2014 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering ConferenceAgency: Environmental Quality
November 12, 2014
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 GreenUp Conference was held on the campus at Michigan State University at the Kellogg Center and featured the following presentations:
Opening Remarks: Deanna Cullen, Whitehall High School
Morning Keyn0te: Bruce Dale, Michigan State University
Panel: Cultivating Green Chemistry Innovations – Panelists: Robert Weins, Insight Advisors; Andrew McColm, Michigan State University; James Bleyer, Valicor
MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS
I. Applications in the Automotive Industry
II. Green Chemistry in Higher EducationIII. The Bioeconomy in Michigan
Bio Manufacturing Products with Michigan Feedstock – A Dawning Reality - Kevin M. Karpinski, BioCycle
Lunch Keynote: Eric Beckman, George M. Bevier Professor of Engineering and Co-Director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, University of Pittsburgh
AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS
I. Green Chemistry Industrial Innovation
II. Incorporating Toxics Reduction and Green Chemistry into K-12 Education
Teaching Toxics Use Reduction Chemistry through Green Chemistry - Maru Colbert, Science Nation Project School
Project-based Learning and Green Chemistry - Kathe Blue Hetter, Skyline High School
III. Cutting Edge Research
Radiation Curable Coatings and Water-based Automotive Trim Adhesives from Soybean oil and its derivatives - Senthilkumar Rengasamy, Diversified Chemical Technologies, Inc.
Novel Methods for Catalyst Functionalization of Semiconductors - Shawn Eady, University of Michigan
IV. New Product Development
V. Green Chemistry on Campus
Greening the Spartan Green &White - Ramani Narayan, Laurie Thorpe, Abdullah Mohammed, and Stephen Plont, Michigan State University
This year's conference 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.