The Minnesota green chemistry sector is poised for growth, due in large part to the high value and potential environmental and health benefits that new, safer and innovative green chemistry products provide. Policy at both the state and national level can play a key role in supporting industry development and directing it in ways that maximize benefit to citizens, communities and the environment. At the Fourth Annual Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum Conference, we will explore this intersection of policy, technology and economy in the Green Chemistry sector to illuminate the benefits, challenges and opportunities of fostering a business sector that also helps meet environmental, climate, energy and health goals. This day-long conference will include panels, break-out sessions, and keynotes from Marc Verbruggen, CEO of Nature Works, and Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
This day long workshop will provide a framework for evaluating the best approach and tools for your business in meeting goals to eliminate or reduce the use of toxic chemicals in products and processes throughout the supply chain. Increasingly companies are looking at the chemicals used in their products and processes with an eye to reducing their environmental impacts. Many are using green chemistry and life cycle assessment as frameworks for increasing the sustainability of their products and processes and assuring the use of safer chemicals throughout their supply chains. These businesses recognize the value and cost savings from reducing toxic inputs, including regulatory compliance, reduced liability, and meeting consumer demand for safer products.
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:00am to Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:00pm
SAVE THE DATE! March 31 – April 3, 2014 Wyndham Cleveland Cleveland, OH
Join leaders from industry, academia, government, non-profits, U.S. EPA Region 5, and those involved in the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s Safer Chemistry Challenge Program for these exciting events. These are three separate events, requiring separate registrations, as described below.
Mike Ritzenthaler, a Piper Jaffray analyst, covers Gevo Inc. The Colorado-based biofuels company is starting to make isobutanol at a converted ethanol plant in Luverne, Minn. Corn-based isobutanol is a potentially more lucrative alcohol than ethanol, but production had halted for eight months as the company corrected production problems.
The MGCF is committed to fostering a common understanding among businesses, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia to advance green chemistry practice and policy in Minnesota and nationally. Learn more.