2015 GC3 Innovators Roundtable — Program & Slides

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

11:30 pm – 12:45 pm             


1:00 pm – 1:40 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell
John Frazier, Nike (presentation not available)

Welcome Video

Chris Coons, U.S. Senator of Delaware

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1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

Opening Keynote Presentation

John Frazier, Nike (presentation not available)

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2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Session I. Ten Years Back and Ten Years Ahead:  Green Chemistry and the GC3

In the opening session, we will reflect on how the world has changed during the last decade since the GC3 was formed, vis-a-vis regulations, consumer concerns, NGO advocacy, retailer initiatives, complexity of supply chains and the field of green chemistry.  In this session our panelists will share how product manufacturers have responded and will need to respond in the future, how green chemistry is evolving in academia and industry, and the role of the GC3 in advancing green chemistry in this changing world.

Moderator: Monica Becker, Monica Becker & Associates

Sean Cady
, VF Corporation (presentation not available)
Tammy Ayers, Steelcase
James Hutchison, University of Oregon

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3:30 pm – 3:50 pm


3:50 pm – 5:15 pm

Session II. Moving Forward on Mainstreaming

The GC3 has sponsored a series of Strategic Research Initiatives and discussions to build its Agenda for Mainstreaming Green Chemistry.  This session will present the findings of two of these initiatives-- Making the Business Case for Green Chemistry and Building Demand for Green Chemistry – as well GC3's Agenda for Mainstreaming Green Chemistry, and what the policy implications of these findings may be. 

Moderator: Joel Tickner, Univeristy of Massachusetts Lowell


Amy Perlmutter, Perlmutter Associates
Tess Fennelly, T Fennelly & Associates, Inc
Libby Bernick, Trucost
Ray Garant, American Chemical Society

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5:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Keynote Presentation

Bob Kumpf, Elevance

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5:45 pm


6:00 pm


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

7:45 am – 8:30 am               


8:30 am – 8:45 am

Welcome and Day 1 Review

Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell

8:45 am – 9:15 am

Keynote Presentation

Eric Beckman, University of Pittsburgh

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9:15 am – 10:45 am

Session III. Thinking Outside the Box: Innovative Business Efforts to Accelerate Green Chemistry

This session will present three case examples of firms across the supply chain undertaking unique and transformative approaches to accelerate green chemistry development and adoption and the lessons learned.

Moderator: Ken Geiser, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Matt Dwyer, Patagonia
Rey Banatao, Connora Tech

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10:45 am – 11:05 am


11:05 am – 12:30 pm

Session IV. Are We Succeeding?:  Measuring Progress in Green Chemistry

While there is much activity in green chemistry, we are just beginning to develop systematic ways to evaluate progress in its adoption as a way of doing business.  This session will describe and discuss metrics for measuring advancement in green chemistry at the molecular, product,  firm, and sector level.

Moderator:  Amanda Cattermole, Cattermole Consulting

Ann Blake,  Environmental and Public Health Consulting
Andrew Dicks, University of Toronto
Gabe Wing, Herman Miller
Sally Edwards, University of Massachusetts Lowell

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12:30 pm – 1:45 pm


 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

OPTIONAL LUNCH DISCUSSION:  SBIR.gov and Fueling Small Business Innovation
Nagesh Rao,
U.S. Small Business Administration

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Green Chemistry Problem Solving

Small networking groups will be given real-world green chemistry problems to discuss and solve.  Problems will cover technology, definitions, market growth, and more. Our goal is to build our individual networks, generate ideas for collaborations, and identify new approaches to addressing vexing GC challenges.

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3:00 pm – 3:20 pm


3:20 pm – 5:15 pm

Session V. What Makes Partnerships Work: Lessons from the Real World

Partnerships are an essential tool for moving forward on green chemistry innovations.  GC3 members report successful business:business, business:university, business:government, and business:NGO partnerships.  This session will provide examples of two partnerships, highlighting lessons that can be useful to everyone.

Moderator: Johanna Brickman, Oregon BEST

Jason Wadsworth, Wegmans and Roger McFadden, Staples (presentation given together)
Martin Mulvihill, UC Berkeley Center Green Chemistry
Video:  Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry: Greener Solutions
Kaj Johnson, Method

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5:15 pm


6:30 pm


Thursday, April 30, 2015

7:45 am – 8:30 am              


8:30 am – 8:45 am

Welcome and Day 2 Review

Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell

8:45 am – 10:15 am

GC3 Project Group Break Out Sessions

Mainstreaming: Amy Perlmutter, Perlmutter Associates (presentation not available)
Retail: Sally Edwards, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Education: Saskia Van Bergen, Washington Department of Ecology
Innovation: Monica Becker, Monica Becker & Associates

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10:15 am – 10:35 am


10:35 am – 12:00 pm

Session VI. Rethinking Reuse: Green Chemistry Transforms Waste to Goods

The conversion of waste materials into usable products has become a popular field of sustainability research in recent decades, beginning with recycling and branching out into the many technologies under development today. In this panel, researchers from industry and academia will explain their unique approaches to sustainably utilizing the chemicals found in various waste streams. Panelists will explain their innovations and discuss the challenges they face in researching and commercializing these green chemistry alternatives.

Moderator: David Constable, ACS Green Chemistry Institute

Molly Morse
, Mango Materials
Scott D. Allen, Novomer
Ramaswamy Nagarajan, University of Massachusetts Lowell (presentation not available)

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12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Closing Remarks and Roundtable Review

Joel Tickner, University of Massachusetts Lowell

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12:30 pm