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Scientists and industry leaders gather to advance green chemistry and engineering innovations

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 — A broad range of industries, from pharmaceutical to consumer products to energy and fuel, are quietly pushing forward greener approaches through the application of green chemistry and engineering. Based on a set of design principles, green chemistry enables scientists to find new ways to reduce waste, conserve energy, make use of renewable materials, and discover replacements for hazardous substances.

This June 17-19, 235 presentations, including more than 70 from industry representatives, will be made at the 18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference in North Bethesda, Maryland. Hosted by the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute, GC&E is the longest-running conference dedicated to the field and offers a unique mix of academic, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations. The conference’s theme is “Advancing Chemistry, Innovating for Sustainability.”

“This year we are planning multi-session tracks that tackle the tough issues in green chemistry and engineering,” explains professor Jim Hutchison or the University of Oregon, and co-chair of the conference. “Each track is being carefully crafted to address major societal and industrial opportunities and challenges, including critical materials, alternative feedstocks and sustainable molecular-level design.”

Presentations include those from Nike, Bayer, BASF, Dow, Pfizer, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, L’Oreal, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Institutes of Health, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and universities across the world.

Workshops, events and special sessions make this a highly interactive conference for chemists of all levels and interests. These include a Green Business Plan Competition, GC&E Student Workshop and an industry networking event, the 4th Annual ACS GCI Roundtable Poster Reception.

Each conference is shaped by an organizing committee of volunteers who are dedicated to finding greener alternatives to the way we do chemistry. This year’s conference co-chairs are Jim Hutchison, University of Oregon; John Frazier, Nike, Inc.; and Tina Bahadori, EPA          .


“We invite you to join us in a transformative discussion about reimagining chemistry and building the foundation for our future!” — Tina Bahadori, 2014 GC&E co-chair.


The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) is an impartial scientific convener dedicated to catalyzing and enabling the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemical enterprise. Founded in 1997, and now part of the American Chemical Society, ACS GCI leads through activities such as their Industrial Roundtables, annual Green Chemistry & Engineering conference, workshops, outreach, and by coordinating efforts to advance green chemistry research and education.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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