Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum is pleased to present their fifth annual conference, The Midwest Bioeconomy and Safer Products Summit: Regional Innovations Solving Global Problems, at the Minneapolis Central Library on Thursday, February 19th, 2015.

In its fifth year, the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum's premier event has expanded its focus to the greater Midwest, uniting the traditional green chemistry and bioeconomy sectors.

Strong manufacturing, retail, and human resources, supportive policies, abundant forestry and agriculture resources, and solid industries, companies and innovation make the Midwest well-positioned to be a leader in the bioeconomy. The market for products that are safer for humans and the environment has been growing at a rapid rate based on strong consumer and business demand. This growth will have broad economic impact in the Midwest.

The Midwest Bioeconomy and Safer Product Summit will examine green chemistry, innovation and sustainability initiatives and will provide lessons learned from market pioneers on getting ahead of the regulatory curve via product and brand innovation and from business entrepreneurs on commercializing biobased chemical production. The Summit will also provide the networking necessary to thrive in this new era of consumer goods and will bring together academics and legislators with nationally recognized consumer brands, manufacturers, retailers, regulators and green chemistry experts to provide the timeliest information on the rapidly evolving state, federal and international chemical legislation landscape.  

Kate Heiny, Director of Sustainability at Target will deliver a keynote address on Target’s journey to expand their selection of sustainable products through initiatives like the Target Sustainable Product Standard, Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability Summit and the Made to Matter collection. Jasper Schneider, Acting Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will also deliver a keynote on the state of the bioeconomy in the Midwest.


Registration is now open. Early Bird rates are no longer available for the Summit. Scroll to the bottom of this page to proceed with registration.

Where: Pohlad Hall (2nd level), Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicolett Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

When: Thursday, February 19th, 2015 (Full-day conference)*

*Following the conference, we will have an informal networking reception at The Local from 5pm until 6:30pm.

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Join us at the 2015 Summit to gain the latest information and network with professionals in the following areas:

  • Linking The Bioeconomy & Green Chemistry Production
  • Education & Business-Academic Partnerships
  • Tools for Business Regulation & Verification
  • Product Waste & End of Life
  • Phthalates: Science, Policy, & Safer Alternatives
  • Toxic Flame Retardants & Safer Alternatives

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