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BCGC at the Safer Chemicals in Products Conference, March 27, 28

Executive Director Tom McKeag and board members Meg Schwarzman and Marty Mulvihill will be speaking at the ChemicalWatch Safer Chemicals in Products conference in San Francisco, on March 27 and 28. Tom will be speaking about our Greener Solutions course and how BCGC partners with industry, Meg will lead a panel discussion on alternatives assessment, and Marty will discuss the motivation of funders and how they might drive innovation.

The event will offer expert panels and case studies of best practices to achieve safer chemical choices in products. Throughout the two days attendees will examine the interplay between regulation and safer chemicals with the business benefits of progressive safe chemicals management through the supply chain.

Learn more about the event here:

Executive Director leads DOE discussion panel

Executive Director Tom McKeag moderated a panel “Harnessing Biology for Novel Manufacturing” at the ARPA-E Innovation Summit in Washington, DC, on February 27, 2017. Participating in the panel were Dr. Angela Belcher, the James Mason Crafts Professor, Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) , Mr. Gavin McIntyre, co-founder and CTO of Evocative, and Mr. Prasad Boradker, professor of design at Arizona State University, director of InnovationSpace and co-director of the Biomimicry Center at ASU. Dr. Joesph Rollin coordinated the event in anticipation of an open call for proposals in 2018.


Educational Symposium on Flame Retardants, February 10, 2017

Sponsored by the Green Science Policy Institute

What do Teflon fry pans, Goretex jackets, and microwave popcorn bags have in common? Are toxic flame retardants still being added to consumer products? Find out at our annual symposium Flame Retardant Dilemma and BeyondFriday, February 10th at UC Berkeley. This decade-long series of science and policy meetings have educated decision-makers in California and nationally to reduce toxics and protect our health.

Register HERE.

Inspiring speakers include:

  • Rob Bilott, subject of the NY Times Magazine cover story, “The Lawyer Who Became Dupont’s Worst Nightmare,” will share the story of a recent $10.5 million award for his client due to “actual malice” on DuPont’s part.  The client developed cancer from drinking water contaminated with fluorinated chemicals from a DuPont plant.
  • Malene Teller Blume of Coop Denmark, the country’s largest retailer, that took the lead in phasing out all fluorinated chemicals, BPA, and other harmful chemicals.

When: Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: 150 University Hall, UC Berkeley (2199 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA)
Cost: $20 full-time students; $40 non-profit, government, academia and the public; $80 corporate and business. Register HERE.

Costs cover the venue, event handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

We hope you can join us for this fun and educational symposium. A preliminary agenda is here and below.

Best Regards,
Arlene, and the GSP Team