conference:   

Benjamin Klepser


Damith Perera

Peter Valdez



2009 Green Chemistry Award winner Phil Savage describes the work that won him his award: 

Phil Savage



Michigan’s Green Chemistry Education Network was started by Chemistry Professor Dalila Kovacs: 

Dalia Kovacs, Grand Valley State University

Green Chemistry innovations in the auto supply chains: 

Jeff Barber