PPRC and WRPPN would like to
invite you to the "Chemical Policy 101 and California's Green Chemistry
Initiative" webinar. This webinar will provide P2 Technical
Assistance Providers and other interested parties with an opportunity
to learn about chemical policy issues and the steps some states are
taking to implement green chemistry.
Ken Zarker from the WA Department of Ecology will begin the
presentation with an overview of national policies regarding chemicals
used in everyday products and their risks. He will also discuss
international policies such as the EU’s REACH program and the
importance of educating regional businesses who export to the
In 2007 the State of California
launched the Green Chemistry Initiative; part of this process was
creating a public process to fill information and safety gaps about
chemicals, developing overall policy goals, and finally, identifying
and recommending policy options. Don Owens, Green Chemistry Initiative
Coordinator’s, presentation will focus on the current status of the
Initiative and will give us an inside look on what issues they intend
to address in the future.
Green Chemistry is a strategy to reduce the use of toxic substances so
that they do not harm the public or contaminate the environment. It is
a sharp departure from managing industrial wastes by disposal or
incineration. Green Chemistry is a way to make goods and engineer
processes using less toxic materials, less energy, and less waste.
Renewable feedstocks, recycling, sustainability, and other life-cycle
attributes are incorporated at the design stage. This
“cradle-to-cradle” approach of Green Chemistry means fewer hazardous
substances along with improved air quality, cleaner drinking water, and
a safer workplace.