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GC3 Innovators Roundtable is Just Two Weeks Away, Register Today!

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The 8th Annual Green Chemistry and Commerce Council Innovators Roundtable is just two weeks away and promises to be the most engaging yet! Based on feedback from previous Roundtables, we have designed a series of panels that will address the practical and challenging aspects of green chemistry application. In particular, we will focus on leveraging innovation in the chemical industry through supply chain collaboration. We will also consider opportunities for safer chemistry in the medical devices sector and new tools for measuring progress towards safer chemical use in products and processes.

GC3 project groups have been hard at work on developing green chemistry education training curricula; understanding best practices in confidential business information transactions; organizing a retailer summit on safer chemistry; and finalizing the pilot project on phthalate alternatives in wire and cable. They will present their results and discuss next steps. As a result of our January GC3 Advisory Committee retreat, we will also hold a first ever GC3 discussion on mainstreaming green chemistry that will likely lead to a new GC3 project. Additionally, there will be ample time for discussion, networking, and collaborative thinking, a hallmark of the Innovators Roundtables.

Companies attending this year's Roundtable include:

  • Akzo Nobel, Inc.
  • Aveda/Estee Lauder Corp.
  • BASF Corporation
  • Bayer
  • BD
  • Construction Specialties
  • Covance
  • DSM
  • Dupont
  • Eastman Chemical Co.
  • ecVIsion
  • FRX Polymers
  • Hallstar
  • Herman Miller
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Nike
  • P2 Science, Inc.
  • Schneider Electric IT
  • Seventh Generation
  • Shaw Industries
  • Staples
  • Steelcase Inc.
  • Teknor Apex Co.
  • Timberland
  • Valspar Corp.

Join these companies and register today!

GC3 Project Group Updates

Advancing Green Chemistry Education
This project group is working on a green chemistry and safer alternatives training for GC3 member companies. The group is working to put together a tiered training program for multiple stakeholder groups that will help the communication of green chemistry and safer alternatives within a company and externally along a supply chain.

Business and Academic Partnerships for Safer Chemicals
The project is now close to completion. Nine plasticizers, selected by the workgroup, were evaluated by ToxServices using Clean Production Action's (CPA) GreenScreen Method. Project group members reviewed the Draft GreenScreen assessments and provided additional data and comments. The draft assessments and all comments received were posted on a password-protected webpage for the group to access. Final documents for the project are being prepared and will be released publicly. See the Greenbiz.com article for a short summary of the project

Engaging Retailers in the Adoption of Safer Products
This project group has been meeting via conference call since January to plan the agenda for the second National Summit for Retailers, to be held in NYC on May 7. The Summit is designed to be informative and interactive. The agenda includes sessions on: Drivers for Safer Chemicals and Products in the Retail Sector and Key Leverage Points for Change; Educating Consumers and Building Demand for Safer Products; Addressing Supply Chain Challenges to Encourage the Manufacture and Sale of Safer Products; and, New Tools to Assist Retailers in the Transition to Safer Chemicals and Products.

Facilitating Chemical Data Flow Along Supply Chains
This group is continuing its work to provide a roadmap for methods to facilitate communication of essential chemical data in supply chain transactions that potentially involve CBI chemical information. The group is considering the types of issues for which information could be sought, and the availability/adequacy of approaches for meeting the requirements and concerns of both parties involved in sharing information. Since the beginning of 2013, the group has participated in discussions led by speakers engaged in a variety of current approaches including Health Product Declarations, Cradle-to-Cradle certification process, and the types of information that should/shouldn't be considered CBI.

 

Upcoming Webinar

June 2013

Successful Industry Collaborations for Evaluating the Performance of Safer Chemical Alternatives

Evaluating the technical performance of safer alternatives to chemicals of concern is a crucial and sometimes challenging step in conducting chemical alternatives assessment (AA). Companies in a number of sectors have found that collaborating to conduct performance evaluations can lead to more robust results at lower cost. Collaborations have been successful for certain classes of chemicals in certain product or manufacturing process applications that are considered pre-competitive.

In this webinar Greg Morose from the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) will present on successful collaborations to evaluate the performance of safer alternatives to lead-free solder for printed circuit boards and hexavalent chrome sealants for aerospace applications. Greg will discuss how TURI structures the collaborations and the hands-on testing of alternatives as well as the challenges and lessons learned.

 

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

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