California’s Green Chemistry Initiative aims to support the design, production and sale of ever more environmentally benign products while resulting in long-term improvements to California’s environment and public health. To achieve such a forward-looking goal, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) intends to complement its traditional regulatory efforts by developing new ideas and embracing new roles in order to further the adoption and application of green chemistry principles throughout the economy. To that end, DTSC Acting Director Maziar Movassaghi has proposed the creation of a series of public-private partnerships between DTSC and interested academic, governmental, for-profit and nonprofit entities. These partnerships would serve to increase awareness and adoption of green chemistry principles while demonstrating the practical applications and value of green chemistry to consumers and businesses alike.
Guidelines for the Director’s Public-Private Partnership Initiative:
Number between 5 and 10 individual partnerships, total, in 2010.
Involve interested academic, governmental, for-profit and nonprofit entities.
Partnership activities must be transparent, recognizing that some proprietary information might not be made available publicly.
Apply green chemistry principles to reducing the use or presence of hazardous substances in consumer products.
Address specific problems small enough in scope to show tangible outcomes for specific consumer products or identify a common challenge facing an industry sector that could result in broad change within an industry.
Require limited or no additional financial resources from DTSC.
Partnership findings or outcomes should:
Lead directly or indirectly to reductions in (1) the use or release of hazardous substances in the manufacturing process, or (2) exposure of individuals to hazardous substances while using consumer products.
Be made available to the public (subject to propriety information limits).
Examples of projects:
Develop Web tools and product information to better educate consumers and inform their purchasing choices.
Engage in basic research and development to find less harmful ingredients and processes used in manufacturing a particular product.
Develop rigorous alternatives assessment methodologies to be used for specific products or industries.
Promote understanding and adoption of green chemistry principles within industries.
Interested parties should contact DTSC’s Trina Gonzalez, Deputy Director for the Office of Pollution Prevention and Green Technology, at TGonzale@dtsc.ca.gov to submit a proposal for consideration or for more information. Applications will be considered throughout the remainder of 2010.