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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Green Chemistry: Losing the TSCA battle but winning the war?

Green chemistry, or sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances throughout the entire lifecycle. Significant time and attention has been placed upon green chemistry as a core component on the pathway for companies to meet their sustainability goals and be good corporate stewards.

A provision to increase green chemistry support was added Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act of the 21st Century but was removed from final version due to concerns that it would impede passage of TSCA reform. (Refer to the National Law Review’sarticle Inside EPA Reports On Loss Of Green Chemistry Provision From TSCA Reform.) The measure was originally added to the Senate version by Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and was crafted to increase funding the research and development of green chemistry.

Will the absence of this provision help or hinder green chemistry and/or development of sustainable chemistry? Are there other provisions in the new TSCA reform that will help or hinder green chemistry and/or development of sustainable chemistry? What does this mean for the future of green chemistry?

Join WCEE in a discussion with Steve Bennett, Ph.D., Senior Director of Scientific Affairs and Sustainability at the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) as we explore these questions.

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Law & Policy of Products Regulation (ELI Summer School, 2016)

The life cycle of industrial, agricultural, and antimicrobial chemical products, especially those embedded in consumer products, has gained increasing public attention. Regulators are beginning to look at the entire product life cycle, including after the discard of a product at the end of its useful life, not just toxicity data. This course will:

  • examine the regulation of chemicals that are used in industrial and consumer products, as well as pesticides, and
  • describe the new governance and stewardship initiatives being considered globally by a wide variety of stakeholders to diminish the potential for adverse effects from chemicals.

Lynn Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C

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WCEE Board of Directors July 2016 Meeting

The WCEE Board of Directors meets every month to discuss WCEE matters. All WCEE members are invited (and encouraged) to attend these monthly board meetings which take place every fourth Thursday.

Come meet the board of directors. Learn about WCEE’s upcoming programs and volunteer opportunities. Come share your thoughts and ideas. Get involved!

Date: Thursday, July 8th, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: will be sent after registration (and verification of your WCEE membership)

Please register so that you receive venue address (or conference call-in number), agenda and other pertinent documents. 

Please register for this event by 3:00 pm, Wed, July 27th as the registration list must be given to the venue’s “security” desk ahead of time. Your name must be on the registration list to enter the venue.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Emerging Innovation Landscape in Advanced Nuclear Energy

The Global America Business Institute (GABI) regularly hosts roundtables on nuclear energy issues. These roundtables are intimate, off-the-record discussions on the various policy, technical, and commercial aspects of nuclear power.

On Tuesday, August 2nd, GABI is hosting a roundtable on the emerging innovation landscape in nuclear energy, embodied by a growing number of pioneers from the technical, financial, and business fields that are seeking to successfully commercialize a number of advanced nuclear reactor concepts. According to Third Way, there “are nearly 50 companies, backed by more than $1.3 billion in private capital, developing plans for new nuclear plants in the U.S. and Canada. The mix includes startups and big-name investors like Bill Gates, all placing bets on a nuclear comeback, hoping to get the technology in position to win in an increasingly carbon-constrained world.”

Please join GABI as Third Way’s Senior Visiting Fellow, Dr. Todd Allen, leads an intimate discussion about the status, prospects, and ramifications of North America’s burgeoning advanced nuclear industry.

Lunch will be provided.  For more information, please contact alanahn@thegabi.com.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

CitiesAlive: 14th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference

Rising to the “Stormwater” Challenge!

Description: CitiesAlive, the North American green roof and wall industry conference, is taking place in Washington DC from November 1st to 4th, 2016.  The conference features presentations on research, design and policy; a trade show with 60+ exhibitors; professional development courses and tours of high-performance green infrastructure projects.  The focus of this conference is stormwater management technology, policy, research and best practices in Washington DC.


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