The Ecology Center helped create the nation’s first state-supported Green Chemistry Program including the first state-level Gubernatorial Green Chemistry Awards program and annual conference, called GreenUP. The program promotes research, development, demonstration, education and technology transfer to advance Green Chemistry in the state.
The Ecology Center has served on the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable since it was established in 2008. The Roundtable advises the Michigan Green Chemistry Program and helps guide the efforts of the State toward two main goals: 1) widespread adoption of Green Chemistry by Michigan businesses, and 2) Green Chemistry concepts taught throughout K-12 science education, and integrated into Chemistry education in higher education.
Priorities for 2015 include: Establishing a new cross-sectoral business-to-business forum for businesses to help advance the adoption of Green Chemistry; creating a program to highlight problems needing Green Chemistry solutions and inviting academics and innovators to propose solutions; institutionalizing Green Chemistry in Michigan by expanding the number of academic institutions participating in the Green Chemistry Consortium; expand K-12 science education to incorporate Green Chemistry concepts; encourage more Michigan colleges and universities to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment and offer Green Chemistry competencies to students.
The Ecology Center and the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable have developed a new tool for businesses called The Green Chemistry Checklist: A Guide for Businesses. The Checklist is meant to provide an easy way to measure milestones toward creating a culture of innovation and in supporting the building blocks necessary to develop safer products and adopt Green Chemistry practices. As most businesses know, customers are increasingly expecting companies to show leadership in developing safer products to protect our health and the environment. We are looking for businesses to pilot the Checklist! Click here to learn more.
The Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable launched the nation's first state-level Green Chemistry Clearinghouse in 2010. The Clearinghouse was supported by a state grant that has ended, and the Clearinghouse is in the process of a transition to a new home. In the meantime, you can still access terrific content about Green Chemistry education efforts and tools, and watch videos of Michigan Green Chemistry award winners and innovators.
The Ecology Center is part of a consortium of organizations helping to build the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse, a compendium of activity on Green Chemistry in Michigan.
In collaboration with the Clearinghouse, the Center publishes Catalyst, a quarterly newsletter on Green Chemistry activities for the general public.
Published on January 26, 2017