Toxic Reduction and Safer Alternatives

Below are resource for you to learn more about the landscape of Oregon’s work in green chemistry and engineering and connect you with local resources with whom you may be able to collaborate.

  • Oregon’s Green Chemistry Advisory Group recommendations
  • Oregon’s Tyler Innovation Greenhouse
  • Northwest Green Chemistry center
  • Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

Green Chemistry Advisory Group

In 2010, a variety of stakeholders representing leaders from academia, industry, public agencies, industry, and non-governmental organizations met for several months to evaluate cases studies and analyze key findings from other states. DEQ staff participated in this collaboration, led by the Oregon Environmental Council, which resulted in four key recommendations that aim to “further establish a nexus of people, ideas, tools, and practices that will spur innovation to develop and produce safer chemicals and materials” that are outlined here:
  1. Increase understanding and awareness of the benefits of using green chemistry among key decision makers.
    Green chemistry makes products and processes inherently more sustainable. Oregon should facilitate a focused, multi-sector dialogue that will identify how we can use green chemistry to meet business needs and take advantage of opportunities to grow our economy and protect Oregon’s citizens and the environment.
  2. Enhance Oregon’s existing and future workforce through education and training that supports the use of green chemistry.
    Academia, government and NGOs should bridge knowledge gaps among employees and management to help organizations use green chemistry to foster innovation by making informed decisions about the types of chemicals, materials, products, and processes used throughout the lifecycles of their goods and services.
  3. Expand Oregon’s public and private green chemistry research and development capacity.
    Many of the tools needed to apply green chemistry—including reactions, solvents and reagents—do not exist. They need to be invented and developed through a combination of public and private research. Increasing the availability of green chemistry tools will enable chemists, engineers, and other professionals to successfully incorporate green chemistry into a wider range of products and processes.
  4. Commit state and local resources to support green chemistry innovation.
    The state of Oregon should foster collaboration and build capacity for green chemistry. This would include adopting policies that support the use of green chemistry through an executive order, legislation and/or modification of administrative rules.
To learn more about the recommendations and Oregon Case studies read “Advancing Green Chemistry in Oregon”.

Tyler Invention Greenhouse

The Tyler Invention Greenhouse builds upon the University of Oregon’s strength in green chemistry, design and innovation to accelerate the infusion of greener products into society – tapping basic research discoveries to meet the compelling national need for sustainable products.
They offer a collaborative “think tank” that fosters research through formal coursework and a unique facility in Eugene that provides the space for engagement and problem solving.
In addition, their unique connection to Green Chemistry provides information on green chemistry curriculum, research programs, a database of educational materials, workshops on incorporating green chemistry into undergraduate curriculum and their textbook on Greener Organic Chemistry on their web page Green Chemistry at the University Of Oregon. Check out the resources they provide:

Northwest Green Chemistry

“Enhances human and environmental health by fostering innovation and economic opportunities through sustainable and green chemistry and engineering solutions.”
The Northwest Green Chemistry (NGC) was created to advance green chemistry science and technology through collaboration, research, education, and technical assistance. The center is a cooperative effort between industry, academic, government, non-governmental organizations, and tribal partners.
The creation of NGC is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and currently a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs.
Visit the Northwest Green Chemistry website to find tools and resources and see upcoming events that include a webinar series targeted to entrepreneurs as well as individual webinars on topics ranging from regulations of renewable chemicals to information on a specific application.

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry is sponsored by the National Science Foundation with it’s headquarters located in Corvallis, Oregon at Oregon State University.
“Collaborative research in materials chemistry is carried out across eight academic institutions – Oregon State University of Oregon, Washington University at St Louis, Rutgers University, University of California Davis, University of California Berkeley, University of Texas-Dallas and University of Iowa.”
The conduct research to enhance the sustainability chemistry toolbox and prepare students to be green chemists. 
​Our approach seeks to reduce environmental effects by managing hazardous materials through all stages of their life. Promoting green chemistry in Oregon will encourage sustainable business innovation to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances that can contaminate the environment.