Green Chemistry at Ecology
Ecology uses the principles of green chemistry to help Washington State businesses be more innovative, profitable, and competitive while protecting human health and the environment. It also supports educators by providing sustainable educational tools. Ecology’s initiative to Reduce Toxic Threats focuses on prevention strategies. The elimination of toxic chemicals in products is the surest way to avoid pollution.
Roadmap for Advancing Green Chemistry
Leaders from businesses, universities, nonprofit organizations, and government joined together to develop a strategy to promote safer chemicals and products. This resulted in the report, A Roadmap for Advancing Green Chemistry in Washington State. The report outlines a path or "roadmap" to help the state increase awareness and capacity for green chemistry over the next few years.
A center is being developed to advance sustainable scientific and technology through collaboration, research, education, and technical assistance. The Advisory Board members met on October 28, 2013 to kickoff this endeavor. Some of the goals of the center are to:
If you would like more information about the creation of this center, please sign up for our listserv.
Green Chemistry in Education
Ecology is working to integrate green chemistry principles into chemistry education to grow the next generation of green chemists. These future chemists will continue to develop safer, healthier products and production methods.
Ecology partnered on a webinar series with Beyond Benign to inform high school chemistry teachers of the benefits of including the principles of green chemistry in their classes.
With the help of the University of Oregon, who has well-developed green chemistry content, Ecology is building capacity to integrate green chemistry into higher education chemistry curriculum in Washington State.
Ecology is working to reduce toxic chemicals by identifying safer alternatives to current chemicals and processes. We are also working with companies to replace their use of toxic chemicals in their products through process design.
Working with seven other states, Ecology developed a guide to help business and industry identify safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.
In 2009, Ecology conducted an alternatives assessment to identify safer alternatives to the flame retardant decabromodiphenyl(Deca-BDE) ether in televisions, computers, and residential upholstered furniture, which resulted in the focus sheet Alternatives to Deca-BDE in Televisions and Computers and Residential Upholstered Furniture.
Safer Chemistry Challenge Program
The Safer Chemistry Challenge Program is a national effort to motivate and recognize companies for reducing, eliminating, or finding alternatives to hazardous and toxic chemicals. The Washington program will kick off in the spring of 2014.
Ecology works with schools to find preferred alternatives and best management practices to eliminate, reduce and prevent toxic wastes in departments and classes in universities, colleges, and vocational schools.
Lists useful resources for the public, educators, and businesses.
For more information about Ecology's role in promoting green chemistry, contact Saskia van Bergen.
Videos, Guides, and Posters
Green Chemistry - the Path Forward, Paul Anastas (video, 52 minutes)
Hazards on the Homefront, a teacher's guide on chemicals and ingredients used in products, and the health and environmental hazards they pose, especially to children.
Isoamyl Acetate and the Honeybee poster - Coming soon!
QCAT Hazard Assessment Tool webinar.
Services Promoting Sustainable Practices
Related Washington State Regulations
Bisphenol A, RCW 70.280
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