WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards from companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product green chemistry that helps protect human health and the environment. The EPA is again including an award category to recognize technology that reduces or eliminates greenhouse gas emissions, in support of the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to address the climate crisis.
Additionally, EPA is announcing a webinar to be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT to educate stakeholders about the Green Chemistry Challenge Awards and the nomination process. Register for the webinar.
“The winners of the Green Chemistry Challenge Award are leaders in their field and their technologies demonstrate how this revolutionary discipline can be used to prevent pollution at its source”, said EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Deputy Assistant Administrator for Pollution Prevention, Jennie Romer. “Green chemistry is also a tool in the fight against climate change, and by encouraging the use of greener products, it can advance environmental justice in underserved and overburdened communities where industrial sites are disproportionately located. .”
Green chemistry is the design of chemicals and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation and use of chemicals that are harmful to the environment and human health. EPA’s efforts to accelerate the adoption of this revolutionary and diverse discipline have led to significant environmental benefits, innovation and a stronger economy. This approach aims to prevent pollution before it is even created, making it the preferred approach for providing solutions to some of the most significant environmental challenges facing the nation. The addition of a new category to recognize technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions will further assist EPA’s efforts to combat climate change by encouraging the development and adoption of innovative solutions to address this significant problem.
Nominations must be submitted to the agency by December 9, 2022. An independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute will formally judge the 2023 nominations and make recommendations to the EPA for 2023 winners. The EPA plans to award awards to outstanding green chemistry technologies in six categories next fall.
Since the awards were established more than a quarter century ago, the EPA has received more than 1,800 nominations and awarded prizes for 133 technologies that reduce hazardous chemicals and resources, reduce costs, protect health people and stimulate economic growth. Winning technologies are responsible for reducing the use or generation of hundreds of millions of pounds of hazardous chemicals each year, saving billions of gallons of water, and removing billions of pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents. carbon.
For more information on past winners and how to submit nominations, visit Green Chemistry | US EPA.
Register for the webinar.