Oct 28, 2016

Nominations Open for Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Submissions due to EPA by Dec. 31, 2016

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its call for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product helping to protect public health and the environment.

“Green chemistry innovations couple scientific brilliance with the entrepreneurial spirit that are helping to solve environmental challenges,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “This year, we look forward to receiving another round of outstanding nominations to continue the tradition of making manufacturing processes and everyday products safer to use.”

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce the generation and use of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and people’s health. Nominations for innovative technologies featuring greener chemicals and products are due to the agency by Dec. 31, 2016.

In June 2017, EPA anticipates giving five awards to outstanding green chemistry technologies in traditional categories, and a sixth award to a green chemistry technology that addresses climate change.

Since the inception of the program, EPA has received more than 1,700 nominations and presented awards to developers of 109 technologies. This program has helped cut hazardous solvents and chemicals by more than 826 million lb, saved 21 billion gal of water and eliminated 7.8 billion lb of carbon dioxide releases to the air.

For instructions on submitting entries and more information about past award winners, visit www.epa.gov/greenchemistry.