Green Chemistry and Work: Moving ahead

Keynote Dr. Michael Wilson.

What a terrific day we had at our Green Chemistry, Safer Alternatives and Work Symposium earlier this month! Thanks to you, our dedicated supporters and to so many new attendees, for taking the time to join us. While we certainly can’t effectively recap the day in this blog, we wanted to share some resources and encourage continued discussions and actions to create safer products and workplaces.

Perhaps the biggest take home of the day for me was the posing of the rhetorical question – Why do we dedicate such large pools of time and money to “prove” widely used substances are mutagenic and carcinogenic rather than harness that investment with our ingenuity to create products that we know from the get go to be safe? Thanks to our speakers sharing specific stories illustrating that, although challenging, this is not a pie in the sky fantasy. What can we expect next in Oregon and the U.S.?

Michael Wood, Jennifer Allen, Roger McFadden and Michael Wilson.

Most of the symposium presentations were recorded and are now available as webinars on our symposium page. For the sessions without recordings, you will find related handouts, posters or support materials.

Finally, thank you to so many who supported CROET and the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, in this event. First, our fine speakers. Rarely have we such a terrific speaker lineup. Also, thanks to our partners at
Oregon Environmental Council, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, National Pesticide Information Center, Metro, PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative.

Afternoon panel with Paul Davis, John Frazier and Greg Hopkins.

And thank you for joining us. What’s next?

Other Resources
Green Chemistry, Safer Alternatives and Work webinar
Office of the Governor, State of Oregon Executive Order Fostering Environmentally-Friendly Purchasing and Product Design
Photos from CROET symposium on Facebook

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