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EPA cancels $20-million green chemistry grant program, gives no explanation

In an announcement that stunned scientists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cancelled grant applications for what was supposed to be a $20-million, four-year green chemistry program. The mysterious cancellation comes less than three weeks before the deadline for the proposals. The grants, which were supposed to fund four new centers, would have been a major new source of funding for green chemistry, a field that seeks to design environmentally friendly chemicals and processes that can replace toxic substances. The requests for proposals may be reissued, the EPA said. But the program’s sudden halt and uncertain future — and lack of explanation — have left scientists disheartened. “My reaction is shock that it happened and total dismay that what appeared to be a novel program was cancelled without warning or explanation,” said Eric Beckman, a chemical engineer at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Green chemistry’s aim is to design environmentally friendly chemicals and processes that can replace toxic substances currently in use.

By Brett Israel
Senior Editor and Staff Writer
Environmental Health News
April 10, 2012
In an announcement that stunned scientists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cancelled grant applications for what was supposed to be a $20-million, four-year green chemistry program.

The mysterious cancellation, announced on Friday, came less than three weeks before the April 25 deadline for the grant proposals.

The federal grants, which were supposed to fund four new academic centers, would have been a major new source of funding for green chemistry, a field that seeks to design environmentally friendly chemicals and processes that can replace toxic substances.

The requests for proposals may be reissued, the EPA said Monday. But the program’s sudden halt and uncertain future – and lack of explanation – have left scientists disheartened. Lab researchers had worked for months on their proposals and scientists now fear their hard work will be wasted.

“My reaction is shock that it happened and total dismay that what appeared to be a novel program was cancelled without warning or explanation,” said Eric Beckman, a chemical engineer at the University of Pittsburgh who was working on a proposal.

Terry Collins, a green chemist at Carnegie Mellon University and a pioneer in the field, said the announcement “stunned me.” Collins was on a team of green chemists and other environmental scientists that had been working for months to put together a funding proposal. West Coast institutions, including University of California, Berkeley, also were developing a proposal.

Beckman said he’d never seen such a thing happen before – a government agency pulling the plug on a request for proposals so close to its deadline – in his more than 20 years in academia.

Eric Beckman, a University of Pittsburgh chemical engineer, said he’d never seen such a thing happen before – a government agency pulling the plug on a request for proposals so close to its deadline – in his more than 20 years in academia.The $20 million in funding would be “one of the most significant sources of dedicated support for green chemistry so it is a blow to the community that the call for applications was cancelled without explanation,” said Evan Beach, a green chemist at Yale University. “Everybody was in the home stretch on writing. The preparations took several months.”

The EPA offered no reason for the last-minute cancellation.

 “Given the new and emerging research areas…EPA determined that it was necessary to further explore these research areas and also consider changes to its usual review process,” Kelly Widener, assistant director for research communications at EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research, said in an email response to Environmental Health News.
Widener, who declined to elaborate, said the EPA anticipates re-issuing its requests for proposals in June or July.
Green chemistry, according to the EPA, is “the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances…across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.”
The new program – to create Centers for Material Life Cycle Safety and Centers for Sustainable Molecular Design – was announced in late December as a part of the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program.
The green chemistry centers were to draw together scientists from wide-ranging disciplines, including engineering, chemistry, social science and physics, to develop “improved methods for the design of next generation chemicals,” the EPA said when it announced the available funding.
“This holistic approach to design, which considers all the stages of a material’s life cycle, provides an opportunity to produce materials which minimize, and preferably eliminate, any associated potential environmental and human health impacts that may occur during the life cycle,” the original request for proposals said
That funding for such a promising area of science was halted without explanation at the last minute has many researchers scratching their heads.
“For the EPA to treat so wastefully the field that holds most of the keys to a good future for the relationships between chemical products and processes and the environment and health is mystifying to say the least,” Collins said. Read more science at Environmental Health News.
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AGC Photo Competition

Hello All AGC fans! We are proud to announce our first ever competition. We have decided to have a photo contest, and we encourage each of you to participate!
The prompt is: “How do you incorporate green chemistry into your life?”

Please submit a single shot and a brief explanation of how you do this by March 1st 2012 to msassanpour@advancinggreenchemistry.org
There will be four winners! By submitting your photo to this contest you agree that AGC can use your submission on our website and on other green chemistry materials (don’t worry, we’ll give you full credit and publicity!).


Now, of course, here are the list of prizes:

1. Gift package from Dirty Beauty, nature-based skincare. Check out their facebook here!
2. Hand-decorated floral green box from Susan Li’s etsy store SusiesBoxes. Check out her facebook page here!
3. Hand-made steampunk candle-holder made of real clock parts from Lisa Schultheis’ etsy store earthluv.
4. Made by Mieka Olive Oil Soap. Check out Made by Mieka’s facebook page here!

U.S. EPA to fund “Centers for Molecular Design”.

Funding Opportunities

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Research
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program

Centers for Sustainable Molecular Design

This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity.

Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2012-STAR-C1

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 66.509

Solicitation Opening Date: December 27, 2011
Solicitation Closing Date: April 25, 2012, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

Eligibility Contact: James Gentry (gentry.james@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8093
Electronic Submissions: Todd Peterson (peterson.todd@epa.gov); phone: 703-308-7224
Technical Contacts: Nora Savage (savage.nora@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8104
José Zambrana (zambrana.jose@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8057

Table of Contents:
Synopsis of Program
Award Information
Eligibility Information
Application Materials
Agency Contacts
A. Introduction
B. Background
C. Authority and Regulations
D. Specific Areas of Interest/Expected Outputs and Outcomes
E. References
F. Special Requirements
A. Eligible Applicants
B. Cost Sharing
C. Other
A. Internet Address to Request Application Package
B. Content and Form of Application Submission
C. Submission Dates and Times
D. Funding Restrictions
E. Submission Instructions and Other Submission Requirements
A. Peer Review
B. Programmatic Review
C. Funding Decisions
A. Award Notices
B. Disputes
C. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Access Standard STAR Forms (Forms and Standard Instructions Download Page)
View research awarded under previous solicitations (Funding Opportunities: Archive Page)


Synopsis of Program:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for an interdisciplinary center focusing on the sustainable molecular design of chemicals.  The aim of the center will be to develop a set of parameters and strategies that will establish design criteria regarding the properties of chemicals that will lead to the development of intrinsically less hazardous substances when compared to those currently used in society.  These newly acquired criteria and design principles will direct researchers towards the generation of novel chemicals that will minimize, and preferably eliminate, associated potential environmental and human health impacts that may occur during the life cycle of that chemical. The advent of these novel chemicals and their respective discovery of correlations between a chemical’s inherent properties and their adverse impacts require the development of improved methods for the design of next generation chemicals.

The Center will explore methods, establish knowledge bases, and develop guidance for eliminating and avoiding those attributes or properties of a chemical that most significantly influence their potential impacts. It is also anticipated the guidance for improved design and understanding of inherent chemical properties resulting from research supported under this Request for Applications (RFA) will enable continual improvements in the quality of life without detrimental impairment of public health or the ecosystem. Furthermore, the developed guidance and capability to reduce a substance’s ability to manifest hazard will result in substances which are in direct accordance with the principles of sustainability.

Note:  The term “chemicals” broadly refers to any and all types of materials, including individual chemicals, compounds or mixtures of compounds, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and nanomaterials.

Award Information:
Anticipated Type of Award: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Up to approximately two (2) awards
Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $10 million total for all awards
Potential Funding per Award: Up to a total of $5 million, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 4 years.  Cost-sharing is not required.  Proposals with budgets exceeding the total award limits will not be considered.

Eligibility Information:
Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply.  See full announcement for more details.

Application Materials:
To apply under this solicitation, use the application package available at Grants.gov (for further submission information see Section IV.E. “Submission Instructions and other Submission Requirements”).  The necessary forms for submitting a STAR application will be found on the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) web site, the Forms and Standard Instructions Download Page. If your organization is not currently registered with Grants.gov, you need to allow approximately one week to complete the registration process.  This registration, and electronic submission of your application, must be performed by an authorized representative of your organization.

If you do not have the technical capability to utilize the Grants.gov application submission process for this solicitation, call 1-800-490-9194 or send a webmail message to the NCER Contact Us page at least 15 calendar days before the submission deadline to assure timely receipt of alternate submission instructions.  In your message  provide the funding opportunity number and title of the program, specify that you are requesting alternate submission instructions, and provide a telephone number, fax number, and an email address, if available.  Alternate instructions will be emailed whenever possible.  Any applications submitted through alternate submission methods must comply with all the provisions of this Request for Applications (RFA), including Section IV, and be received by the solicitation closing date identified above.

Agency Contacts:
Eligibility Contact: James Gentry (gentry.james@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8093
Electronic Submissions: Todd Peterson (peterson.todd@epa.gov); phone: 703-308-7224
Technical Contacts: Nora Savage (savage.nora@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8104
José Zambrana (zambrana.jose@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8057

Full Announcement HERE.

Innovative Energy Technology Transforms Wasted Heat into Electricity.

US EPA Announces 2011 Energy Star Emerging Technology Awards.

Release date: 02/08/2011

Contact Information: Stacy Kika, kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing two companies for innovative new products that recycle wasted energy and turn it into usable electricity in homes or small buildings. Micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems are an emerging technology that can help change how we use and produce energy in our homes while protecting people’s health. When offsetting purchases of coal-generated electricity in cold climates, this emerging technology can reduce energy use and curb carbon dioxide emissions by 20 to 30 percent.

As winners of the 2011 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award, Freewatt micro CHP system made by ECR International, N.Y., and the Ecopower micro CHP system made by Marathon Engine, Wis. are helping home and small building owners, particularly in the Northeast region, produce their own electricity, reducing their utility bills. These technologies capture wasted energy from space or water heaters and turn it into usable electricity from a single fuel source.

Although the technology has been successfully used in larger applications for many years, micro CHP systems have only recently been commercialized for small scale use in residential homes, apartment buildings and small office buildings. This year’s winning micro CHP systems met strict criteria for efficiency, noise, emissions and third party-verified performance. In addition to submitting laboratory test results, products were monitored in the field for a minimum of one year to be eligible for recognition.

More information: http://www.energystar.gov/emergingtech

2011 Science Communication Fellows Begin Year-long Training.

Release date: February 7, 2011


This year’s Fellows will spend the next year polishing their communication skills and learning effective ways to inform journalists and the public about new research findings in environmental health and green chemistry. They will work with editors and writing staff at Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) to produce original research reviews and commentaries on media coverage. Additionally, they will be available as sources to journalists seeking information for stories related to these important and burgeoning fields.

The Fellows’ formal training begins with a two-day conference to be held March 3-5 in Washington, DC.

The Fellows program, now in its fifth year, trains scientists early in their careers to more clearly articulate research results and explain their relevance in an effort to deepen public understanding of issues related to environmental health and green chemistry. The program is unique because it involves scientists who identify findings that shed light on links among the environment, human health and chemistry.

Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) and Advancing Green Chemistry (AGC) sponsor the fellowships. EHS publishes the online news source Environmental Health News (http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org) and The Daily Climate (http://www.dailyclimate.org). AGC publishes chemistry updates at http://www.AdvancingGreenChemistry.org.

The 2011 Fellows represent a wide range of interests and experiences. They hail from major universities located in four countries – the United States, Canada, Sweden and the United Kingdom. They bring a commitment to educate the public about the connections between chemicals and human and ecological health. Their professional and academic backgrounds range from environmental toxicology to epidemiology to green chemistry.

Every month, the Fellows will translate new research findings into short summaries written for a general audience. The summaries are then published at www.environmentalhealthnews.org. They will also write brief reviews – also published there – commenting on how well the media are covering environmental health science and green chemistry issues.

During the past two decades, significant changes in the research and clinical practice of environmental health have occurred. During the same time, green chemistry emerged as a tool for training chemists to develop safer chemicals. Most people are unaware of how profoundly the research in both areas has evolved and of the intertwining interests of the two seemingly diverse areas. The Fellows – at the interface between the science and journalism – address the large gap between these rapidly moving research frontiers and public understanding of the disciplines and their connections.

The Fellows were selected through a competitive process by a selection committee of seven prominent scientists: Lynn R. Goldman, George Washington University; Louis J. Guillette, Jr., Medical University of South Carolina; Patricia A. Hunt, Washington State University; Richard J. Jackson, University of California-Los Angeles; Shuk-mei Ho, University of Cincinnati; Shanna H. Swan, University of Rochester; and Frederick vom Saal, University of Missouri-Columbia.

The 2011 Science Communication Fellows:

Joe Braun, MSPH, PhD, RN, is a research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. As an epidemiologist, he studies the role of endocrine disrupting compounds – such as bisphenol A and phthalates – in children’s development. His current research examines whether these compounds impact children’s traits that are sex linked, such as visual and spatial abilities, aggression, hyperactivity, anxiety and depression.

Aimin Chen, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He conducts epidemiologic research of environmental toxicants and their effects on mothers’ and children’s’ health. His current research interests focus on children’s health outcomes from exposure to heavy metals, flame retardants and electronic-waste recycling processes.

Renee Gardner, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She uses studies of exposed mothers and infants to understand how early-life exposures to toxic chemicals – especially metals – affect the developing immune system of children. Additionally, she studies cell cultures in the lab to better understand the impact of toxic metals on the human immune system.

Roxanne Karimi, PhD, is a postdoctoral research associate at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. She studies the transfer of pollutants – such as mercury – through aquatic food webs and examines human exposure to these pollutants from fish consumption.

Brandon Moore, PhD, is an assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University. His research compares reproductive effects in wildlife – specifically reptiles and fish – from exposure to different levels of pollution in the environment. He investigates reproductive organs and cell processes to understand how pollutants can shape and alter sexual development and function in wildlife. Observed alterations in organ structures and associated genetic markers between unexposed and exposed animals shed light on potential reductions in reproductive fitness and fertility.

Audrey Moores, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University. She is a chemist who studies how nanoparticles that are made from metals can be used as effective catalysts in industrial processes. These materials are very small and have interesting chemical properties and activities that differ their larger, bulk counterparts. The ultimate goal of this research is to provide better, greener alternatives using these well-defined catalysts, so as to reduce the waste generated and the energy and material input needed to produce chemicals for use in everything from commodities to pharmaceutics.

Steven Neese, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois. He is a behavioral toxicologist who studies how environmental contaminants affect cognition during aging. His current research assesses how exposure to estrogenic contaminants – specifically bisphenol-A – can affect normal cognitive aging in animas in order to understand how these interactions may impact people’s brain health.

Tamara Tal, PhD, is a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University. As a developmental toxicologist, she studies how changes in the way genes are read or processed during development lead to abnormal brain function later in life. Broadly, her current work seeks to understand adverse behavioral outcomes following developmental exposure to a wide range of environmentally prevalent chemicals. To do so, she uses zebrafish to investigate how early life exposures to neurotoxic chemicals alter the chemical or cell signals that promote normal brain development.

Wim Thielemans, PhD, MRSC, is a lecturer in chemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Situated at the interface between chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science, his research interests focus on the development of polymers and composites from renewable sources, chemical surfaces modification and self-assembly of nanoparticles derived from starch and cellulose and their interaction with other materials and the environment.

Heather Volk, PhD, MPH, is a research assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and the Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. An epidemiologist, her research focuses on examining the interaction of environmental and genetic risk factors on neurodevelopment. She currently studies environmental exposures for autism and is focusing on the potential impact of traffic-related air pollution.

Environmental Health Sciences (EHS), publisher of the daily news services EnvironmentalHealthNews.org and TheDailyClimate.org, sponsors the fellowship in partnership with Advancing Green Chemistry (AGC). EHS, based in Charlottesville, Va., is a non-profit organization that promotes public understanding of links between environmental factors and human health. AGC – also in Charlottesville, Va. – advances development and adoption of green chemistry by promoting research, linking strategic partners and highlighting opportunities among stakeholders. The Science Communication Fellows program is funded by grants from the Kendeda Fund.


Environmental Health Sciences: Pete Myers, jpmyers@ehsic.org, 434.220.0348; Wendy Hessler, whessler@ehsic.org, 402.397.9928, 402.672.1715.

Advancing Green Chemistry: Karen O’Brien, kpobrien@advancinggreenchemistry.org, 434.220.3701.

Science Communication Network: Amy Kostant, amy@sciencecom.org, 202.463.6670

Carbon-absorbent foam triumphs at 2010 Earth Awards

By Shanta Barley, guardian.co.uk

Thursday 16 September 2010

The Earth Awards: Revolutionary artificial foam
A revolutionary artificial foam which captures and converts the Sun’s energy more effectively than living organisms has won the Earth Awards 2010. Illustration: The Earth Awards

An artificial foam inspired by the meringue-like nest of a South American frog has won the 2010 Earth Awards. The foam, which could help to tackle climate change, soaks up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and generates sugars that can be converted into biofuel.

The Earth Awards were set up in 2007 to bring together green start-ups strapped for cash with investors. Between March and May, over 500 designs were submitted to a panel of judges that included Richard Branson, Jane Goodall, David de Rothschild and Diane von Furstenberg.

The panel awarded $10,000 each to six finalists in August. Tonight, the winning design – a photosynthetic foam developed by David Wendell and Carlo Monetmagno of the University of Cincinnati – was awarded $50,000 at Marlborough House, London, as part of the Prince of Wales’ Start Festival.

The foam, which will be installed in the flues of coal-burning power plants, captures carbon dioxide and locks it away as sugar before it has a chance to enter the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. Due to its frothy structure, the foam can be up to five times more efficient than plants at converting carbon dioxide into sugar.

Wendell knows that the foam is manufacturing sugar – glucose – but he hasn’t yet managed to extract the sugar in order to convert it into biofuel. Wendell says creating a biofuel like this is desirable as it reduces the pressure to grow biofuel crops on land for crops, and keeps the price of staple foods like cereal and rice down.

The secret to the foam’s success is a protein that the Tungara frog uses as scaffolding in its foamy nests. “I read about a protein that the frog uses that allows bubbles to form in the nest, but doesn’t destroy the lipid membranes of the eggs that the females lay in the foam, and realised that it was perfect for our own foam. The foam contains a mixture of over 11 different enzymes harvested from bacteria, plants and fungi. It fixes carbon dioxide as sugars like fructose and glucose at a rate that exceeds that found in plants,” Wendell said.

According to Rick Fedrizzi, chief executive of the United States Green Building Council, one of the award judges, Wendell’s idea and those of the other finalists were “amazing but wouldn’t necessarily have seen the light of day without the Earth Awards”.

“Cash prizes are great but the real benefit of the Earth Awards is that your idea or technology is recognised by your peers,” says Fedrizzi. “Plus you get to network with venture capitalists, who might choose to invest in you at a later stage when your idea is more tangible.”

Fedrizzi’s favourite entry was the Sustainable Shell, a biodegradable home that can be built from the soil on which it sits. “You might be living in the Serengeti in Africa with access to nothing but mud and water, but by using these design principles anyone can build a strong, sustainable shelter,” he says.

Designed by Michael Ramage of the Department of Architecture at Cambridge University, the home will probably be a hit among NGOs seeking to rebuild regions like Haiti that have been devastated by natural disasters. It’s also very beautiful, says Fedrizzi: “It brings to mind centuries-old Moorish temples.”

Among the other finalists is Jamie Lim, a Malaysian ethical designer who has created a range of sunglasses hand-crafted from bamboo – a fast-growing, biodegradable and low-carbon alternative to plastic. For every pair of “KAYU” sunglasses bought, Lim donates $20 towards surgery that restores sight in the developing world.

Another design recognised by the awards was Arthur Huang’s Polli Bricks – a low-carbon form of cladding made from recycled plastic bottles that can be wrapped around buildings to insulate them. They come studded with solar-power LED lights and cost around ten times less than conventional cladding.

Not all of the entries into the Earth Awards were tangible structures, however. The Biomimicry Institute in Missoula, Montana, submitted Ask Nature – an open source digital library that allows people to find out how nature has solved problems that now confront humanity.

See original article here.

2010 Heinz Awards announced

By Elizabeth Weise

This year’s Heinz Family Foundation awards include honors for a scientist documenting the effects of endocrine disruptors, a champion on the global seed vault and one of the giants in the field of ‘green,’ or non-toxic, chemistry.

The awards come with an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000. They recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions in the areas of Arts and Humanities, the Environment, the Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment. They were established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz.

This year’s winners include:

James Balog with icebergs at Ilulissat Isfjord, UNESCO World Heritage site. By Adam LeWinter, Adam LeWinter

James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey (Boulder, Colo.)

For his dramatic use of photography to document the devastation of global warming. James Balog, a former skeptic of global warming, is honored for his pioneering photographic documentation of the effects of global warming worldwide. Using materials from his local hardware store, he adapted 39 Nikon cameras to take photos of glaciers around the world each hour of daylight. More than 500,000 photographs from his Extreme Ice Survey illustrate the evidence of global warming over time, providing scientists with vital insight on glacial retreat.

Frederick vom Saal. Curators’ Professor Division of Biological Sciences · College of Arts & Science. Rutgers University. By L.G. Patterson

Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D., University of Missouri (Columbia, Mo.)

For uncovering health problems linked to the chemical BPA. Building upon an already distinguished career in basic reproductive biology, vom Saal discovered unexpected health problems linked to exposure to common chemicals in every day products such as bisphenol A (BPA), a widely-used ingredient in consumer products. Vom Saal’s work has been crucial to opening new questions about many chemicals in widespread use, which had been thought safe based on traditional methods used in toxicology. His research challenges health agencies around the world to use 21st century biomedical science in assessing the risks posed by environmental chemicals.

Cary Fowler, Global Crop Diversity Trust. By Heinz Family Foundation.

For establishing the Global Seed Vault to conserve genetic diversity of the world’s food plants despite climate change. Raised in Tennessee, Fowler developed a love for agriculture that shaped his acute awareness of the importance of crop diversity. His work emphasizes that a lack in plant population diversity weakens food security. His efforts to conserve crop diversity, including the development of the Global Seed Vault — holding one-third of the world’s seed varieties — are critical to preserving crop diversity as factors such as climate change and natural disasters threaten agriculture and its ability to feed humanity in the future.

Terry Collins is the Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University where he directs the Institute for Green Science. By Heinz Family Foundation

Terrence Collins, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

For using “green chemistry” to detoxify hazardous chemicals and training the next generation of scientists.Collins has a distinguished and unquenchable passion for training the next generation of scientists to combine the tools of chemistry with the knowledge of environmental health science so their work will reduce the use and generation of hazardous substances. A professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Green Science, Collins and his research group have played a crucial role in inventing safe, sustainable ways to mitigate toxic waste and biological agents including anthrax.

Gretchen Daily, Ph.D.,Stanford University and the Natural Capital Project (Stanford, Calif.)

For her achievements demonstrating the financial value of natural ecosystems, which include climate stability, flood control, water purification, pollination and production of food. Daily has shown important and unique global leadership in creating new tools and approaches for estimating the economic value of conservation, and for implementing these in key demonstrations around the world. With the Natural Capital Project, she has co-developed InVEST, a computer software program helping decision makers identify ecological assets with the highest financial value. Daily’s current work in China is helping to inform a $100 billion investment in conservation, over 25 percent of the country’s land area, to harmonize conservation and human development.

Daniel Sperling, Ph.D., University of California, Davis (Davis, Calif.)

For advancing sustainable transportation policies and accelerating the transition to low-carbon alternative fuels nationwide. Sperling has made significant contributions to revolutionize transportation and energy research through a unique academic approach that merges research, policy studies and entrepreneurship in pursuit of clean, equitable transportation options. A professor and founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, Sperling was instrumental in the passage of California’s groundbreaking Low Carbon Fuel Standard, the first major regulation built on the concept of measuring greenhouse gases over a product or fuel’s lifecycle, from production to end use. Sperling’s most recent book, Two Billion Cars, has received international acclaim and demonstrates his ability to communicate complex topics in a way that touches people and moves them to action.

New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert. By Nicholas Whitman

Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, (Williamstown, Mass.)

For her groundbreaking environmental journalism and devotion to informing readers. Elizabeth Kolbert is honored for her steadfast, creative and challenging journalistic explorations of important environmental issues that are central to global change. Time and again she has written about key global issues of the day, in media outlets such as The New Yorker as well as in books. Ms. Kolbert’s investigations go beyond traditional reporting — even raising a hive of bees in her backyard to better understand their habits for a story about their mysterious disappearance. Her skill for providing readers with intriguing narrative generates intense interest, grabs national attention and has inspired a movie.

Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. By Heinz Family Foundation

Michael Oppenheimer, Ph.D., Princeton University (Princeton, N.J. and New York, N.Y.)

For assessing the impacts of global warming and air pollution, and working for policies to prevent future harm. Oppenheimer is honored for his leadership in assessing the impacts of climate change and air pollution, as well as promoting policies to prevent future harm. Long before global warming reached global prominence, he drew international attention to the issue by co-organizing workshops that helped precipitate the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton, Oppenheimer was formerly chief scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund for 21 years. He is currently a lead coordinating author of the fifth IPCC assessment as well as on a special report on climate extremes and disasters.

Richard A. Feely, an oceanographer, directs the Marine Carbon Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. By Heinz Family Foundation

Richard Feely, Ph.D.,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (Seattle, Wash.)

For his extraordinary efforts in identifying ocean acidity as global warming’s “evil twin.” Studying the world’s oceans since 1974, Feely is recognized by the Heinz Awards for his extensive study of ocean acidification caused by rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Logging over 1,000 days at sea and over 50 scientific expeditions, Feely’s startling discoveries prove acidity levels are rising fast and represent a major challenge to the health of the ocean’s food web. Throughout his career, Feely has promoted improvements in public policy to protect oceans and marine ecosystems. His research documenting the pace and extent of acidification have brought this issue world-wide attention and forced recognition of the fact that policy measures that only address global warming will fail to fully confront global change.

Lynn Goldman, Johns Hopkins National Children’s Study Center. By Marissa Rauch

Lynn Goldman, M.D., George Washington University (Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, Md.)

For promoting regulation of dangerous chemicals and expanding citizens’ right to know about pollution in their communities. As a pediatrician and epidemiologist, she saw children with preventable infectious diseases and lead poisoning and it inspired her to research and develop programs to stop negative health effects caused by chemical contaminants. Appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she strengthened regulation on pesticides and toxic substances and expanded citizens’ right-to-know about pollution in their communities. Returning to academia after government service, she has carried out groundbreaking research on how chemicals affect newborn children. In August, she became dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University, a position that will enhance her ability to protect public health.

See original article in USA Today

Second Annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award Nomination Packet Released

Second Annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award Nomination Packet Released

Contact: Robert McCann (517) 373-7917
Agency: Natural Resources and Environment

May 5, 2010

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) has released the second annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award Nomination Packet. The awards, modeled on the Presidential Green Chemistry Awards Program will honor industrial, academic, student, and non-profit efforts to green Michigan’s economy.

The award program recognizes advances that either incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, or use; or that promote activities that support or implement those technologies. The awards are open to individuals, groups, and organizations in Michigan, both nonprofit and for profit, including academia, educators, nonprofit advocacy groups, and industry. All entries must be sent no later than August 6. The awards will be presented during the Green Chemistry Conference: A Catalyst for the Economy, which is scheduled to take place at the Kellogg Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University on October 20.

The Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards are the result of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm’s Executive Directive 2006-6, “Promotion of Green Chemistry for Sustainable Economic Development and Protection of Public Health,” which established state policy encouraging the use of safer, less toxic, or non-toxic chemical alternatives to hazardous substances and the research, development, and implementation of green chemistry in Michigan. The DNRE has been given primary responsibility to implement the directive, including establishing a Michigan Green Chemistry Program and convening a Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable. The roundtable, which is comprised of experts representing business, academia, and environmental interest groups, has played an active role in the development of the award program.

Further information on the award categories is available in the nomination packet on the DNRE Web site at www.michigan.gov/greenchemistry , or by calling the DNRE’s Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278.

The DNRE is committed to conserve, manage, protect, and promote accessible use and enjoyment of the state’s environmental, natural resource, and related economic interests for current and future generations.

$10,000 InnoCentive award for Green Chemistry process to convert a di-olefin to a mono-alcohol.

Challenge Overview

An environmentally friendly method for converting a di-olefin to a mono-alcohol is desired.
A viable process to convert a specific di-olefin (A) to a specific mono alcohol (B) in high yield is desired. The process should attempt to use commercially available catalysts and green chemistry principles. If the catalyst and process are not commercial, then a clear definition of how commercial viability can be achieved should be provided.

(A)                                                                                                    (B)

What is  InnoCentive?

InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world’s most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.
What is a  Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?
An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge implements an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. For both forms of a theoretical Challenge, solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

Go to the InnoCentive site here.

Upcoming Deadlines for Student Awards in Green Chemistry

The Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship sponsors young international green chemistry scholars to participate in any international green chemistry technical meeting, conference, or training program of their choosing. “Young” international scholar is defined as undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs.

Apply by February 1, 2010 for Student Awards in Green Chemistry. Award notifications will be made by May 1 and the fellowship must be used during 2010.

The Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award honors outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of green chemistry through research or education. The award is a one-time cash award in the amount of $1,000 (USD) and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

Deadline for applications is Feb 1, 2010. The award is sponsored by the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and the National Institute of Standards & Technology, and will be presented during the awards ceremony of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards on June 21, 2010.