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July 9, 2008

Contact: Karen Angelo 978-447-1438

UMass Lowell Assembles Green Chemistry Gurus to Drive Development of Sustainable Products

Nike in Beaverton, Oregon, hosts green chemistry council meeting

Beaverton, OR—With increasing consumer and state government demands for safer products, the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell will gather more than 75 companies, government agencies, non-profit and academic organizations from July 9-11 to drive the development of greener products.

Nike of Beaverton, Oregon, is host to the two and a half day Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (CG3) Innovators Roundtable that includes other manufacturing and retail giants such as Walmart Stores, Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Boots UK Ltd, SC Johnson, and Sysco.

"Since the reduction of toxics through Green Chemistry is a focus for Nike and our Considered Team, we are proud to host the first West Coast meeting of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3),” said John Frazier, Director of Considered Chemistry and Environment, Safety, and Health of Nike. “This working group brings together leading companies, NGOs, and government officials in a forum that encourages collaboration and the sharing of tools.”

The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (CG3) facilitated by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell consists of more than 120 representatives, primarily from industry, throughout the United States who are on a mission to integrate green chemistry and Design for Environment approaches into product development. By reducing or eliminating the use of hazardous materials at the earliest stages of product design, companies reduce toxic waste and improve worker and consumer safety, as well as protect the environment throughout entire supply chains.

“These proactive companies are causing a tremendous ripple effect within their market supply chains by increasing demand for greener materials,” said Joel Tickner, Project Director at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. “The challenge is that without proactive environmental standards or policies in the United States, anyone can make claims of being “green”. This lack of support causes a hardship for US companies focused on sustainability but this group hopes to change that.”

Jim Hutchison, Professor of Green Nanotechnology at the University of Oregon, will speak on Wednesday evening along with John Frazier, Director of Considered Chemistry and Environment of Nike. Other notable speakers include Maureen Gorsen, Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances; John Martilla, Vice President of Corporate Express; Charlie Auer, Director of Pollution Prevention and Toxics at the US Environmental Protection Agency; and Arlene Blum, scientist and author of “Breaking Trail, A Climbing Life.”

Other leading experts from government, industry, the non-profit sector, and standard setting organizations such as Green Seal, will participate on three panels:

  • The role of standards in promoting green chemistry and Design for Environment
  • Retailers chemicals policies
  • Trends in chemicals policies at the state and federal level

For the full agenda to the meeting, please visit the GC3 web site.


About the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3)
The GC3, managed by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, provides an open forum for business-to-business dialog to advance the development of safer chemicals and products. Through working groups, GC3 participants initiated several projects to advance green chemistry and design for environment policies including creating tools and standardizing terms to develop and market green products. For more details, visit www.greenchemistryandcommerce.org.