ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: March 19, 2010

Global sustainability technology breakthroughs featured at ACS meeting

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Chemistry’s often-overlooked role in fostering sustainability goes on parade this week with one of the largest and most comprehensive series of scientific reports on advances toward that goal and the challenges lying ahead. The 1,600 reports and other presentations are part of the theme — “Chemistry for a Sustainable World” — of the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, which opens here today.

“Theme presentations account for more than 10 percent of the 13,000 technical papers scheduled for the meeting,” said Robert Peoples, Ph.D., Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) and organizer of the sustainability plenary symposium. “This unique event is designed to shepherd scientists’ and engineers’ collective knowledge, interests, and passion to address the world’s sustainability challenges. I cannot imagine a more-timely topic. It is abundantly evident that we cannot meet the needs of an expanding global population with traditional technology. We need innovations, enabled by the application of green chemistry, for instance, and other fresh approaches.”

Green chemistry — sustainable chemistry — is the development and application of products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of potentially hazardous substances.


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Chemistry’s key role in promoting
worldwide sustainability is the
central theme of the American
Chemical Society’s 239th National
Meeting in San Francisco.
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