Advancing Green Chemistry Education
The GC3 Education group has recently had a few meetings to discuss a series of webinars that will be offered this fall and winter. The webinars will discuss the value of green chemistry, how toxicology relates to green chemistry and provide an overview of decision tools.
During the meeting in September, we will follow up on some webinar details as well as start up the discussion of developing a green chemistry bootcamp training again. The next working group call will be on September 27th, time TBD. If you are interested in joining these discussions, please contact Saskia Van Bergen.
Engaging Retailers in the Adoption of Safer Products
In August, Roger McFadden of Staples and Sally Edwards and Joel Tickner of the Lowell Center presented a webinar for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) on "Tools to Help Retailers Source and Sell Safer Products." There were 45 participants in the webinar. In response to a poll during the webinar regarding how the GC3 can be of assistance to retailers, participants indicated interest in receiving additional education on this topic via webinar and also were interested in a project where a few retailers would try some of the tools described and share results and lessons learned. The GC3 is currently working with several retailers to develop this project.
In addition, the GC3 continues to work on convening a Retail Leadership Council to spearhead its retail efforts. The Lowell Center is also looking to hire a part time retail specialist on a consulting basis to help with outreach to retailers. If you know of anyone suited for this position, please ask them to contact Amy Perlmutter.
Facilitating Chemical Data Flow Along Supply Chains
The Chemical Data-CBI project group is continuing work to develop a roadmap for considering the contexts in which CBI chemical data might be required as part of supply-chain transactions, the types of information that could be sought, and the availability/adequacy of approaches for meeting the requirements and concerns of both parties to a transaction involving sharing of chemical information.
During the next call, in September, we will provide a recap of the project for anyone who is new to the group, review potential next steps for the project that have been suggested by project team members, and begin to consider the shape of an interim report on the work completed and lessons learned during the past year. For the interim report, the goal is to draft a report this fall. During the call, we will discuss the objectives for the report, and consider -- and get feedback from the group -- on a draft outline. During the writing of the report, we will be asking project group members for targeted input on key sections.
Mainstreaming Green Chemistry
The GC3 is convening a project group, under the leadership of Bob Israel of Valspar, to provide advice and input on the development of An Agenda for Mainstreaming Green Chemistry. The project group will consist of a small number of representatives from business, government, academia, and non-profit organizations to explore ways to make Green Chemistry the norm for chemistry. GC3 members on the Advisory Group are Martin Wolf of Seventh Generation, and Mary Grim of Timberland.
A kick off call for this project will be held in September. The resulting Agenda will be an overarching framework for mainstreaming green chemistry that includes key partnerships, policy needs, research, education, and investments.
Promoting Green Chemistry Innovation
We officially kicked-off the project with a call on August 22 with an overview and discussion of project group goals and objectives, workplan, and webinars scheduled and in the works. The slides and notes for the call are on the project page of the GC3 website.
On Sept. 17, Kaichang Li, Professor of Wood Science & Engineering at Oregon State University and creator of the adhesive used in Purebond Plywood will present on his experience as an academic researcher, developing commercially-relevant green products and commercializing them through co-funding and licensing agreements. On Oct. 8, Rui Resendes, Executive Director, GreenCentre Canada, will walk us through the Centre’s innovative business model for commercializing early stage green chemistry inventions from academia and small to mid-sized companies. Register today for these webinars!
Our next group call is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27 at 2pm EST/11am PST. On this call we will present and discuss ideas for a new GC3 Green Chemistry Innovation initiative, solicit other ideas from the group, brainstorm potential partner organizations, and decide on next steps.