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Five Winners Receive the 2003 Presidental Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Release Date: 06/27/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

(06/27/03) In recognition of innovative technologies that prevent pollution at the source of manufacturing and industrial processes, EPA announced five winners 2003 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Green chemistry is the design of chemical and industrial processes that reduce or eliminate the use or release of hazardous substances. The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 established a national policy to reduce pollution at the source, one of the most effective means of reducing costly and complicated clean-up of pollutants. An independent panel of technical experts selected the five winners after reviewing more than 70 nominations:
  • Professor Richard Gross of Polytechnic University, Brooklyn N.Y., for the development of a new enzymatic method to create polyester products without using heavy metal catalysts.
  • AgraQuest, Inc., Davis, Calif., for developing Serenade®, a biologically-derived fungicide that can replace pesticides with heavy metals or chlorine.
  • Süd-Chemie, Inc., Louisville, Ky., for using green chemistry to make a catalyst for the synthesis of cleaner fuels and chemicals.
  • DuPont, Wilmingon, Del., for developing a process that uses renewable resources – like corn -- instead of toxic petrochemicals to create 1,3-propanediol, the key building block for several DuPont textile apparel, carpeting and packaging products.
  • Shaw Carpet, Inc., Dalton, Ga., for developing EcoWorx™ carpet system that makes nylon carpet tiles with carpet backing that is lighter, recyclable and free of urethane, polyvinylchlorides, and plasticizers.
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