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GC3 staff have been active this summer in research, outreach, and finishing GC3 publications and tools. GC3 had a strong presence at the July Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference with an exhibit booth, demonstration of the GC3/ACS GCI Green Chemistry Innovation Portal, a poster, and a well-attended, lively reception for GC3 members and friends. Earlier this month, the GC3 staff had its annual workplan retreat. We mapped out an ambitious set of goals for each of the five major GC3 projects: Mainstreaming Green Chemistry, the GC3/ACS GCI Innovation Portal, the Retailer Leadership Council, the Preservatives Collaborative Innovation Project, and the Green Chemistry Education project. The workplans for these groups will include educational webinars, reports, outreach activities, and new web “portals”. Additionally, we will be undertaking some branding changes to ensure consistency in GC3’s messages and a more user friendly website. Finally, based on input from our GC3 Advisory Committee, we are revising GC3 membership guidelines to better clarify GC3 member benefits and responsibilities. As the GC3 grows in both size and breadth, we want to make sure the organization has the greatest impact on mainstreaming green chemistry.
Our two reports launched this spring - Making the Business and Economic Case for Safer Chemistry and Advancing Green Chemistry: Barriers to Adoption & Ways to Accelerate Green Chemistry in Supply Chains – have received very positive feedback and have been widely distributed. We expect similar impact as we release our GC3 Agenda for Mainstreaming Green Chemistry early this fall. GC3 has been active in shaping and will have a strong presence in two upcoming major conferences: the Guardian Green Chemistry Conference on September 2 in New York City; and the German EPA and Ministry of Environment Sustainable Chemistry 2015 Conference in Berlin on September 24-25 (where we are also a co-sponsor).
We have a very active fall planned so please stay tuned for announcements of upcoming reports, webinars, and events. And of course, we in the process of seeking early sponsors for our 2016, 11th Innovators Roundtable hosted by Seventh Generation, from May 24-26 in Burlington Vermont.
All the best,
The focus of the Mainstreaming Green Chemistry project for the past few months has been on completing the draft GC3 Agenda for Mainstreaming Green Chemistry, along with its companion Action Plan, and preparing for April’s roundtable.
The Agenda to Mainstream Green Chemistry is going through final edits and will be available in early September. We will plan a webinar around its release. The Mainstreaming Project Group Advisory Committee will also be meeting in early September to discuss structure and workplan for the coming year. Anyone interested in this project can contact Amy Perlmutter.
The Innovation Group has two ongoing projects: the Green Chemistry Innovation Portal and the Collaborative Innovation Project on Preservatives in Personal Care & Household Products.
The Green Chemistry Innovation Portal (“The Portal”)
The Green Chemistry Innovation Portal made its debut at the GC&E Conference on July 14th to positive feedback from a range of companies, academics, and others in the green chemistry community. The Innovation Forum is now open for questions, discussions, and announcements on green chemistry research and innovation, and has been getting some early activity. One popular post is the ACS GCI's call for input from chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers on its sustainable separations roadmap. In another post, a Ph.D. student asked for and received advice on courses for safer chemical design.
Collaborative Innovation Project on Preservatives in Personal Care & Household Products (“Collaborative Innovation Project”)
We are pleased to announce that our group has released the Need Statement & Development Criteria for New Preservatives for Personal Care & Household Products, which was developed with contributions from all 12 participating companies: Aubrey Organics, Aveda, BabyGanics, Beautycounter, Colgate Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Henkel, L’Oreal, Method, Procter & Gamble, Seventh Generation, and Unilever. We are actively disseminating the document and are engaging in many conversations with companies – large and small – that are interested in developing technologies to meet this need.
Our conversations within our group and with open innovation service providers are generating significant interest and concrete design ideas for development of an open innovation project on preservatives. We plan to recruit other companies to participate.
If you would like more information on this project, please email Monica Becker.
The Education Group is ramping up to the next year of our GC3 Fellows Program, which places qualified students into green chemistry internships for the summer. This provides GC3 members with the motivated, educated candidates they require, while also demonstrating industry demand for green chemistry to both businesses and universities. The pilot year of the GC3 Fellows Program has been very successful, with our first-ever GC3 intern working on a project at Hewlett Packard under the mentorship of Barbara Hanley. HP has stated that the GC3's handling of the recruitment, application, and screening helped them streamline and expedite the intern hiring process, providing a short-list of highly qualified candidates. We will be holding a call with interested parties in the next two weeks to discuss details of the upcoming 2016 Fellows Program. If you are interested in participating, please contact Saskia van Bergen.
The RLC continues to meets on a monthly basis via conference call to share ideas and discuss different approaches retailers are using for sourcing and selling safer products. The group is continuing the dialogue it began in 2014 with chemical manufacturers AkzoNobel, BASF, Dow, DuPont, and Eastman. A meeting to continue the dialogue is being planned for October 2015.
A webinar of particular interest to retailers is being planned for late October 2015. Therese Holmgren, Chemical Specialist Team Manager, will give a presentation on IKEA’s chemicals policy and its actions to substitute chemicals of high concern with safer alternatives. Details will be forthcoming.
For further information about the Retailer Leadership Council, please contact Sally Edwards.
Hosted by the German Environmental Agency and co-organized by the GC3, this conference will bring together companies, government agencies, academics, and non-profits from Europe and the United States to discuss challenges and opportunities to accelerate sustainable chemistry at a global level.
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GC3 IN THE NEWS
Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products: The Key Role of Purchasing
The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production has just released, along with the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, Responsible Purchasing Network, and Green Electronics Council, a new report entitled Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products: The Key Role of Purchasing. This report presents six case studies of organizations taking leadership roles in identifying and screening out potentially toxic substances in the products they buy, and finding safer alternatives. The cases provide an overview of the effort, drivers, how organizations keep up with changing science, how they engage employees and suppliers, and lessons learned. A webinar on the subject will be held on September 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm ET. Register today.
Strategies and Tools for Purchasing Products with Safer Chemistries
Green Chemistry Guide - Listen and Learn Webinar Series
Guardian Making Green Chemistry Mainstream Event
Sustainable Chemicals & Plastics Adoption & Applications Summit
2015 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference
Cradle to Cradle 2015 Product Symposium
Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
Frontiers in Green Materials
Innovation Takes Root
20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference
For more information on the work of the GC3, email us or call 978-934-2997.
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