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    July 2009
  • July 27, 2009

    California Sticks Toe in Green Chemistry Pond

    While lots of places and people are interested in sustainable chemistry, California has become a pioneer in requiring it ... (more).
    June 2009
  • June 22, 2009

    KPCC: Even Faced with Budget Crisis, State Grows Green Chemistry

    In recent years, officials, academics, industry leaders, and environmental health activists worked together to make recommendations for a state policy on chemicals. A new report from the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control says the Green Chemistry Initiative ... (more).

    Source: First, Do No Harm: California’s Green Chemistry Initiative

    We are exposed to harmful chemicals daily, oftentimes oblivious to how we come in contact with them and the damage they do to our health. To protect the public from the hazardous health effects caused by exposure to some synthetic chemicals ... (more).
    February 2009
  • February 9, 2009

    Environmental Protection: Calif. Launches 'Wiki' to Develop Green Chemistry Regulations

    Cal/EPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has launched a "wiki" to gather comment on how to build California’s Green Chemistry regulations ... (more).
  • February 6, 2009

    Green Electronics Daily: California Looks to Tech to Empower Market on Green Chemistry*

    The use of digital technologies is central to carrying out California’s sweeping state Green Chemistry Initiative, the director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control told an electronics-industry audience ... (more).

    *Posted with permission from Warren Communications News, Inc. 2115 Ward Court, NW Washington, DC 20037. Phone: 800-771-9202. Not to be redistributed without permission. 
    January 2009
  • January 29, 2009

    Capitol Weekly: Maureen Gorsen Interview

    As head of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, Maureen Gorsen has a key role in implementing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Green Chemistry Initiative ... (more).
  • January 26, 2009

    Sacramento Business Journal: State launches wiki to formulate 'green chemicals' laws

    California’s environmental watchdog is creating a “wiki” to gather comment on how to regulate the state’s Green Chemistry laws. These new laws, passed in ... (more).

    Internet ‘Wiki’ Could Develop California’s Green Chemistry Regulations

    Taking an innovative approach to involving the public, Cal/EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is launching a “wiki” to gather comment on how to build California’s Green Chemistry regulations ... (more).
    December 2008 

  • December 18, 2008

    Radio: KQED's The California Report
    Health Dialogues: Holiday Health-Chemicals in our Gifts

    Here in California, the agency charged with protecting public health and the environment from toxic chemicals is the Department of Toxic Substances Control, part of the California EPA ... (more). 
  • December 17, 2008

    Los Angeles Times: California officials launch 'Green Chemistry' initiative

    The plan would inform consumers how items sold in the state are manufactured and transported and how environmentally safe their ingredients are ... (more).

    Los Angeles Times: California's Green Chemistry Initiative

    Recommendations of California's Green Chemistry Initiative offer ways to assess the dangers of common chemicals in everyday goods ... (more).

    Imperial Valley News: Schwarzenegger Applauds Plan to Reduce Toxic Chemicals in Products

    Sacramento, California - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement today on the California Environmental Protection Agency's Final Green Chemistry recommendations ... (more).
  October 2008
  • October 7, 2008

    Environmental Protection: California Solidifies Green Chemistry Initiative

    AB 1879 establishes authority for the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to develop regulations that create a process ... (more).

    New America Media: California Needs More ‘Green Chemistry’ Action Heroes

    Editor's Note: California's new "green chemistry" legislation will set up online databases to inform consumers of dangerous products ... (more).

  • October 3, 2008

    EE Times: California Enacts First-in-the-nation Green Chemistry Program

    The Secretary for Environmental Protection, per the Governor's request, has established a Green Chemistry Initiative to develop ... (more).
  • October 1, 2008

    BusinessGreen: California Looks to Terminate Dangerous Chemicals

    Governor Schwarzenegger signals toxic substance crackdown … (more).

    Skin Inc: California Governor Signs Green Chemistry Bills

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed two bills into law that will give state regulators broad authority to identify, evaluate and, if necessary, ban potentially harmful industrial chemicals … (more).

    Household and Personal Product Industry: California Passes Green Legislation

    Two new laws shed light on consumer product chemistry … (more).

September 2008
  • September 30, 2008

    Los Angeles Times: California Launches Broad Effort to Control Hazardous Chemicals

    Gov. Schwarzenegger signs two 'green chemistry' bills that focus the state program on the most dangerous substances … (more).
    Green Car Congress: California Governor Signs Two Green Chemistry Bills

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two bills moving the state toward a comprehensive green chemistry program to reduce ... (more).

    Environment Leader: California Passes Green Chemistry Legislation

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed AB 1879 and SB 509, moving California on the path toward a comprehensive green chemistry program to reduce or eliminate ... (more).

  • September 29, 2008

    Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal: California Governor Signs 'Green Chemistry' Legislation

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two-part legislation Monday that puts California on the path toward a comprehensive green chemistry program ... (more).

    East Bay Business Times: Schwarzenegger Signs 'Green Chemistry' Legislation

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed two state bills authorizing the state to identify toxic chemicals in industry and consumer products ... (more).

  • September 19, 2008

    Los Angeles Times: A Greener Future - Part 2

    Most industries remain dependent on hazardous substances ... (more).

  • September 14, 2008

    Los Angeles Times: A Greener Future

    Products derived from natural, nontoxic ingredients -- once seen as fringe -- are now mainstream. First of two parts ... (more).
  • September 14, 2008

    Los Angeles Times: A Greener Future

    L.A. firm is freed from a chemical fix ... (more).
  • September 14, 2008

    Green Chemistry: Real world solutions for real environmental problems.

    Environmental Health News, September 14: Despite substantial barriers, green chemistry is making real progress toward solving big environmental problems ... (more).
  • September 12, 2008

    California to Overhaul Chemical Regulations

    On September 12, "Science AAAS" web site featured an article highlighting Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's expected signage of two bills ... (more).
  • September 9, 2008

    California to Overhaul Chemical Regulations

    On September 9, "Chemistry World" highlighted that California is poised to become the first state to effectively ban the use of potentially carcinogenic ... (more).
  • September 8, 2008

    California Passes Bill Regulating Chemicals in Consumer Products

    On September 8, "Chemical Week" highlighted recently passed legislation in California concerning toxic substances ... (more).
  • September 1, 2008

    San Francisco Chronicle: Green cement may set CO2 fate in concrete

    Call him cement man. Back when Stanford Professor Brent Constantz was 27 he created a high-tech cement that revolutionized ... (more).
August 2008
  • August 27, 2008

    California Presses Its Green Chemistry Initiative.

    California has undertaken a number of new initiatives in its environmental and product liability laws ... (more).
  • August 25, 2008

    California May Tackle Chemicals in Consumer Products

    It looks like California is once again picking up the slack for a federal agencies failing in their regulatory responsibilities ... (more).
  July 2008
  • July 2, 2008

    Calif. initiative seeks to spur innovation, green alternatives

    California has launched an initiative aimed at promoting development of safer chemicals with policies to spur green design, manufacturing, use and disposal ... (more).
  May 2008
  • May 2, 2008

    ChAMP Just Doesn't Have the REACH
    EPA's chemicals initiative won't do what's needed to protect health, environment
    (Washington, DC - May 2, 2008) - A set of mostly voluntary initiatives recently announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify and manage the risks of thousands of chemicals will provide ... (more).
January 2008
  • January 17, 2008

    Cal/EPA Applauds UC Report on Green Chemistry

    Linda Adams, California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection issued the following statement on the report, "Green Chemistry: Cornerstone to a Sustainable California" issued by the University of California, The Centers for Occupation and Environmental Health:

    "The University of California’s green chemistry report supports and reinforces the significance of the state’s new environmental protection initiative on green chemistry. The University of California is an important partner in our efforts to establish a first-of-its-kind comprehensive policy for managing toxic chemicals in products ... (more).




     September 2010
  •  September 16, 2010

    JD Supra: California Issues New Green Chemistry Requirements for Consumer Products

    DTSC’s regulations flesh out a process for identifying and prioritizing chemicals in consumer products and consist of three main parts: Prioritization, Alternatives Assessments, and Regulatory Response.  (more)
  • September 16, 2010

    PaperTrail: EPA Toxic Chemicals Bill Likely On Hold Until After Election

    The way the Environmental Protection Agency evaluates the risks posed by toxic chemicals is badly in need of an overhaul, but any change will likely have to wait until after the November election.  (more)
  • September 15, 2010

    Business Transworld: How California’s Green Chemistry Regulations Will Affect Your Business

    It is not about a self-anointed, “green” sustainability hang-tag ranking; this green inquiry is qualitatively different. (more)
    August 2010
  • August 30, 2010

    UDaily: Wool wins ACS national award for affordable green chemistry

    Richard P. Wool is a 2011 recipient of the American Chemical Society (ACS) award for Affordable Green Chemistry. Wool is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Affordable Composites from Renewable Research (ACRES) program at the University of Delaware. (more)
  • August 23, 2010

    Technorati: Newly Proposed Legislation for Safer Chemicals

    In a recent study of 2,400 Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found chemicals — a whopping 212 in all — in the blood and urine of each individual tested. (more)
  • August 17, 2010

    SFGate: S.F. shares city-OKd green products on website

    Consumers and businesses wary of toxics and eco-unfriendly chemicals have new places to research cleaning, cosmetics, automotive, food storage and other products. (more)
  • August 16, 2010

    Fast Company: Coming Soon: A Corn-Based BPA Replacement

    BPA, a toxic compound found in everything from store receipts to water bottles, has been a hot topic as of late. That's because most industries have been slow to adopt alternatives to the petroleum-based estrogenic compound, which is used in the plastic manufacturing process, among other things. Enter isosorbide, a corn-based industrial ingredient that the Archer Daniels Midland Company is touting as a safe, renewable alternative to BPA. (more)
  • August 10, 2010

    SFGate: Clorox goes green with new natural product line

    Although Clorox declined to break out revenue figures, industry research says that Green Works accounts for about half that $100 million annual market for eco-cleaner. (more)
  • August 8, 2010

    Greenwire: Solazyme raised $52M to scale up algae fuels

    Solazyme Inc. said today it has raised another $52 million from investors to scale up production of transportation fuels, chemicals and other products from algae. (more)
     July 2010
  • July 27, 2010

    Huffington Post: Can Green Chemistry Get Us Out of Deep Water?

    As we've watched the Deepwater Horizon disaster unfold, Advancing Green Chemistry executive director Karen Peabody O'Brien and I have been thinking about how green chemistry can help change how we go about preventing the kind of toxic pollution now taking its toll on the Gulf Coast. (more)
  • July 16, 2010

    Greenwire: Green-tech investing brings venture funding to two-year high

    Firms invested $6.52 billion in the United States in the second quarter as investors put more faith in alternative energy and biotechnology. (more)
  • July 15, 2010

    California Progress Report: Green Chemistry Draft Regs: Toothless, Limited, Biased Toward Industry

    California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has been touted as a bold and innovative move toward more effective and efficient regulation of industrial chemicals in consumer products. (more)
     June 2010
  • June 28, 2010

    LA Times: Editorial taps President's Cancer Panel report to urge passage of Safe Chemicals Act

    DTSC hailed as having thoughtful approach in leading the nation toward safer chemicals in consumer products. Cancer panel’s call to filter water and buy organic food cited as bold statement that "we’re glad" to see. (more)
  • June 24, 2010

    Environmental Protection Online: California's DTSC Releases Draft Green Chemistry Regulation

    California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released the Draft Regulation for Safer Consumer Products, which will implement a key component of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2008 Green Chemistry Initiative. (more)
  • June 23, 2010

    CNN Health: California Plans Tough Product Safety Limits

    The state of California proposed new rules Monday that could force makers of consumer products to show they're not using harmful plastics or other ingredients, or face restrictions including a possible ban on selling those products. (more)
  • June 22, 2010

    Newsweek: The Economy: Can Sustainability Survive the Recession?

    Despite being awash in red ink, a new survey finds that companies are committed to going green. (more)
  • June 21, 2010

    Chemical and Engineering News: Children's Blood Contains High Levels of PBDE Fire Retardants

    Confirming a long-held supposition, new research shows that children bear high burdens of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants in their bodies. (more)
  • June 17, 2010

    New York Times: Recipe for Green Tires: Plants, Not Petroleum

    With each new model introduction, automakers take pains to point out how much they have done to reduce their vehicles’ negative effects on the environment. (more)
  • June 16, 2010

    University of Wisconsin Madison News: New technology promises to help drug makers go green

    Production of a single kilogram of pharmaceuticals often yields hundreds of kilograms of chemical waste. (more) 
  • June 13, 2010

    Water Town Daily Times: Lab Experiments Getting Makeover

    High school chemistry students have been creating batteries and electric currents for generations, but SUNY Potsdam student John C. Proetta wants them to change their method. (more)
  • June 3, 2010

    New York Times: Setting a Standard for Organic Cosmetics

    When the cosmetics giant L’Oréal bought Sanoflore in 2006, many commentators saw it as a sign that organic makeup and personal care had finally broken into the mainstream of the beauty business. (more)
  • June 2, 2010

    Logistics Viewpoints: Green Chemistry and the Design of Chemical Supply Chains

    My colleague Asish Ghosh has retired—for the second time. Ten years ago he announced his first retirement, got his retirement party, and a few weeks later we called him back in to help us with a quick turnaround project. (more)
  • June 1, 2010

    Fast Company: The Green Products Innovation Institute: Is This What "More Good" Looks Like?

    Last week I received five emails, forwarded from friends, with an announcement about the launch of the Green Products Innovation Institute, a type of green product certification based on Cradle to Cradle. (more)

    Nanowerk: Biorefinery Concept Shows a Way Out of a World Dominated by Petrochemicals

    Developing chemicals, molecular precursors, and industrial products from petroleum resources is a conventional practice. Plastics, detergents, even pharmaceuticals are derived from petrochemicals. (more)
    May 2010 
  • May 28, 2010

    Green Chemistry: Scientists Devise New "Benign by Design" Drugs, Paints, Pesticides and More

    Chemists are usually asked to invent a solution, but without considering hazardous by-products. Green chemists now are doing both with success, but will it take regulations to enforce the approach broadly? (more)
  • May 27, 2010

    Confusion centers on chemicals and cancer

    Experts disagree on how worried people should be about exposure ... (more).
  • May 25, 2010

    Audio: New Institute to Create Standards for Safer and More Sustainable Green Products

    A new Green Products Innovation Institute has just been launched in California, and will be the nation’s first non-profit dedicated to developing strong standards for safer, greener consumer products ... (more).
  • May 24, 2010

    Eastman Chemicals to launch new versions of emollient esters

    Chemical supplier Eastman will be launching greener versions of four of the most commonly used emollient esters in cosmetics products, produced using its green chemistry process ... (more)

    Another Step Toward Green Design

    With help from star architect William McDonough, a ''green products'' institute is born ... (more).

    Green Products Innovation Institute: Cradle to Cradle Design, Standardized

    In the age of greenwashing and eco-everything, it's becoming increasingly hard to standardize and fairly assess what constitutes a green product. The USDA has attempted to do this for food with its organic labeling system and the architecture world has its LEED certification for buildings ... (more).
  • May 20, 2010

    Green Products Innovation Institute Launched: Cradle to Cradle Certification Around the Corner

    The first non-profit resource for companies seeking to make their products safer and more sustainable was officially launched today at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California ... (more).

    Cradle to Cradle Announces Green Products Innovation Institute

    Architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart made a huge splash on the green scene in 2002 with their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things and have since created an entire movement ... (more).

    California Institute Formed to Certify Safety of Consumer Products

    California's crackdown on harmful materials in consumer products is gaining a new tool: a nonprofit institute that plans to help manufacturers come up with safer alternatives ... (more).
  • May 19, 2010

    A Greener Blueprint for Industry

    It is hardly the most orthodox route to business success. Having spent two decades building a company with a leading position in a highly promising global industry, Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart have decided to take a back seat – not by selling out but by donating the intellectual property behind their enterprise to a non-profit organisation ... (more).
  • May 11, 2010

    New OC Survey Shows Great Support for Clean Tech, Green Jobs

    Today's "State of the County" survey by Brandman University's Center for Sustainable Living demonstrates significant support within Orange County for clean technology initiatives, particularly when linked to job creation and economic growth ... (more).
  • May 3, 2010

    Recipe for Global Warming-Free Materials 

    NASA, Purdue Researchers study Ways Industrial Chemists Could Use in Developing Alternatives with Less Global Warming Potential ... (more).


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