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EPA Announces Winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Release Date: 06/23/2010
Contact Information: Dale Kemery kemery.dale@epa.gov 202-564-7839 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – For the 15th year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized pioneering chemical technologies developed by leading researchers and industrial innovators who are making significant contributions to pollution prevention in the United States. The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards recognize and promote green chemistry technologies, including cleaner processes; safer raw materials; and safer, better products. They also highlight the environmental and economic benefits of novel green chemistry.

The 2010 award winners and categories are:

  • Academic Award: James C. Liao, PhD, Easel Biotechnologies, LLC and University of California, Los Angeles
  • Small Business Award: LS9, Inc., South San Francisco, California
  • Greener Synthetic Pathways Award: The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan, jointly with BASF, Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Greener Reaction Conditions Award: Merck & Co., Rahway, New Jersey, jointly with Codexis, Inc., Redwood City, California
  • Designing Greener Chemicals Award: Clarke, Roselle, Illinois

An independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute selected the 2010 winners from among scores of nominated technologies.

EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Program has significantly reduced the hazards associated with designing, manufacturing, and using chemicals. During the life of the program, EPA has received more than 1,300 nominations and presented awards to 77 winners. Winning technologies alone are responsible for reducing the use or generation of more than an estimated 198 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, saving 21 billion gallons of water, and eliminating 57 million pounds of carbon dioxide releases to air. These benefits are in addition to significant energy and cost savings by the winners and their customers.

More information on the award winners: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/greenchemistry/pubs/pgcc/past.html
Listen to podcasts about this year’s winners: http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry/pubs/2010_podcasts/index.html