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Recipients of the 1997 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.
Release Date: 06/23/97
FOR RELEASE: MONDAY, JUNE 23, 1997
EPA Deputy Administrator Fred Hansen today announced the recipients of the 1997
Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Four organizations and one
individual were recognized for developing chemical processes that help reduce
pollution and that can be broadly applied in several different industries.
Hansen announced the awards at the first Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference
at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
The Presidential Green Chemistry Program was initiated in 1995 as part
of the Clinton Administration’s efforts to recognize and promote innovative
technologies that prevent pollution and contribute to a healthy industrial ecology.
EPA, working together with partners from industry, academia, the states, and
other federal agencies, solicited nominations for the Presidential Green Chemistry
Challenge Awards last August. More than 80 nominations were reviewed by an
independent panel of technical experts selected by the American Chemical Society.
Recipients of the 1997 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are:
BHC Company, Dallas, Texas;
Imation Corporation, Oakdale, Minnesota;
Albright and Wilson Americas, Glen Allen, Virginia;
Legacy Systems, Fremont, California; and
Joseph M. DeSimone, a professor of chemistry at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.
A formal ceremony to honor this year’s recipients will be held on Tuesday,
June 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the National Academy of Sciences. Katie McGinty,
Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality; Lynn Goldman, Assistant
Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances; and Paul
Anderson, President of the American Chemical Society, will be the featured
speakers. Representatives from the chemical industry, trade associations,
academia, and scientific organizations will participate in the ceremony.
For more information on the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, call
EPA's Paul Anastas or Tracy Williamson at 202-260-2659.
John Kasper, Director
Press Services Division
The Green Chemistry Challenge was initiated by President Clinton and Vice President Gore as part of the Administration's Reinventing Environmental Regulations initiative to promote pollution prevention and industrial ecology. The program was established to recognize and promote fundamental and innovative chemical technologies that accomplish pollution prevention through source reduction and have broad applicability in industry. EPA, working together with partners from industry, academia, the states, and other agencies of the federal government, solicited nominations for Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards last August. More than 80 nominations were reviewed by an independent panel of technical experts selected by the American Chemical Society. The recognition ceremony will be held on June 24 at the National Academy of Sciences.
“EPA is pleased to recognize the efforts by industry, the academia, and other organizations that are helping the nation to promote environmentally frie”