FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 01, 2022

Call for nominations for EPA’s 2023 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2022 — The American Chemical Society (ACS), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announces the call for nominations for the 2023 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards to recognize businesses, individuals, academic institutions and nonprofits for innovative green chemistry solutions and products. 

Applications are due to EPA by Dec. 9, 2022. A webinar will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET to educate stakeholders on the Green Chemistry Challenge Awards and the nomination process. Register here for the webinar.

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute will convene an independent panel of technical experts to formally judge the nominations and make recommendations to EPA for the 2023 winners.

“ACS is proud of its collaboration with EPA to recognize the innovations in green chemistry that will provide products and solutions to improve the environment,” says Jitesh Soares, Ph.D., director of ACS’ Office of Scientific Advancement.

“Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners are leaders in their fields, and their technologies demonstrate how this revolutionary discipline can be used to prevent pollution at its source,” says Jennie Romer, deputy assistant administrator for pollution prevention in EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Green chemistry is also a tool in the fight against climate change, and by encouraging the use of greener products, it can advance environmental justice in underserved and overburdened communities where industrial sites are disproportionately located.”

Since the inception of the awards program more than 25 years ago, EPA has received more than 1,800 nominations and presented awards for 133 technologies that decrease hazardous chemicals and use of resources, reduce costs and protect human health. Winning technologies are responsible for annually reducing the use or generation of hundreds of millions of pounds of hazardous chemicals, saving billions of gallons of water and eliminating billions of pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and all its people. The Society is a global leader in promoting excellence in science education and providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a leader in scientific information solutions, its CAS division partners with global innovators to accelerate breakthroughs by curating, connecting and analyzing the world’s scientific knowledge. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (GCI) is an institute of the American Chemical Society dedicated to catalyzing the implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering through the global chemistry enterprise and the Society. ACS GCI convenes industrial roundtables, holds an annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (, and offers educational resources including grants, awards, webinars and workshops — encouraging scientific innovations to solve environmental and human health issues facing our world today.

Note: ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies.

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