EPA gives Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards

EPA gives Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards

2:00 PM, 22nd June 2011
EPA gives Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards

WASHINGTON, US: Among small businesses, BioAmber Inc and for greener synthetic pathways, Genomatica, received the US Environmental Protection Agency, Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards in 2011. The awards recognize pioneering chemical technologies developed by leading researchers and industrial innovators who are making significant contributions to pollution prevention in the US. These prestigious awards recognize the design of safer and more sustainable chemicals, processes and products that will protect Americans, particularly children, from exposure to harmful chemicals.

This year’s awards are significant because 2011 has been named the International Year of Chemistry and marks the 20th anniversary of EPA’s efforts in what would become the creation of green chemistry.

“EPA congratulates this year’s winners for designing and developing innovative green chemistry technologies that will result in safer chemicals for use in products, homes, schools, and workplaces that also have significant environmental and economic benefits,” said Steve Owens, Assistant Administrator, EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

For his academic contributions, Bruce H Lipshutz, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara received the award. The EPA also awarded Kraton Performance Polymers LLC, Texas for its greener reaction conditions and , Sherwin-Williams Company, Ohio for designing greener chemicals.

The programme promotes research and development of less-hazardous alternatives to existing technologies that reduce or eliminate waste, particularly hazardous waste, in industrial production. An independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute selected the 2011 winners from among scores of nominated technologies.

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