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What is the GC3?

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) is a cross sectoral, business-to-business network of companies and other organizations working collaboratively to accelerate green chemistry across sectors and supply chains.


Green chemistry, green engineering and design for the environment are standard practice throughout the economy, contributing to innovation, improved public health and protection of the environment.

Strategic Approach

  • Develop and promote tools, policies and business practices to drive green chemistry throughout supply chains
  • Foster collaboration among businesses, government, non-governmental organizations, and academic researchers
  • Identify and leverage enablers of green chemistry adoption

A Video Introduction to the GC3


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How Did the GC3 Begin?

The GC3 originated in 2005 following the Innovators Roundtable on Sustainable Business and Safer Chemistry Through the Supply Chain, a meeting co-hosted by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. On the last day of the meeting, participants requested that the supply chain discussions begun in Charlottesville be given an opportunity to continue, at which point the Lowell Center offered to facilitate these future conversations. 

What began as a series of regular conference calls to continue this dialog eventually grew into several working groups, each focused on projects of particular interest, an annual Innovators Roundtable conference to continue working group discussions in person, and an advisory committee to assist the Lowell Center with decision-making.


The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) is a project of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.