The Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum is committed to fostering a common understanding among businesses, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia to advance green chemistry practice and policy in Minnesota and nationally.
Green Chemistry is the the design, development and implementation of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of substances hazardous to human health and the environment. An important aspect of green chemistry is the design of chemical products to be fully effective, yet have little or no toxicity.
Green chemistry holds promise for creating new economic opportunities, while protecting public health and the environment. About 4.2 million jobs in the U.S. are directly or indirectly linked to chemical production. A growing sector of the chemical industry is using greener chemistry to reduce these risks, while making quality, effective products. This sector is alive and growing in Minnesota.
Our goals are to:
- Build momentum and create awareness for green chemistry by highlighting existing leadership, best practices and innovations in green chemistry by Minnesota businesses.
- Capitalize on and invest in current green chemistry activities and incubate new business models/ideas.
- Promote a healthy business environment for green chemistry in Minnesota by providing incentives for research and development, advocating for including green chemistry in academic curricula and supporting consumer education in “cleantech.”