US EPA has 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 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 December 31. In June 2017, The agency 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. For instructions on submitting entries and more information about past award winners, visit the website.
Since the inception of the program, US 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 pounds, saved 21 billion gallons of water, and eliminated 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide releases to the air.