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

The National Academies

The National Academies formed the Standing Committee on Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions to facilitate communication among government, industry, environmental groups, and the academic community about scientific advances that may be used in the identification, quantification, and control of environmental impacts on human health.

One means of communication is the “Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions” Work Shop Series. Previous work shops have covered a number of topics, including green chemistry.

Green Chemistry: Applying 21st Century Toxicology to Green Chemical and Material Design; September 20-21, 2011; House of Sweden, Washington DC, USA

  • Agenda, Reading List, Speaker and Panelist Biographies, Presentations and Archived Webcast can be found here.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

The following webinars provide an overview of the current green chemistry initiatives being undertaken by various sections of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). These webinars were aired as a part of the Phone Seminar Series on Green Chemistry hosted by the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse and the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network.

“Amplifying and Leveraging the Imperative of Green Chemistry” by David Widawsky

(Acting Director – Economics, Exposure, and Technology Division, US EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics)

November 7, 2012

PDF of presentation

Alternatives Assessment and Safer Product Labeling as Drivers for Green Chemistryby Clive Davies 

(Chief, Design for the Environment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

January 11, 2012

PDF of presentation

“Green Chemistry Advances at EPA” by John Leazer

(Division Director, Sustainable Technology Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

November 16, 2011

PDF of presentation

US EPA Green Chemistry Program

“EPA promotes the research, development, and implementation of innovative chemical technologies that accomplish pollution prevention in a scientifically sound and cost-effective manner. To accomplish these goals, the Green Chemistry Program recognizes and supports chemical technologies that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances during the design, manufacture, and use of chemical products and processes. More specifically, the Green Chemistry Program supports fundamental research in the area of environmentally benign chemistry as well as a variety of educational activities, international activities, conferences and meetings, and tool development, all through voluntary partnerships with academia, industry, other government agencies, and non-government organizations.” (Source: US EPA Green Chemistry Program website)

Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge 

The annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge is sponsored by the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention of the US EPA in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute and other stakeholders. The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge was established to “ recognize and promote innovative chemical technologies that prevent pollution and have broad applicability in industry.”

  • Information on award categories, selection criteria, and nomination packages for entering can be found here.
  • A PDF booklet of Award Recipients from 2006 to 2011 can be found here
U.S. EPA Region 1: New England Green Chemistry Challenge

Webinar from the Great Lakes Green Chemistry / Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse Phone Seminar Series on Green Chemistry:

October 10, 2012“The New England Green Chemistry Initiative” by Nicholas Anastas (U.S. EPA Region 1, Office of Environmental Stewardship) 

In 2010, the U.S. EPA Region 1, with support from the Office of Research and Development of the U.S. EPA, launched the New England Green Chemistry Challenge. The Challenge is multi-sector collaborative effort with representation from New England State Governments, industry, academia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The stated goal of the Challenge is to “…advance the knowledge and practice of green chemistry principles in business, educa­tion, and government. The Challenge is a catalyst to grow a sustainable economy through green chemistry in New England and beyond.”

To initiative the Challenge, EPA Region 1 convened a Green Chemistry Coordinating Committee that identified the following six sector-based strategic groups:

  • Policy (Government)
  • Production & Work (Business)
  • Investment & Development (Venture/Investment)
  • Education (K-12, Colleges & Universities)
  • Advocacy & Demand (Non-Government Organizations)
  • Healthcare (Environmental Health Organizations)

In December 2010, members of the six strategic groups convened at the New England Green Chemistry Networking Forum to begin deliberations, which ultimately resulted in a Strategic Report submitted to US EPA Region 1 on how to advance green chemistry in New England. See below for details on the output to date from the New England Green Chemistry Challenge.

  • New England Green Chemistry Networking Forum; December 16, 2010; MIT Faculty Club, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
  • EPA Regional Science Workshop on Sustainable-Green Chemistry; June 13-14, 2011; EPA Region 1, Boston, Massachusetts USA
  • Report: “New England Green Chemistry Challenge 2011-2012 Strategic Report – designing chemicals and processes that reduce or eliminate hazardous substances” (PDF)
  • New England Green Chemistry Showcase: 2012 Year in Review; October 24, 2012EPA Region 1, Boston, Massachusetts USA