Green Chemistry & Safer Materials

In order to create an economy that produces goods and services that restore ecosystems, increase community and ecological resilience, advance justice and are safe throughout their lifecycle, we are going to need a lot  of innovation. 

The Ecology Center helped create the nation’s first state-supported Green Chemistry Program to drive innovation in Michigan.   We helped launch an international movement to transform the health care sector to make it a lever for change across all sectors.  We advocate for innovative policy to drive the production of safer products,  and we are a watchdog so that the cost of doing the wrong thing is sufficient to create an incentive to innovate toward greener products and processes.

Published on January 26, 2017

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January 30, 2017
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The FDA says the risks outweigh the benefits when it comes to antibacterial soaps. A new rule goes into effect this September. Find out what their concerns are and what to do in the meantime.
October 25, 2016
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While the Ecology Center has been working to end childhood lead exposure in Michigan for years, this National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week we joined a coalition of over fifty groups calling for federal agencies to act boldly to eradicate lead exposure on a national scale.
October 13, 2016
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The Ecology Center, in coalition with other health and environmental groups, demand that the state government end childhood lead poisoning. We’ve known about the dangers of lead for years, and we've failed as a society to mount a response scaled to the size of the problem.
September 28, 2016
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Coal tar sealants cover a vast majority of driveways, parking lots and playgrounds. They are meant to extend the life of the asphalt underneath. Unfortunately, these sealants contain a hazardous chemical that is a known carcinogen.
June 18, 2016
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On June 10, 2016, Rebecca Meuninck, deputy director for the Ecology Center, was appointed to the Governor’s Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board. The Ecology Center strongly advocated for this Board and we were thrilled the Administration agreed and that Rebecca was appointed.
April 27, 2016
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Anyone with a yard can contribute to helping re-establish and support the declining bee population and create child-safe yards at the same time.

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