Are you making Michigan safer, cleaner, and more sustainable?
We’d really like to hear about it.
Entries must be sent no later than July 19, 2013. The awards will be presented at the 2013 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference: “Designing a Sustainable Michigan” which is scheduled October 23-24 at Grand Valley State University. There’s a Student Poster Competition too. [Read More]
Mind the Store Launched!
Do you shop at Walmart, Target, Costco, Kroger, Walgreens, Home Depot, CVS, Lowe’s, BestBuy or Safeway? (If you don’t, you might be the only American who doesn’t!). Have you ever wondered about toxic chemicals that might be in products that you purchase at these stores? In April, a large national coalition announced a new campaign called Mind the Store to ask retailers to find the worst chemicals in products on their store shelves, and to make a commitment to remove those chemicals with safer alternatives over time. [Take Action]
Virtually every other major environmental statute from the 1970’s has been revised and updated. One glaring exception is the law governing industrial chemicals – chemicals we are exposed to in the products we use every day. After Senators Lautenberg and Gillibrand – along with 27 cosponsors – introduced a bill to update our failed system, something surprising happened. Senators Vitter and Lautenberg negotiated a compromise bill. Environmentalists are calling for major changes to the bipartisan bill before it will pass muster. Some industry groups have expressed support. The Green Chemistry support provisions in the Lautenberg bill have been removed from the new bill. Many view the existing weak law as a major disincentive to innovation including Green Chemistry solutions.
Next Generation Science Standards
Green Chemistry Webinars
What We’re Reading…
Looking for some stimulating and provocative reading about green chemistry and sustainability:
Bill McDonough: ‘Upcycling’ and Sustainable Design
Bio-based chemicals: When green is toxic
A New Tool to Design Safer Products
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