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GreenUp event examines sustainable innovations

Agency: Environmental Quality

Sept. 12, 2011                                                                                                                  11-0912


For More Information                                    Brad Wurfel, 517-373-7917, 

                                                                     Jennifer Acevedo, 517-335-3203, 



DEQ today announced the 2011 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering, or GreenUp Conference, Oct. 27 at the University of Michigan's North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor.


Green chemistry is the design of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances. This year's theme, "Advancing Innovation for a Sustainable Future," speaks to the list of noted professionals and academic leaders who will discuss the latest challenges and successes in sustainable chemistry and engineering.


Researchers, chemists, engineers, industry CEOs, students, educators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and anyone interested in advancing innovation for Michigan's sustainable future will find this conference a valuable opportunity to share ideas on how to best to lead Michigan toward a prosperous and greener future. Attendees will learn how green chemistry and engineering can protect human health and the environment while helping businesses create new markets, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge.


Participants can sign-up for the one-day event at


Conference highlights include:


  • Welcome by Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Michigan 
  • Keynote presentation by Julie Zimmerman, Acting Director for Yale's Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering 
  • More than 20 breakout session speakers 
  • Poster session and student poster contest 

Major conference sponsors include the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, University of Michigan, Dow, Dow Corning, Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leaders, and For additional information contact the DEQ's Office of Environmental Assistance at 1-800-662-9278.