Green Chemistry Mission and Goals

In October 2006, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm issued Executive Directive No. 2006-6 (Directive), "Promotion of Green Chemistry for Sustainable Economic Development and Protection of Public Health." The Directive encourages the research, development, and implementation of Green Chemistry in Michigan and tasks the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) with coordinating state-wide implementation. Goals include establishing a Green Chemistry Roundtable as well as developing and promoting a Green Chemistry Program for sustainable economic development and protection of public health.

As outlined in this Directive, the DEQ will establish a Green Chemistry Program designed to do all of the following:

  1. Provide encouragement for green chemistry research, development, demonstration, education, and technology transfer.
  2. Examine methods by which state government can create incentives for consideration and use of green chemistry processes and products.
  3. Facilitate the adoption of green chemistry innovations in Michigan.
  4. Expand education and training of undergraduate and graduate students, and professional chemists and chemical engineers in Michigan, including through partnerships with industry, in green chemistry science and engineering.
  5. Collect and disseminate information on green chemistry research, development, and technology transfer.
  6. Provide venues for outreach and dissemination of green chemistry advances such as symposia, forums, conferences, and written materials in collaboration with, as appropriate, industry, academia, scientific and professional societies, and other relevant groups.
  7. Support economic, legal, and other appropriate social science research to identify barriers to commercialization and methods to advance commercialization of green chemistry.
  8. Provide for public input and outreach to be integrated into the Green Chemistry Program by the convening of public discussions, through mechanisms such as citizen panels, consensus conferences, and educational events.
  9. Promote voluntary, cooperative efforts with industrial sectors to develop green chemistry plans.
  10. Make recommendations to the Governor on an annual basis for a Governor's Green Chemistry Award, promoting excellence, innovation, economic development and public health risk reduction by businesses and institutions.
  11. Maintain a website to provide information about the Green Chemistry Program.

 

As part of the Green Chemistry Program, the DEQ will convene a Green Chemistry Roundtable that is representative of public health, industrial, environmental, local government, and general public perspectives. The Roundtable may establish subgroups organized around particular chemicals or other classes of chemicals to identify the need for green chemistry research and innovation for alternatives.