Featuring: Kate Heiny, Senior Group Manager of Sustainability, Target
There is a growing consumer demand for more sustainable products and solutions, and retailers play a critical role in designing and encouraging the needed sustainable market transformation to meet the demand.
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.
Companies with a vision for sustainable products, packaging and processes are seeking safer chemicals in their supply chains. Safer chemistry and supply chain management help companies meet regulatory and consumer demands for products without chemicals of concern. Chemical regulation both at the state and federal levels could provide critical information for downstream businesses and push the marketplace toward safer chemicals. The voices of businesses that can benefit from better chemical regulation are critically needed in chemical policy debates.
The Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum presents our third annual green chemistry conference, Minnesota Green Chemistry 2013: Beakers to Business Plans. This day-long conference will feature keynotes, panels and break-out sessions highlighting what it takes to bring green chemistry into the marketplace. Morning sessions will focus on research, technology, work force and labor issues and academic partnerships. The focus of the afternoon will be business success stories and the “nuts and bolts” of implementing green chemistry for both start-ups and established companies.
Minnesota has emerged as a leader in green chemistry and manufacturing, with the University of Minnesota's curriculum training future chemists in environmentally sustainable practices and the state's leading chemical companies making non-toxic cleaners and cosmetics.
MINNEAPOLIS – Over 200 business owners, entrepreneurs and green chemistry advocates will come together for the second annual Minnesota Green Chemistry Conference tomorrow, co-hosted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy (CSTPP).