What Is the GC3?

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) is a cross sectoral, business-to-business network of companies and other organizations working collaboratively to accelerate green chemistry across sectors and supply chains.


Green chemistry, green engineering and design for the environment are standard practice throughout the economy, contributing to innovation, improved public health and protection of the environment.

Strategic Approach

  • Develop and promote tools, policies and business practices to drive green chemistry throughout supply chains
  • Foster collaboration among businesses, government, non-governmental organizations, and academic researchers
  • Identify and leverage enablers of green chemistry adoption

A Video Introduction to the GC3

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How Did the GC3 Begin?

The GC3 originated in 2005 following the Innovators Roundtable on Sustainable Business and Safer Chemistry Through the Supply Chain, a meeting co-hosted by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. On the last day of the meeting, participants requested that the supply chain discussions begun in Charlottesville be given an opportunity to continue, at which point the Lowell Center offered to facilitate these future conversations.

What began as a series of regular conference calls to continue this dialog eventually grew into several working groups, each focused on projects of particular interest, an annual Innovators Roundtable conference to continue working group discussions in person, and an advisory committee to assist the Lowell Center with decision-making.

UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) is a project of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  Lowell Center staff facilitate and manage all GC3 activities.



Project Groups

Research and outreach activities and deliverables that advance the GC3 mission are carried out through a series of smaller project groups. The number and focus of projects undertaken each year are decided at the annual GC3 Roundtable. All GC3 members are encouraged to participate in and take leadership of project groups.

Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable

The Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable is where members, potential members, and invited guests come together to share relevant and up to date information, experiences and knowledge that can help advance the implementation of green chemistry and design for environment practices and the production and marketing of safer chemicals, materials and products.

GC3 Members

GC3 members are champions and innovators in the fields of green chemistry, design for the environment, and the production of safer chemicals, materials and products.  Approximately 75% of GC3 members are individual companies and 25% are representatives from non-governmental organizations, local, state and federal government agencies, and consulting firms.  All members agree to a set of guidelines and policies.