The Green Chemistry Checklist

Checklist The Checklist is a new tool developed by the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable to help businesses set  goals and monitor their progress toward implementing Green Chemistry. Finished product manufacturers  as well as chemical manufacturers are encouraged to use the checklist.  The tool is being piloted now.    Please contact us to join the pilot, or just download the checklist and start using it.  We would love to  hear your feedback.  To join the pilot, contact Tracey Easthope.

Why Use the Green Chemistry Checklist?

Customers are increasingly expecting companies to show leadership in developing safer products to protect health and the environment.  This creates a market opportunity for innovative companies that are able to bring safer chemicals and products to market.   A commitment to Green Chemistry and Engineering can help demonstrate that leadership. Green Chemistry is a key value proposition for business and regional economic development.  Green Chemistry practices can mean cost savings in reduced energy and materials, and new sources of revenue in sustainable products and new performance characteristics.   It can also reduce liabilities, like the generation of hazardous waste, by substituting safer chemicals.  Finished product manufacturers as well as chemical manufacturers are encouraged to use the checklist.

What is the Checklist and how is it used?

The checklist is just that: a list of activities and metrics to help companies implement Green Chemistry and Engineering.  The checklist is designed to measure progress in creating a culture of innovation and in supporting the building blocks necessary to develop safer products. The checklist is a guide to help identify and monitor progress over time.  The goal is to engage in some of the activities identified in each of the four areas with increased activity over time. 

What is Green Chemistry and does it apply to my business?

Green Chemistry is broadly meant to include the Principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering, including efforts to create safer chemicals, products and processes and the tools and resources used to achieve that goal.  The principles of Green Chemistry assume: knowledge of toxicology, and ecology as well as chemistry and business; an understanding of how molecular and material design can impact environmental and human health; an investigation of the attributes of molecules like fate, transport and biogeochemistry; and consideration of the sustainability of feedstocks.  Finished product manufacturers as well as chemical manufacturers are encouraged to use the checklist.  

How is the Checklist organized?

The Checklist is organized around four areas of activity: Education, Hiring, Support & Communication, and Design and Innovation.  Each area has suggested activities and suggested metrics. 

Checklist Area 1: Education
Activity Possible Metric
☐ Identify and support Green Chemistry training opportunities for relevant employees at the time of hire  # of new hire trainings; # times per year offered; # new hires taking training, % of relevant new hires completing the training 
☐ Identify and support regular Green Chemistry training opportunities for all relevant employees # of continuing education trainings offered, # of employees taking trainings
☐ Identify and support Green Chemistry training or learning opportunities for suppliers  # of c.e. training/learning opportunities offered, # of suppliers engaged, # of supplier employees taking seminars/trainings etc.
☐ Work with sector trade associations or other groups to identify seminars and training for sector members # of associations approached, # of trainings offered, # of sessions at conferences
☐ Recognize staff doing outstanding work in Green Chemistry and Engineering including the development of safer chemicals, products and processes Employee award created, # of employees recognized,
☐ Recognize suppliers doing outstanding work in Green Chemistry and Engineering including the development of safer chemicals, products and processes # of suppliers recognized
☐ Include recognition for Green Chemistry innovators in company compensation considerations # of employees recognized; Green Chemistry activity included in compensation reviews where appropriate
Checklist Area 2: Hiring
Activity Possible Metric
☐ Include explicit reference to desire for Green Chemistry and Engineering academic training in all relevant job postings # of job postings with reference to GC and GE/all relevant job postings
☐ Hire candidates with Green Chemistry and Engineering training all things being equal # of hirings with experience in GC and GE 
☐ Incorporate Green Chemistry corporate goals and vision into relevant new hire orientation New hire trainings include Green Chemistry corporate goals
☐ Include Green Chemistry and Engineering performance requirements in job goals including the development of safer chemicals, products and processes # of employees with Green Chemistry and Engineering performance requirements
Checklist Area 3: Support and Communication
Activity Possible Metrics
☐ Provide co-op internship placements for students working in Green Chemistry and Engineering fields # of Green Chemistry/GE student interns; # of GC/GE placement opportunities
☐ Provide support to local academic institutions to encourage Green Chemistry and Engineering training for students # of institutions approached with information
☐ Work with local academic institutions on innovations needed for a green economy # of publicly announced collaborations
☐ Communicate company Green Chemistry goals to suppliers # of meetings/seminars held with suppliers including this topic; inclusion of GC&E goals in CDP, GRI or other relevant B to B communication platforms
☐ Publicly report on Green Chemistry/Green Engineering progress including the development of safer chemicals, products and processes Report on innovations in Green Chemistry through the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) and other public reporting; inclusion of GC&E goals in CDP, GRI or other similar reports; publishing case studies and reports on company progress toward GC/GE
☐ Provide assistance to suppliers in meeting their Green Chemistry goals # of examples; impact of examples ($, waste reduction, etc.)
☐ Sign the Policy Statement on Green Chemistry in Higher Education Sent message to GC3 with sign on 
☐ Become a Corporate Partner of the Green Chemistry Commitment

Signed on as a Corporate Partner with the Green Chemistry Commitment; Worked with the academic signers of the GCC in one or more of the six ways that partners are involved.

Checklist Area 4: Design and Innovation
Activity Possible Metric
☐ Establish Green Chemistry products and processes as a primary goal of the organization   Broad executive policy promoting green chemistry in place; tracking # of KPI’s based on Green Chemistry principles
☐ Regularly monitor progress toward Green Chemistry goals including greening product lines  Evaluation process in place to monitor progress toward safer chemistry goals including product development, # of product lines greened
☐ Embed Green Chemistry design criteria in product design guidelines and at each stage gate of product development Green Chemistry criteria embedded in design guidelines, tools, processes and practices and at each stage gate of development
☐ Include Green Chemistry criteria in relevant sourcing protocols/specifications/contracts Language in standard specifications/ protocols/ contracts requiring/rewarding greener chemical products or green chemical manufacturing 
☐ Screen all new chemical ingredients for Green Chemistry attributesPolicy and process in place for screening chemicals Policy and process in place for screening chemicals
☐ Devote R and D dollars to Green Chemistry innovation  Dollars devoted to Green Chemistry innovation
☐ Commercialize products with Green Chemistry advantages over existing chemicals or products # of products commercialized; value of products commercialized
☐ Commercialize inherently green chemicals or products (product designed to be green from the ground up) # of green chemical products commercialized
☐ Commercialize products designed to be restorative or to increase resilience in ecosystems # of restorative products commercialized

 

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