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Planning for this year’s 10th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable is now in full swing. Registration for non-GC3 Members is now open. Register early as we expect to reach maximum capacity quickly!
GC3 staff are finalizing panels, speakers and networking activities. In addition, we are preparing several GC3 reports for discussion at the Roundtable, in support our efforts to mainstream green chemistry, including: Making the Business Case for Green Chemistry; Measuring Progress Towards Green Chemistry, Building Demand to Scale Supply of Green Chemistry Alternatives, and our GC3 Agenda for Mainstreaming Green Chemistry.
Over the coming weeks we will highlight specific Roundtable sessions instead of our usual monthly newsletter. The entire Roundtable agenda is on-line.
Roundtable sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please email or call Jen Landry, GC3 Business Manager at 978-934-2997 for more information.
We look forward to seeing you in April for another terrific GC3 Roundtable!
Joel Tickner, GC3 Director
The GC3 Education Group is working on the development of the GC3 Education Portal which we plan to release before the Annual Innovators Roundtable in April. The next webinar in the GC3 Education Series will be held in early April on policies that affect chemical and product design.
The RLC continues to meet 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 with chemical manufacturers in 2014 and is planning for an in-person meeting in April 2015.
The Mainstreaming Advisory Committee met in late February to review a draft of the GC3 Agenda for Mainstreaming Green Chemistry and discuss outstanding issues and challenges. The development of the Agenda continues to evolve, and participants at April's Roundtable will be the first to hear its recommendations. Other Roundtable presenters on the Mainstreaming Green Chemistry panel will be Libby Bernick, Trucost; Tess Fennelly, Fennelly & Associates; and Ray Garant, American Chemical Society.
The project group for the GC3 collaborative innovation project on preservatives has now expanded to 11 brands/manufacturers and we have expanded the scope to include both personal care and household products. After our first call in January, we received excellent, detailed input from group members with performance; environmental, health and safety; and other criteria for new preservatives that firms are seeking. We are currently finalizing a GC3 preservatives criteria document that will articulate the need for new preservatives, the significant demand represented by the companies in our group, and the detailed development criteria. This document will be disseminated widely. We will begin discussions of additional tasks such as collaborative performance and EH&S evaluations of new technologies in the coming months.
Monica and Joel attended the LAUNCH Green Chemistry Forum at NASA’s Kennedy Space Station in January, presenting the Innovation Portal (IP) initiative and engaging a “council” of innovation experts in focused discussions on how we can structure and position the Portal for success. The IP was selected as a finalist for the LAUNCH Green Chemistry Challenge competition. We received terrific feedback on the Portal initiative at the meeting and strategic connections that will help us continue to shape the idea and position it for success. Since the LAUNCH Forum, we have begun the next round of development in close partnership with the ACS Green Chemistry Institute (GCI). We are currently developing a functional specification for the IP, to include the functionality that we presented at LAUNCH (matchmaking and a discussion forum) along with additional features. Through our partnership with ACS GCI, we are aiming to tap into the significant membership community and resources of the ACS, which would significantly increase the reach and impact of the Portal initiative. Still, the goals of the Portal are to connect and grow the GC community to advance GC innovation.
If you would like more information on these projects, please email Monica Becker.
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