This section of the Clearinghouse contains information on green chemistry initiatives and programs at the level of State Government within the USA, other than the State of Michigan. Information on the State of Michigan’s Green Chemistry Program can be found  under the “Michigan” tab.

California
Environmental Council of the States
Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse
Minnesota
New York

Oregon
Washington

California


California Environmental Protection Agency | California Department of Toxic Substances Control (California DTSC):

California Green Chemistry Initiative 

  • Report: “California Green Chemistry Initiative Final Report 2008” (Report PDF) (Appendices PDF)   

Additional Resources:

Green Chemistry in California: A Framework for Leadership in Chemicals Policy and Innovation” (2006); Special Report prepared for The California Senate Environmental Quality Committee, The California Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials by Michael P. Wilson with Daniel A. Chia and Bryan C. Ehlers (California Policy Research Center, University of California) [PDF] [CPRC Brief version - PDF]

Green Chemistry: Cornerstone to a Sustainable California” (2008); A Report prepared by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (University of California) for the California Environmental Protection Agency [PDF].

Environmental Council of the States


The Environmental Council of States (ECOS) has passed a resolution on green chemistry, namely:

  • Resolution 09-6: “Promotion of Green Chemistry for Sustainable Economic Development and Protection of Public Health and the Environment” Approved September 22, 2009 (PDF)

ECOS has also passed a resolution the 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable:

  • Resolution 11-4: “On Chemicals Prioritization and the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program” Approved September 26, 2011 (PDF).

     

Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse


“The Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) is an association of state, local, and tribal governments that promotes a clean environment, healthy communities, and a vital economy through the development and use of safer chemicals and products.” (Source: IC2 website)

Current projects include:

  • IC2 State Priority Chemicals Resource – an online database to search for priority chemical lists established by State Governments

     

  • Chemical Hazard Assessment Database - The IC2 has developed the Chemical Hazard Assessment Database to enable users to search for GreenScreen® and Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT) assessments. The purpose of this tool is to promote awareness of assessments conducted on chemicals of high concern, facilitate transparency and discussion, and reduce duplication of effort.
  • IC2 Safer Alternatives Assessments Wiki – A Wiki-enabled dynamic tool for  state technical assistance providers and chemical policy makers to advance the developing field of alternatives assessment.

     

  • US State-level Chemicals Policy Database – an online database to search for passed and pending State-level legislation on chemicals. One can search by state, chemical name or policy category (e.g. “Green Chemistry”, “Alternatives Assessment” etc.), and other terms.

Assessing the Safety of Chemical Alternatives-PART II”: Webinar hosted by Washington Department of Ecology; November 28, 2012; 2-3PM ET

The Washington State Department of Ecology is pleased to announce their second webinar on the Alternatives Assessment guidance document.  The webinar will be held on November 28, 2012 at 2pm EST/11am PST. Please find below the details of this event and how to register.

Eight member states (CA, CT, MA, MI, MN, NY, OR and WA) of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse will be discussing progress on their Alternatives Assessment Guidance Document. This webinar is a follow-up to the webinar conducted on August 15th.  We will discuss progress since the previous webinar and new module outlines completed or in draft.  The draft Decision Module will be highlighted as it will define which modules, in what order and to what degree, are recommended for an alternatives assessment.

It is recommended that one familiarize oneself with Part I of te webinar (8/15/2012) before attending Part II. A recording and PDF of the Part I presentation and subsequent discussion can be found here.
 
For additional information please contact the Guidance Team Lead, Alex Stone; alst461@ecy.wa.gov.
 
Minnesota


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA): Green Chemistry & Design

  • Report: “Options to reduce and Phase-out Priority Chemicals in Children’s Products and Promote Green Chemistry: Report to the Legislature” (December 2010). A report submitted to the State of Minnesota Legislature by MPCA and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) (PDF)

Webinar presented as a part of the Phone Seminar Series on Green Chemistry hosted by the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse and the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network on April 18, 2012:

"Green Chemistry in Minnesota" by

Kathleen Schuler, MPH (Co-Director, Healthy Legacy; Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy) and Timothy Kapsner (Senior Research Scientist, Aveda Corporation)

April 18, 2012

PDFs of presentations:

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The Toxic Reduction and Green Chemistry Section of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is conducting green chemistry pilot projects for New York's high schools as an innovative and safer approach to chemistry. (More information)

Oregon


On April 27, 2012 Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber signed Executive Order No.12-05: “Fostering Environmentally-Friendly Purchasing and Product Design” (PDF).

This Executive Order formally establishes the creation of the Oregon Green Chemistry Innovation Initiative, a collaborative effort between Oregon State agencies (including the Department of Environmental Quality, Business Oregon, Department of Administrative Services and others), businesses, universities and non-governmental organizations. 

The Executive Order recognizes that application of green chemistry and green chemistry principles can:

  • Refine toxic reduction strategies and improve the development and use of safer alternatives to chemicals of concern
  • Boost the State economy by ensuring the long-term competitiveness of Oregon in the global market for greener chemicals and technologies
  • Protect human health and lower health care costs
  • Protect the integrity of ecoystems and the services provided by ecosystems
  • Adress the most significant sustainability-related challenges faced by the State.

To realize these benefits, the Oregon Green Chemistry Innovation Initiative will focus on four strategic areas:

  • Building Awareness
  • Provide Innovation Tools
  • Strenghtening Demand through revision of state purchasing and procurement practices
  • Refining Toxic Reduction Strategies 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is a member of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse and the Oregon Green Chemistry Advisory Group of the Oregon Environmental Council.

Washington

 

Assessing the Safety of Chemical Alternatives-PART II”: Webinar hosted by Washington Department of Ecology; November 28, 2012; 2-3PM ET

The Washington State Department of Ecology is pleased to announce their second webinar on the Alternatives Assessment guidance document.  The webinar will be held on November 28, 2012 at 2pm EST/11am PST. Please find below the details of this event and how to register.

Eight member states (CA, CT, MA, MI, MN, NY, OR and WA) of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse will be discussing progress on their Alternatives Assessment Guidance Document. This webinar is a follow-up to the webinar conducted on August 15th.  We will discuss progress since the previous webinar and new module outlines completed or in draft.  The draft Decision Module will be highlighted as it will define which modules, in what order and to what degree, are recommended for an alternatives assessment.

It is recommended that one familiarize oneself with Part I of the webinar (8/15/2012) before listening to Part II. A recording and PDF of the Part I presentation and subsequent discussion can be found here.
 
For additional information please contact the Guidance Team Lead, Alex Stone; alst461@ecy.wa.gov.

Washington State Green Chemistry Roundtable

"The focus of the business-to-business roundtable is to advance green chemistry implementation and incentives for several important regional sectors, including green building materials and biotechnology. The WA Green Chemistry Roundtable is a forum to facilitate cross-sector information sharing through several case studies relate to the changing needs throughout the supply chain."

Worskhop: May 25-26, 2012 - "Creating a Green Chemistry Roadmap for Washington State"

The Roundtable hosted a two-day workshop entitled “Creating a Green Chemistry Roadmap for Washington State” on May 25-26, 2012 at The Boeing Company offices in Renton, Washington.

The goal of this workshop was to “pull together leaders from business, academia, nonprofits, and government to help craft and shape a strategic vision for advancing green chemistry in Washington state” (Source:  PPRC). Organizing Roundtable Members included:

  • The Boeing Company
  • Department of Commerce (State of Washington)
  • Department of Ecology (State of Washington)
  • Washington State University
  • Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3)
  • Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)

An Overview, Agenda, Presentations and Speaker Biographies for the Workshop can be found at the PPRC website.

Workshop: October 25, 2012 - "Supply Chain Perspectives on Challenges and Opportunities"

The Roundtable met on October 25, 2012 at the Suquamish Clearwater Hotel to discuss the topic "Supply Chain Perspectives on Challenges and Opportunities".

The Roundtable meeting was a part of the larger 2012 Regional Roundtable, organized by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC), and entitled: "Focusing on Regional Priorities: E3, Green Chemistry, and Chemicals of Concern to Puget Sound".

  • October 23, 2012: Green Chemistry Training & E3 Workshop
  • October 24, 2012: Chemicals of Concern
  • October 25, 2012: Washington State Green Chemistry Roundtable

The Agenda for the entire 2012 Regional Roundtable meeting can be found here.


The Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT)

The State of Washington Department of Ecology has developed QCAT, a simplified version of the GreenScreenTM for Safer Chemicals hazard assessment methodology, to allow small and medium size businesses to perform a quick alternatives assessment for chemicals of concern. QCAT also provides detailed information on where to find data and how to interpret the data needed to complete a hazard assessment using the tool.

The Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT) v1.2 Methodology (released in March 2012) can be found here. The site also provides a template of the approved format for reporting the results of a QCAT assessment, with a completed example.


 

State Legislation

US State-level Chemicals Policy Database – an online database to search for passed and pending State-level legislation on chemicals. One can search by state, chemical name or policy category (e.g. “Green Chemistry”, “Alternatives Assessment” etc.), and other terms.

(Lowell Center of Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts Lowell)

Additional Resources

Growing the Green Economy Through Green Chemistry and Design for the Environment: A Resource Guide for States and Higher Education (2009)”. A joint report by The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council and The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable; A project of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (PDF)