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Message from the Director - Closing the Loop with Green Chemistry

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With the ACS National Meeting receding in the rearview mirror, we are rapidly accelerating toward the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference/9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry in just over six weeks! The ACS Spring National Meeting in Orlando featured outstanding green chemistry programming across multiple divisions, including sessions on “Innovative Green Chemistry: Striving Toward Zero Waste API Manufacturing,” “Green Chemistry Student Chapters: Stories of Success,” and “UN Sustainable Development Goals: Unique Opportunities for the Chemical Enterprise.” In addition, ACS GCI recognized more than 70 ACS student chapters for their green chemistry activities. Congratulations to this year’s Green Chemistry Student Chapters!

It has been a pleasure working with Joan Brennecke of the University of Texas at Austin and Philip Jessop of Queen’s University, Canada, to organize the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in conjunction with the 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry. We invite you to join hundreds of scientists and engineers in Reston, Virginia from June 11-13 to share your research, network with colleagues, and learn about the latest developments in green chemistry and engineering. April 30th is the last day for early bird registration—so register today to help close the loop on the chemical life cycle.

Related to the theme of this year’s conference is the upcoming Chemical Sciences Roundtable workshop on “Closing the Loop on the Plastics Dilemma,” which will be held at the National Academies Keck Center in Washington, DC on May 9-10. Our friend and colleague Eric Beckman of the University of Pittsburgh is the keynote speaker at this workshop, which features sessions on mechanical recycling, chemical and biological recycling, and designing plastics for the future. Abstracts for the poster session are being accepted through today, April 26.

Finally, we are looking forward to joining the U.S. EPA in honoring the winners of the 2019 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards with a ceremony and reception starting at 5 p.m. on June 10 at EPA in Washington, DC. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend this event!