Presentation time: 

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

A. Meeting Consumer Demand for Safer Chemicals in the Supply Chain
There is a growing concern and awareness that certain chemicals within consumer products have the potential to cause adverse health effects.  Retailers and manufacturers are looking to meet the growing demand for more sustainable product choices while saving money, minimizing risk and encouraging more product innovation.  This session will highlight strategies for assuring safer supply chains, featuring manufacturer, retailer and consumer perspectives.

Moderator: Todd Mitchell, General Manager LabOps Division, PACE Analytical

Workshop Speakers:

  • Keith Miller, Sustainability Strategic Advisor, 3M (manufacturer perspective)
  • Kathleen Schuler, Co-Director, Healthy Legacy (consumer perspective)
  • Melissa McLean, Manager of Sustainability, Target (retail perspective)


B. Accelerating Research, Education and Technology Transfer
Nowhere else in the green chemistry economy is the supply and demand relationship as critically important as it is in technology and training.  This is the place where dreams and ideas are forged into reality.  This panel will explore the successes and ongoing challenges of developing and transferring green technology into products and jobs, and educating the green chemists of the future to prepare them to help lead the way.

Moderator: Dr. Mary Kirchhoff, Education Division Director, American Chemical Society

Workshop Speakers:

  • Dr. Jay Schrankler, Executive Director, University of Minnesota Office for Technology Commercialization 
  • Brian Garhofer, President and CEO, The Actives Factory
  • Alexandra Jones, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Saint Catherine University


C. Leading in Feedstock Innovation – “Locally and Sustainably Grown, Including What has been Thrown”
Bio-based materials have great potential for bringing economic development to agriculture and forest based economies and for reducing adverse environmental and public health impacts. Session presenters will talk about feedstocks that are being converted into valuable products and energy, as well as some of the opportunities to support more sustainability in feedstock production and use in the bio-based sectors.

Moderator: Jim Kleinschmit, Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Workshop Speakers:

  • Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, Fiberight
  • Matt Rudolf, Business Development & Americas Director, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Mike Reese, Director of Renewable Energy, West Central Research & Outreach Center