Green chemistry involves the design of chemical products and processes that help reduce or eliminate hazardous substances. Industry, government and academia all play roles developing, implementing and promoting green chemistry and safer products in the marketplace. In October, the University of Toledo hosted a webinar/workshop on this topic with presenters from Spartan Chemical Company, the University of Toledo, U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA.
During the webinar, Spartan Chemical provided its perspective on the benefits and challenges of formulating greener products and increasing consumer demand for safer products. U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA discussed how government programs can help companies developing green products, and how state programs (such as Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence program) recognize facility efforts to do so.
U.S. EPA described its Safer Choice Program that helps consumers, businesses and purchasers find products that perform well and that are safer for human health and the environment. Spartan Chemical is one of many Ohio companies that carry products with the Safer Choice label. The University of Toledo outlined how academia is addressing the growing demand for green chemistry and engineering students who are knowledgeable in the field. The university created the School of Green Chemistry and Engineering, with the goal of using research, education, and outreach activities to promote safe and sustainable use, production, and recycle of chemical materials.