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By Lynn L. Bergeson and Ligia Duarte Botelho, M.A.

On November 23, 2021, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) announced that it is accepting applications for the Nina McClelland Memorial Award for postdoctoral chemists engaged in green chemistry research. Annually, two awardees will receive a $2,000 sponsorship to participate in and present their research at the annual ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E).

The 2022 GC&E will be held in Reston, Virginia, from June 6 to June 8, 2022. Both U.S. and international postdoctoral scholars are eligible to apply for this opportunity. For purposes of this award, ACS GCI characterizes green and sustainable chemistry innovation activities as:

  • Elimination and reduction of toxics and pollution;
     
  • Holistic systems design;
     
  • Maximization of resource efficiency; and
     
  • Utilization of life cycle thinking.

Applications must address at least one of these attributes, and nominees are encouraged to address as many of them as possible. The application deadline is December 31, 2021. Additional information on how to apply is available here.


 

By Lynn L. Bergeson 

The American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) is now accepting symposium proposals for the 2022 26th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference that will be held in Reston, Virginia, from June 6 to June 8, 2022. The theme for the 2022 GC&E Conference is “Thinking in Systems: Designing for Sustainable Use,” and ACS GCI is looking for proposals focused on green and sustainable chemistry and engineering product development and commercialization. Proposals are due by October 11, 2021. Additional information and guidelines are available here.


 

By Lynn L. Bergeson

On April 20, 2018, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) announced the opening of the 2018 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.  The announcement states that EPA “supports the continuation of the awards program for 2018 under the sponsorship of the ACS GCI,” and “[t]o ensure continuity, the awards categories and guidelines are remaining the same, only the timing of the awards cycle is changing, and the ACS GCI will be managing the awards program and making final decisions about award winners.”  The award guidelines and nomination package will be posted on the ACS GCI website by April 30, 2018; Submissions will be accepted from April 30, 2018, through July 2, 2018; award winners will be notified no later than August 31, 2018; and the awards ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C. in October 2018.
 
More information is available in our memorandum “ACS GCI Announces Opening of 2018 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards; EPA Announces Opening of 2018 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards.”


 

B&C has no involvement in or knowledge of the award selection process.

This year's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge winners will be announced at the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Ceremony, July 13, 2015, at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, administered through a partnership between EPA and the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI), promotes the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry, and has significantly reduced the hazards associated with designing, manufacturing, and using chemicals.

Since 1996, the 98 winning technologies have made billions of pounds of real, measurable progress, including:

  • 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals and solvents eliminated each year -- enough to fill almost 3,800 railroad tank cars or a train nearly 47 miles long;
     
  • 21 billion gallons of water saved each year -- the amount used by 820,000 people annually; and
     
  • 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents released to air eliminated each year -- equal to taking 810,000 automobiles off the road.

Past winners include:

Detailed descriptions of all the winning technologies, processes, and discoveries are available on EPA's Green Chemistry website.

Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are awarded in six categories:

  • Focus Area 1: Greener Synthetic Pathways;
     
  • Focus Area 2: Greener Reaction Conditions;
     
  • Focus Area 3: The Design of Greener Chemicals;
     
  • Small Business (for a technology in any of the three focus areas developed by a business with annual sales of less than $40 million);
     
  • Academic (for a technology in any of the three focus areas developed by an academic researcher); and
     
  • Specific Environmental Benefit: Climate Change (for a technology in any of the three focus areas that reduces greenhouse gas emissions).

Information and instructions on nominating a product, process, or technology for an award are available on the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award website.

ACS GCI offers a wealth of resources regarding green chemistry, including the brochure "Design Principles for Sustainable and Green Chemistry and Engineering," the What's Your Green Chemistry? YouTube channel, and Green Chemistry: The Nexus Blog.

Journalists interested in covering the safer, cleaner, greener chemistry that is being done by this year's winning chemistry innovators are encouraged to contact the EPA and ACS representatives listed below. There are both compelling business and consumer stories to be told about the companies and scientists who are working to make the products and services traded every day more profitable, sustainable, and renewable.

Media Inquiries:

  • Cheryl Brown, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (202) 452-8917
     
  • Cathy Milbourn, Press Officer, EPA, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (202) 564-7849