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.

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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 (gcande.org), and offers educational resources including grants, awards, webinars and workshops — encouraging scientific innovations to solve environmental and human health issues facing our world today.

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