2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference

2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference: Innovating for Success

PDFs and video recordings of the conference presentations are available below:


Mechanisms From Nature in Materials Design (John Warner, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry)
Green Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, and Design (Julie Zimmerman, Yale Center for Green Chemistry & Engineering)
Two Big Challenges for Green Chemistry Innovation: From an Industry Perspective (Dennis McGavis, Goodyear)

Panel 1: The Imperative of Green Chemistry for the Great Lakes
Chemical Challenges for the Great Lakes: Past, Present, and Future (Alison Spongberg, University of Toledo)
Commercialization of Three Bio-derived Materials at PolyOne: Case Studies (Jason Zhu, PolyOne Corporation)
Green Chemistry and Engineering Education Priorities (Glenn Lipscomb, University of Toledo)

Panel 2: How Policy Drives Green Chemistry Innovations: A Business Perspective
Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering at Dow (Pamela Spencer, Dow Chemical Co.)
Advancing Green Chemistry in Public Policy (Bryan McGannon, American Sustainable Business Council)

Panel 3: Green Chemistry Innovations in Business
Innovative Concretes Based on Innovative Green Chemistry (David Green, BASF Corporation)
Low VOC/HAP Options in Printing (Nicholas Liefeld, Serigraph Inc.)
Coatings Innovation from Green Chemistry (Steve Revnew, The Sherwin-Williams Company)

Panel 4: Getting Started on Alternatives Assessments
Transitioning to Safer Chemicals: OSHA’s Toolkit for Employers and Workers (Jessica Schifano, Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
Alternatives Assessment (AA) Basics: An Overview of the HESI AA Subcommittee Activities and What it Means for Industry (Pamela Spencer, Dow Chemical Co.)
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Tool Selector (Jonathan Rivin, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
The Core of Alternatives Assessments (Eric Harrington, Green Advantage Consultants

April 1-2, 2014
Wyndam Cleveland at Playhouse Square
Cleveland, OH

The purpose of this conference was to show how innovations in green chemistry drive advances in business, academia, policy, and human health protection in the Great Lakes region, and how integration and collaboration of these areas are crucial for success. The conference included keynotes, plenary sessions, panel sessions, breakout sessions and a poster networking exchange.

Keynote speakers:

  • John Warner (Warner-Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry)
  • Julie Zimmerman (Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering at Yale)
  • Dennis McGavis (Director – Global Sustainability, Goodyear Tire & Rubber)

For more information and to register, visit the conference website

  • Conference Flier (PDF)
  • Conference Agenda (PDF)

Student Poster Session

A poster networking exchange session will be offered to enable interactive discussions for research and implementation strategies related to green chemistry. Posters are invited from anyone involved in research, safer formulations, new product development and implementation, decision-making tools, or technical assistance. Ideally, posters will make a connection between green chemistry expertise and business needs in product development in safer chemistry. Student involvement is encouraged and entries from students are welcome.

  • Student Poster Session Flier (PDF)

There are also two other events associated with the 2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference:

  • March 31, 2014: Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable Half-Day Meeting
  • April 3, 2014GreenScreen™Training Workshop (see below for more information)

NOTE: All three events will be hosted at the same venue, but each requires separate registration.

Past Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conferences

2012 Conference