The State Government of Michigan is actively involved in promoting and coordinating green chemistry activities in Michigan through the Michigan Green Chemistry Program, managed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
The Michigan Green Chemistry Program (also known as the “Michigan Green Chemistry Support Program”) was created in October 2006 through Executive Directive No. 2006-6, the first Executive Directive in the USA specifically addressing green chemistry, as reflected in its title: “Promotion of Green Chemistry for Sustainable Economic Development and Protection of Public Health.” Executive Directive No. 2006-6 was issued by the former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm; in remains in effect with the incumbent Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder.
Executive Directive No. 2006-6 recognizes that, to benefit the State of Michigan, green chemistry must both (i) protect public health by fostering the use and development of new chemicals and chemical products that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances; and (ii) stimulate sustainability economic development by producing high quality products through safe and efficient manufacturing processes.
Executive Directive No. 2006-6 formally gives primary responsibility to the DEQ for the following:
- Create and implement a Green Chemistry (“Support”) Program to promote and coordinate green chemistry activities in areas such as research, development, demonstration, education and technology transfer.
- Convene the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable – a Roundtable of approximately 20 members, representing public health, industry, environment, local government, the general public, and economic development in Michigan; first convened in May 2008.
Together with the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable, the Michigan Green Chemistry Program has successfully produced the following output:
- An Action Plan for implementing green chemistry in Michigan:
“Advancing Green Chemistry: An Action Plan for Michigan Green Chemistry Research, Development, and Education” (September 2008); A report prepared by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production – University of Massachusetts Lowell for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (PDF)
- Annual Michigan Green Chemistry & Engineering (greenUp) Conference
- Annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award Program
- Funding program to initiate green chemistry focused projects