The Checklist is a new tool developed by the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable to help businesses set goals and monitor their progress toward implementing Green Chemistry. Finished product manufacturers as well as chemical manufacturers are encouraged to use the checklist. The tool is being piloted now. Please contact us to join the pilot, or just download the checklist and start using it. We would love to hear your feedback. To join the pilot, contact Tracey Easthope at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor.
|Why Use the Green Chemistry Checklist?|
Customers are increasingly expecting companies to show leadership in developing safer products to protect health and the environment. This creates a market opportunity for innovative companies that are able to bring safer chemicals and products to market. A commitment to Green Chemistry and Engineering can help demonstrate that leadership. Green Chemistry is a key value proposition for business and regional economic development. Green Chemistry practices can mean cost savings in reduced energy and materials, and new sources of revenue in sustainable products and new performance characteristics. It can also reduce liabilities, like the generation of hazardous waste, by substituting safer chemicals. Finished product manufacturers as well as chemical manufacturers are encouraged to use the checklist.
|What is the Checklist and how is it used?|
The checklist is just that: a list of activities and metrics to help companies implement Green Chemistry and Engineering. The checklist is designed to measure progress in creating a culture of innovation and in supporting the building blocks necessary to develop safer products. The checklist is a guide to help identify and monitor progress over time. The goal is to engage in some of the activities identified in each of the four areas with increased activity over time.
|What is Green Chemistry and does it apply to my business?|
Green Chemistry is broadly meant to include the Principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering, including efforts to create safer chemicals, products and processes and the tools and resources used to achieve that goal. The principles of Green Chemistry assume: knowledge of toxicology, and ecology as well as chemistry and business; an understanding of how molecular and material design can impact environmental and human health; an investigation of the attributes of molecules like fate, transport and biogeochemistry; and consideration of the sustainability of feedstocks. Finished product manufacturers as well as chemical manufacturers are encouraged to use the checklist.
|How is the Checklist organized?|
The Checklist is organized around four areas of activity: Education, Hiring, Support & Communication, and Design and Innovation. Each area has suggested activities and suggested metrics.
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