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Article about Greener Solutions course at

Board member and founder and co-instructor of the Greener Solutions course has recently published a good summary of the class in the Right Chemistry section of Insights at You can view the article here:

BCGC and Steelcase in GC3 Webinar about collaboration, April 13, 0900 PDT

Steelcase, the world’s largest furniture maker, and a partner in BCGC’s Fall 2016, Greener Solutions course, will join BCGC in a webinar hosted by the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) on April 13 at 0900 PDT. The webinar will highlight Steelcase’s challenge to UC Berkeley’s graduate student team: brainstorm the concept of “modular polymer chemistry” with a focus on safer colorants that could be used in the company’s Node chair line.

The webinar will be just in time for GC3’s Innovator’s Roundtable in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 25-27, and will feature Jon Smieja, Sustainable Design and Development Leader at Steelcase, and Mark Shapero, chemistry PhD candidate and Greener Solutions team member.

You can register for the webinar here:

You can view the webinar here:




BCGC Board Member to speak at Collaborating to Drive the Adoption of Green Chemistry symposium, Friday, March 24, 2017

BCGC Board Member and co-founder of Safer Made, Marty Mulvihill will be speaking  at the Levi Strauss and Co./ UC-Haas School of Business event. Safer Made is a startup science and technology investment company focused on bringing safer products to market. He will discuss his collaboration with Robert Strand of Haas’ Sustainable Products program and their case study “Levi-Strauss and Company: Driving Adoption of Green Chemistry”.

A New Book and Chapter from BCGC Associates

Professor Dale Johnson, UC Berkeley Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, has had a new book  published by the Royal Society of Chemistry – “Computational Systems Pharmacology and Toxicology”.

Here’s the link

Chapter 3, “Tools for Green Molecular Design to Reduce Toxicological Risk” is written by several people associated with the BCGC: Director John Arnold, former PI of our SAGE IGERT training program Chris Vulpe, and SAGE fellows Leah Rubin and David Faulkner.

Here is the citation:

David Faulkner, Leah K. Rubin Shen, Vanessa Y. De La Rosa, Dale E. Johnson, Rachel Hemingway, Richard V. Williams, Philip N. Judson, John Arnold and Chris D. Vulpe. (2017) Chapter 3. Tools for Green Molecular Design to Reduce Toxicological Risk. In: Computational Systems Pharmacology and Toxicology, Eds. Dale E. Johnson and Rudy J. Richardson. Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK. pp. 36-59. DOI:10.1039/9781782623731-00036

BCGC Board Member receives 2017 Wolf Prize in Chemistry

BCGC Board Member and the Gerald E.K. Branch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley Robert G. Bergman has won Israel’s highest award for science and the arts.  The Wolf Prize in Chemistry has been awarded in recognition of his discovery of the activation of C-H bonds of hydrocarbons by soluble transition metal complexes. He and the other award recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in June.

Congratulations, Bob!

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

Executive Director Tom McKeag on Sustainable Plastics

Read the article on Triple Pundit here