GreenUp: 2012 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference a Success!

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By Jennifer Acevedo, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The 2012 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference brought over 130 people together on October 26th at Wayne State University to discuss advancing and sustaining green products and processes in Michigan.

Conference proceedings and information about Michigan’s Green Chemistry Program are available on the Web at

With a theme of “driving sustainable manufacturing”, keynote speakers Carrie Majeske from Ford Motor Company and Bob Peoples (pictured left), former director of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute, provided inspiration and specific examples of the power of green chemistry. Photography by Jim Klein,

In addition to nine technical breakout sessions, conference participants enjoyed poster presentations from future leaders. This year’s Student Poster Award went to Elvan Sari from Wayne State University for her work on green diesel production. Photography by Jim Klein,

Bryce Feighner, DEQ discussing bio-based products with 7th graders from Ecotek Labs. Photography by Darlene Harris, DEQ

Mike Rogers from the Small Business Association of Michigan interviewing Director Wyant at the GreenUp Conference.

4th Annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards Presentation

The Michigan Green Chemistry Governor Awards recognize advances that either incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture or use, or promote activities that support or implement those technologies. Awards are open to individuals, groups and organizations, both nonprofit and for profit, including academia, educators, nonprofit advocacy groups and industry. Two winners were recognized this year for innovations in the movement toward safer and more sustainable chemical products and processes.

ACADEMIC WINNER: Dr. Vijay Mannari of Eastern Michigan University– Sustainable and Advanced Coatings Materials Based on Soybean Oil

BUSINESS WINNER: The Dow Chemical Company– Dow Polymeric Flame Retardant

Governor Award winners with Director Wyant. From L to R – Chris Bloom-Dow, Ted Morgan-Dow, Director Wyant, and Vijay Mannari-Eastern Michigan University. Photography by Darlene Harris, DEQ

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