By David Constable, Science Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute®
We are delighted to see that U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reintroduced the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019 in early April. It was also encouraging to see a companion bill being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen John Moolenaar (R-MI) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL). Announcements about the Act may be found on Senator Coon’s webpage and Senator Collins’ webpage. A one-pager about the Act may also be found on Senator Coons’ webpage. Please do take a moment to familiarize yourself with this Act.
In Senator Coons’ words: “…The bipartisan Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act will create a cohesive vision for sustainable chemistry research and development, improve training and retraining of scientists and other professionals, and build new partnerships with the private sector. This is an exciting opportunity to maintain our scientific leadership and ensure the sustainability of our chemical enterprise for years to come.”
As some of you may know, attempts to pass a green or sustainable chemistry act in the U.S. Congress date back to 2005. It is critical for the green and sustainable chemistry community to mobilize and let your legislators know how important these Acts are to moving the U.S. towards a more sustainable future. Please let your legislators know that as a constituent, these Acts are important to you and worthy of their support!