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Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction

Creating a Center for Green Chemistry

Photo: Image of new logo for the Northwest Green Chemistry Center.
Promoting green chemistry in Washington State will encourage sustainable business innovation to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances that can contaminate the environment. Creating an organization to  facilitate research, development, commercialization, technical assistance, and education in green chemistry and engineering is an important step toward that goal.

Northwest Green Chemistry is being developed to take on that role. The center is a cooperative effort between industry, academic, government, non-governmental organizations, and tribal partners. The mission of the center is to enhance human and environmental health by fostering innovation and economic opportunities through sustainable and green chemistry and engineering solutions.

Key goals of the center:

  • Create solutions to chemicals of concern in products and processes.
  • Integrate and expand green chemistry into education and training.
  • Inform and inspire market driven solutions and innovations.
  • Make Pacific Northwest a global leader in green chemistry and engineering.

The creation of the center is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to work with stakeholders to implement the Washington State Green Chemistry Roadmap

An Advisory Council was established by Ecology to seek input into the creation of the center. This group meets quarterly.

If you would like to receive updates on the creation of Northwest Green Chemistry and other green chemistry efforts, please sign up for our listserv.

Meeting Documents

June 24, 2014

April 8, 2014

February 4, 2014

October 28, 2013

Green Chemistry Center Documents

Upcoming Events

Call for Applications - MoDRN High School Summer Workshop

Design of Safer Chemicals and Products: the Nexus of Toxicology and Chemistry
April 23-24, 2015
Troutdale, Oregon
Save the Date Flyer [PDF]

Past Events
Catalyzing Change: Northwest Green Chemistry Roundtable 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center