In October 2006, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm issued Executive Directive No. 2006-6 (Directive), “Promotion of Green Chemistry for Sustainable Economic Development and Protection of Public Health.” The Directive establishes state policy encouraging the use of safer, less toxic, or non-toxic chemical alternatives to hazardous substances and the research, development, and implementation of Green Chemistry in Michigan, which is the design of chemical products and processes that reduces or eliminates the use and generation of hazardous substances. The responsibility for carrying-out the Directive is primarily the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ’s) with assistance from other state agencies. The Directive calls for the DEQ to establish a Green Chemistry Support Program (hereinafter referred to as the Michigan Green Chemistry Program) to promote and coordinate state Green Chemistry research, development, demonstration, education, and technology transfer activities in Michigan.1 The DEQ is also required to convene a Michigan Green Chemistry Support Roundtable (hereinafter referred to as the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable) that is representative of public health, industrial, environmental, local government, and general public perspectives. The Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable is to advise the DEQ on how best to carryout the work of the Michigan Green Chemistry Program.

  1. Providing encouragement for Green Chemistry research, development, demonstration, education, and technology transfer.
  2. Examining methods by which state government can create incentives for consideration and use of Green Chemistry processes and products.
  3. Facilitating the adoption of Green Chemistry innovations in Michigan.
  4. Expanding education and training of undergraduate and graduate students, and professional chemists and chemical engineers in Michigan, including through partnerships with industry, in Green Chemistry science and engineering.
  5. Collecting and disseminate information on Green Chemistry research, development, and technology transfer.
  6. Providing venues for outreach and dissemination of Green Chemistry advances, such as symposia, forums, conferences, and written materials in collaboration with, as appropriate, industry, academia, scientific and professional societies, and other relevant groups.
  7. Supporting economic, legal, and other appropriate social science research to identify barriers to commercialization and methods to advance commercialization of Green Chemistry.
  8. Providing for public input and outreach to be integrated into the Michigan Green Chemistry Program by the convening of public discussions, through mechanisms, such as citizen panels, consensus conferences, and educational events.
  9. Promoting voluntary, cooperative efforts with industrial sectors to develop Green Chemistry plans.
  10. Making recommendations to the Governor on an annual basis for a Governor’s Green Chemistry Award, promoting excellence, innovation, economic development, and public health risk reduction by businesses and institutions.
  11. Maintaining a Web site to provide information about the Michigan Green Chemistry Program.

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