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August 28, 2012








News & Updates

Announcing the 8th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable- May 8-10, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Johnson & Johnson will be hosting the 8th Annual Innovators Roundtable from May 8-10, 2013, in New Brunswick, NJ.

Plan to attend this dynamic conference where over 100 sustainability leaders from a range of industry sectors, government, non-government organizations, and universities will convene to share challenges and best practices and work collaboratively on projects to advance green chemistry and design for environment practices.

We will build upon the great success of the 2012 Roundtable, when over 110 participants gathered for two and a half days of interactive sessions and collaboration on GC3 projects. More information on the 2012 Roundtable can be found on the 2012 Past Events page of the GC3 website.

Please forward this information to colleagues who may be interested and send topic, speaker and discussion group suggestions to Sarah Shields. We look forward to planning this next meeting with your help and to seeing you there!


Newly Elected GC3 Advisory Committee

Thank you for participating in the 2012/2013 GC3 Advisory Committee election.  We are happy to announce the following committee members:

  • Tess Fennelly, Segetis 
  • Mary Grim, Timberland LLC
  • Al Iannuzzi, Johnson & Johnson
  • Rich Liroff,
    Investor Environmental Heath Network
  • Ken Zarker, WA State Ecology Center
  • John Frazier, Nike
  • Barbara Hanley, HP
  • Bob Israel, Valspar
  • Roger McFadden, Staples

GC3 Project Group Updates


Advancing Green Chemistry Education

This project group is developing new approaches for embedding green chemistry principles and practices in college and professional education; academic and industry research, and government-funded research programs.

Two projects that were started last year will continue in 2012/2013:

  1. GC3 Statement on Green Chemistry in Higher Education.  The project group will continue to seek signatories on its statement supporting the integration of green chemistry in higher education.  If you would like to learn more about this initiative or would like your company to sign on to the statement, you can review and contact Sarah Shields for more information.
  2. Green Chemistry and Safer Alternatives Boot Camp.  The project group is developing curriculum modules for a 3-4 day green chemistry and safer alternatives “boot camp” (i.e., intensive learning session) to be held in 2013.
Please visit the Advancing Green Chemistry Education project page for further information.


Business and Academic Partnerships for Safer Chemicals

This project group is developing and piloting a process for companies and universities to work collaboratively to evaluate safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.

This year the group is completing a project focused on identifying and evaluating alternatives to known toxic phthalate plasticizers in PVC & non-PVC wire & cable applications. The group utilized the GreenScreen™ to conduct hazard assessments of nine alternative plasticizers.  Several activities are ongoing:

  1. Supporting Clean Production Action’s (CPA) efforts to develop, pilot and finalize the validation process for the GreenScreen™ program;
  2. Working to validate the draft GreenScreens™ conducted in the pilot project;
  3. Developing a plan for public dissemination of validated GC3 GreenScreens™;
  4. Developing a new webpage on the GC3 website to provide technical performance data on alternative plasticizers; and
  5. Discussing opportunities for future collaborative alternatives assessments on other chemical classes/applications.
Please visit the Business and Academic Partnerships for Safer Chemicals project page for further information.


Engaging Retailers in the Adoption of Safer Products

This project group engages retailers in efforts designed to advance the adoption of green chemistry policies and practices in retail companies and their suppliers.   

The group is focusing on two projects in 2012/2013:

  1. A series of webinars for retailers and their supply chains aimed at engaging more companies, more fully in practices that advance green chemistry and safer products.   Four webinars are planned for the coming year.  The first webinar of the year on the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides is described below.
  2. A national summit for retailers as a follow up to the retailer meeting organized in May 2011. This one day summit will be held in May 2013, in conjunction with the 8th GC3 Annual Innovators Roundtable.  For more information on the meeting, visit the Upcoming Events page of the GC3 website.
Please visit the Engaging Retailers in the Adoption of Safer Products project page for further information.


Facilitating Chemical Data Flow Along Supply Chains

This group conducts projects to advance the efforts of companies seeking chemical data from their supply chains for regulatory compliance activities, green product design and certification programs, and chemical disclosure initiatives.

The group is currently developing a workplan for the 2012/2013 project year, with two potential projects:

  1. A project in collaboration with two other organizations -- the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) Chemical Management Workgroup and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) workgroup – to advance efforts to standardize chemical data information systems within the apparel and footwear sector; and
  2. A project to examine the issue of Confidential Business Information (CBI) as a barrier to business-to-business chemical data collection and communication, and existing or potential business models to overcome this barrier.
Please visit the Facilitating Chemical Data Flow Along Supply Chains project page for further information.

Upcoming Retailer Webinar

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The Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides: What Retailers Need to Know

A GC3 Retailer Webinar

Speaker: Laura Koss, Senior Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Time: 12pm Eastern/9am Pacific
Cost: Free to GC3 members; $50 for non-members.

Webinar Description:
Laura Koss, Senior Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), will discuss the FTC’s Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, also known as the "Green Guides." She will describe the purpose and content of the Green Guides and the proposed revisions begin made to the guides in response to public comments. This webinar

will help retailers and consumer product manufacturers understand how the Green Guides can be used to navigate the increasingly complex world of green product development and marketing.

Dial In Information: For GC3 members a free registration link has been circulated over the green-innovation listserv. Non-members can participate by filling out a registration form and paying a small fee to the GC3.

Green Chemistry News

For more information on the work of the GC3, contact Sarah_Shields@uml.edu or call 978-934-2997.

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