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Region 1: EPA New England

New England Green Chemistry Challenge

Overview

What is Green Chemistry?

Register for Business Value Creation Through Green Chemistry, December 18, 2013 Green Chemistry provides a framework for a sustainable future by adopting safer practices and using less hazardous and non-toxic chemicals. Simply put, green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.

What is the New England Green Chemistry Challenge?

The overarching goal/mission for the New England Green Chemistry Challenge is to broaden the understanding and adoption of green chemistry practices and principles in business, education, government, health care, and society as a catalyst to grow a sustainable economy in New England and beyond. Some of the goals include

  • Understanding the interrelationship of green chemistry and sustainability.
  • Supporting a transformative dialogue about new ways to achieve a safe and green.
  • Fostering a New England economy that is based on local resources, labor force, research capacity and expert knowledge.

How will the New England Challenge accomplish this?

EPA Region 1 convened New England leaders in green chemistry during the summer and fall of 2010. From these meetings a strategic plan was agreed upon as well as a structure for moving forward. A coordinating committee was formed, chaired by Regional Administrator Curt Spalding, US EPA and John Warner, Founder of Warner Babcock Institute. From this committee co-leads were selected for six strategic sector based groups;

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

Members of the Coordinating Committee were charged to be true green chemistry advocates and practitioners, by reaching out to individuals, agencies, associations and the public as advocates of green chemistry. The six strategic groups developed their own action plans for building understanding, fostering relationships and establishing commitment to a safer, greener, sustainable society and this work is summarized in the NEW ENGLAND GREEN CHEMISTRY CHALLENGE: 2011-2012 STRATEGIC REPORT (PDF) (32 pp, 918 K).







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