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2014 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

Agency: Environmental Quality

2014 GreenUp November 12, 2014
  November 12, 2014 
   Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan      

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This year’s GreenUp Conference was held on the campus at Michigan State University at the Kellogg Center and featured:

  • The 6th Annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award Ceremony
  • Keynote speakers:
    • Eric Beckman, University of Pittsburgh, Co-Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award winner. His research group examines the use of molecular design to solve problems in green product formulation and in the design of materials for use in tissue engineering.
    • Bruce Dale, Michigan State University, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University Distinguished Professor; MSUAgBioResearch. He is the associate director of the University's Office of Bio-based Technologies and the principal investigator at the Biomass Conversion Research Laboratory.
    • Deanna Cullen, chemistry teacher at Whitehall High School in Whitehall, Michigan. Ms. Cullen has received green chemistry education training from Beyond Benign Foundation, and she blogs on the Journal of Chemistry Education Web site.
  • Student poster contest with a $500 prize
  • Breakout sessions and panels including:
    • Innovation and entrepreneurship
    • Green Chemistry education
    • Leveraging non-competitive industry partnerships
    • Industry case studies
    • Pollution prevention technology
    • Reduced toxicity in products such as volatile organic compound reduction in solvents, water-based automotive trim adhesives, and elimination of fluorinated surfactants in fire suppression.
    • Bio-manufacturing

Green chemistry and engineering is revolutionizing the way we work and live, by employing less toxic materials and processes in the manufacture and design of the products we use every day while protecting human health and the environment. New regulations and consumer demand are pushing green chemistry and engineering principles to create new markets, reduce costs, increase safety, and gain a competitive edge.

This year's conference will strove to be ZERO WASTE. All food waste collected from the conference was shipped to the Anaerobic Digester located just 4 miles away on South Campus where it was converted to energy. MSU faculty, staff and students discussed this initiative in a breakout session and with student posters.

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