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February 2011



The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council Quarterly e-Newsletter is a publication of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Each issue of the newsletter provides current information about upcoming and ongoing GC3 activities, and news about green chemistry and design for environment.


GC3 Annual Dues Will Need to Be Renewed May 1st

For your convenience, membership dues can be paid or renewed when registering to attend the GC3 Innovators Roundtable (see link below). Contact Melissa Coffin at (978) 934-2997 with questions.


Date Set for Next GC3 Webinar

Topic: Supporting Innovation Through Knowledge Sharing: Lessons Learned

Presenter: John Frazier, Nike Considered Chemistry

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Time: 2pm Eastern/11 am Pacific

Cost:Participation in the webinar is  free to GC3 member companies.  Others may join the webinar for a fee of $50.

Call & Log-In Information: Participation information will be circulated to GC3 members over the green-innovation listserv.  Those paying for the webinar will be given this info upon receipt of payment.  Contact melissa_coffin@uml.edu for details.


2011 GC3  Innovators Roundtable

Advancing Green Chemistry Practices in Business: The 6th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable: May 4 & 5, 2011 in Cupertino, CA

Topics to include:

  • Advancing Green Chemistry Education
  • Driving Innovation through Transparent Chemical Data and Analysis
  • Green Chemistry & Safer Materials in the Electronics Sector
  • Advancing Safer Design in Footwear & Apparel
  • Emerging Issues in Green Chemistry & Design for Environment
  • Updates on GC3 working group projects
    • Business & Academic Partnerships: A Pilot Project for Safer Plasticizers in Wire & Cable
    • Facilitating Chemical Data Flow Along Supply Chains: A Guidance Document for Suppliers
    • Incentivizing Green Chemistry in Supply Chains: A Whitepaper for Safer Chemistry
    • Understanding Product Chemicals Management in Retail: A Portal of Tools & Systems

Click Here to Register Now!

GC3 in action

GC3 Publishing Guidance Document for Chemical Data Sharing

In February 2011 the GC3 Chemical Data working group finalized its 55-page report, "Meeting Customer's Needs for Chemical Data: A guidance document for suppliers."  Gathering input from GC3 and other companies, and their suppliers, the working group has developed a manual to advance the data gathering efforts already underway by some fabricators and formulators, as well as efforts by suppliers to provide data to their customers.  The report will be formally released in the coming weeks.

Working Group Seeking Input on Wire & Cable Project

The GC3's Business/Academic Partnerships working group is seeking input from the GC3 on an inventory of plasticizers used in wire and cable.  A small number of plasticizers identified will be selected for screening and assessment of environmental, health, and safety information, and the working group would like to know which plasticizers are of the greatest interest to your company.  Click here to vote on the plasticizers you want evaluated.

February Webinar Recording Available Online

A recording of the GC3's February 1st webinar featuring EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) Director, Wendy Cleland-Hamnett has been uploaded to the Members Only section of the GC3 website.  GC3 members can access the recording here.  Slides from the presentation are publicly available here.

Green Chemistry news

Sugar-Based Surfactants

New research to be published in an upcoming issue of Green Chemistry describes a new approach to synthesizing carbohydrate-based surfactants.  Read more...

States Establish an Interstate Chemicals Clearninghouse

In January 2001, environmental officials from 10 state and local governments announced the formation of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) to promote a clean environment, healthy communities, and a vital economy through the development of safer chemicals and products.  The IC2 invites businesses, academic programs and NGOs to join the Clearinghouse as Supporting Members and to participate in the IC2 Council or the IC2 working groups.  Read more...

Special Issue of Toxics Use Reduction

The March 2011 issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production is a special issue featuring a retrospective of Massachusetts's 20 years of experience with toxics use reduction.  Articles include a look at supply chain collaboration as an method for reducing the use of toxic materials, Massachusetts's approach to safer alternatives assessment, and many others.  Read more...

Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network Phone Seminar

The Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network has announced a series of upcoming green chemistry speakers in the coming months.  February's presenter will be green chemist Dr. Terry Collins from the Institute for Green Science, who will discuss his research on oxidative catalysts.  Read more...

Clorox Releases Product Ingredient Information

Earlier this month The Clorox Company made full ingredient information for its line of cleaning products publicly available on its Corporate Responsibility website.  A master list of dyes and fragrances used by the company has also been published.  Read more...

New Report Links Business, Green Chemistry, and Jobs

The environmental organization Environment America released a report in February, entitled Safer by Design, which examines the efforts of 14 companies to identify and eliminate chemical hazards from their facilities, manufacturing processes, and final products.  The report discusses how these actions can also reduce costs, increase revenues, and create green jobs.  Read more...


GC3 Innovators Roundtable

May 4 & 5, 2011
Hosted by HP


Cupertino, CA


Product Chemicals Management in Retail

May 3, 2011


Watsonville, CA


Greener Nano 2011

May 1-3, 2011


Cupertino, CA


15th Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

held jointly with the

   5th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry

June 21-23, 2011

Washington, DC



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