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State Seeks Entries For Green Chemistry Awards

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The Department of Natural Resources and Environment invites you to submit an application for the Second Annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards.

The awards, modeled on the Presidential Green Chemistry Awards Program, will honor industrial, academic, student and non-profit efforts to green Michigan’s economy.

The award program recognizes advances that either incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, or use, or that promote activities that support or implement those technologies.

The awards are open to individuals, groups, and organizations in Michigan, both nonprofit and for profit, including academia, educators, nonprofit advocacy groups, and industry.

All entries must be sent no later than Aug. 6.

The awards will be presented during the Second Annual Michigan Green Chemistry Conference, “A Catalyst for the Economy,” which is scheduled to take place at the Kellogg Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University on Oct. 20.

The Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards are the result of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm’s Executive Directive 2006-6, “Promotion of Green Chemistry for Sustainable Economic Development and Protection of Public Health,” which established state policy encouraging the use of safer, less toxic, or non-toxic chemical alternatives to hazardous substances and the research, development, and implementation of green chemistry in Michigan.

The DNRE has been given primary responsibility to implement the directive, including establishing a Michigan Green Chemistry Program and convening a Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable. The roundtable, which is comprised of experts representing business, academia, and environmental interest groups, has played an active role in the development of the award program.

Further information on the award categories is available in the nomination packet on the DNRE Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/greenchemistry or by calling the DNRE’s Environmental Assistance Center at (800) 662-9278.

Business leaders, engineers, chemists, researchers, teachers, policymakers, and anyone else interesting in moving green chemistry forward in Michigan should attend this event.

Paul Anastas, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development, known widely as the “Father of Green Chemistry,” has been invited to give the keynote presentation at the conference.

Visit www.michigan.gov/greenup for updated conference information.

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