ACS Green Chemistry Institute To Host Green Chemistry Conference In Washington, D.C.

May 13, 2010


by
Kamran Abdi

The American Chemical Society‘s (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute will host the 14th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference next month in Washington, D.C.

With an overarching theme of “Innovation and Application,” this year’s conference will celebrate recent innovations and applications at the cutting edge of green chemistry. The conference also will address environmental challenges and explore sustainable solutions of today for future generations, which will heighten the efforts of D.C. city officials.

The program includes more than 15 technical sessions, including bio-fuels, education, energy, entrepreneurship, environmental health sciences, pharmaceuticals, and sustainable design.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will inaugurate the conference by recognizing the winners of the 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Winners are awarded for their outstanding chemical technology efforts, which incorporated principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture and use. Collectively, past award winners have introduced technologies that have eliminated more than 460 million pounds of hazardous chemicals and solvents, saved more than 440 million gallons of water, and eliminated more than170 million pounds of carbon dioxide.

Highlights will include keynote speeches by 2005 Chemistry Nobel laureate Robert Grubbs, Ph.D; renowned environmentalist, author and entrepreneur Paul Hawken; U.S. Rep. John F. Tierney (D-MA); and Senior Vice President of Research and Technology Commercialization at 3M, Steven Webster.

On the second day of the conference, Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award recipients and invited EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will be introduced to speak by presidential appointee EPA Assistant Administrator for Research and Technology Paul Anastas, Ph.D.

Several factors led to the committee’s decision to return to D.C., a city which is committed to becoming one of the world’s most sustainable cities. This year earmarked the beginning of initiatives outlined in the Green D.C. Agenda. The “Skip the Bag, Save the River” law requires businesses to charge five cents for each disposable paper or plastic bag. Approximately 80 percent of revenue earned will financially support the Anacostia River Protection Fund, which provides clean-up efforts to reduce the amount of trash disposal in the river and advocate recycling to the D.C. public. SmartBike D.C., provided by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in partnership with Clear Channel, is the first-of-its-kind, self-service bicycle rental system, which will expand tenfold in 2010.

Event: 14th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

When: June 21-23, 2010

Where: Capital Hilton Hotel
1001 16th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036 map

Ticket & Registration

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