For the 16th year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing pioneering chemical technologies developed by leading researchers and industrial innovators who are making significant contributions to pollution prevention in the United States. These prestigious awards recognise and promote research and development of less-hazardous alternatives to existing technologies that reduce or eliminate waste, particularly hazardous waste, in industrial production.
The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are bestowed in five categories. Green Chemistry would like to congratulate the 2011 award winners:
- Academic: Bruce H. Lipshutz, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Small business: BioAmber, Inc., Plymouth, Minn.
- Greener synthetic pathways: Genomatica, San Diego, Calif.
- Greener reaction conditions: Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., Houston, Texas
- Designing greener chemicals: The Sherwin-Williams Company, Cleveland, Ohio
The awards were made on Monday night, June 20th at the Green Chemistry Challenge Awards ceremony in Washington D.C. as an opener to the 15th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference which is being held in concert with the 5th International Conference on Green & Sustainable Chemistry.
Green Chemistry Editor Sarah Ruthven is in Washington D.C. attending the Conferences; if you would like to meet her there please contact the Editorial Office.