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The 2011-2012 GC3 Membership Year Has Begun
The GC3 is a vibrant business to business network dedicated to advancing green chemistry across supply chains. As a dues-funded organization, we ask that members pay recommended dues based on the size of their company. These dues fund the various activities of the GC3 that many companies have come to value, including conferences, reports, supply chain dialogs, cross sectoral networking and research. Please see the following for a review of GC3 accomplishments for 2010-2011.
For your convenience, membership dues can be paid or renewed through our on-line form. Please contact Sarah Shields at
New Addition to the GC3 Team
Over the last several years, many of you have had contact with Melissa Coffin who worked diligently to ensure the GC3's growth and outstanding deliverables. In April, Melissa left the Lowell Center to accept a new position as Data Systems Project Leader at the Healthy Building Network in Brattleboro, VT. We thank Melissa for her efforts since the GC3's inception.
For those of you unable to attend this year's GC3 Innovators Roundtable, please join us in welcoming Sarah Shields, Program Assistant to the GC3. She will be the point person for all GC3 related questions.
GC3 Champions Award
This year we have awarded the first GC3 Champion Awards for outgoing leadership, support and promotion of the GC3 and its activities to:
Topic: Selling Products that Cause the Least Societal and Environmental Impact Through Supply Chain Engagement: Kingfisher PLC
Paul Ellis, Kingfisher Quality Regulation Manager will outline the Kingfisher corporate policy and drivers for the policy, the tools and approaches it has implemented to fulfill this policy throughout their supply chain, and key lessons learned that can be applied to other retailers.
Presenter: Paul Ellis, Quality Regulation Manager, Kingfisher
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Time: 11am Eastern/ 8am Pacific
Cost: Participation in the webinar is free to GC3 member companies. Others may join the webinar for a fee of $50.
Call & Log-In Information: Participation information will be circulated to GC3 members over the green-innovation listserv. Those paying for the webinar will be given this information upon receipt of payment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Topic: Technology Advances the "Green Screen": GreenWERCS Green Chemistry Assessment Scoring Tool
Presenter: The WERCS
Date: September 2011, Date & Time TBA.
2011 GC3 Innovators Roundtable
GC3 Project Groups for 2011
At the 6th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable the following projects, time lines, and deliverables were agreed upon for the upcoming year.
Pilot Project for Business and Academic Partnerships: Based on the work of the group in the previous year the group identified the following next steps: (1) conduct further research to address data gaps identified for three alternative plasticizers, TEHTM, DINCH, and DOZ, that have undergone the Green Screen evaluation; (2) conduct Green Screens for seven identified plasticizers; (3) validate results of Green Screens and publish the resulting assessments; (4) conduct performance testing on the most promising plasticizers; and (5) address other chemicals of concern at a later time.
Retail Project Group: At the Retailer Meeting held on May 3, 2011, some ideas for next steps for a retail group were discussed. These were further flushed out in the GC3 group discussion, and the following next steps were identified: (1) map efforts in the “green retail space” that address toxics in products (materials and chemicals), find out who the players are, what they are doing and what their purpose is, and the gaps or overlaps in efforts; (2) develop a one page document that makes the business case for green chemistry in the retail sector to help retailers “sell” green chemistry and safer products to others in their organization; and (3) create an educational program for retailers through a webinar series both for those who are new to “green product retailing” and for those who are already engaged.
Chemical Data Group: Based on work done by the group in previous years, the main idea for next steps was the pursuit of standardization in chemical data collection and reporting. The group discussed the possibility of focusing on a sector and engaging companies within that sector on standardization of data collection systems and how a standardized tool would help. To begin, the group thought it would be worthwhile to conduct a scoping exercise / needs assessment / feasibility study, focused on several sectors. This study would examine: (1) the drivers and challenges for chemical data; (2) existing systems to see how data is collected and reported, such as IPC 1752 and IMDS; (3) what data is collected; (4) what format is used; and (5) if these systems could serve as models.
Green Chemistry Education Group: As a new project group the group focused on brainstorming ideas rather than determining firm next steps. Areas in which the GC3 could play a useful role were discussed: (1) support best practices in green chemistry internships developing clear guidelines for programs; (2) promote collaborations such as a boot camp on green chemistry, design for environment, alternatives assessment, life cycle assessment, etc for firms; (3) support funding for K-12 and university education in green chemistry; (4) play a role in engaging with NSF and Congressional staff on advancing green chemistry research and education; and (5) engage with Beyond Benign in advancing the university green chemistry compact.
Product Chemicals Management for Retailers Meeting
Sales of 'Green" Household Products Fall
When Clorox introduced Green Works, its environment-friendly cleaning line in 2008, it vowed that the products would "move natural cleaning into the mainstream". However as the recession hit the consumers infatuation with green products has begun to decline rapidly, leaving the household product makers like Clorox scrambling to persuade mainstream customers to buy green again. Read more...
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The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production is a research center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.