Les McQuire

Will you see the Director of ACS Green Chemistry Institute speak at British embassy?

Discussion created by Les McQuire on May 7, 2009

The Spring Meeting of the Royal Society of Chemistry (U.S. Section) will be held at The British Embassy, Washington, D.C. on Saturday June 6, 2009. Our meetings at the Embassy are traditionally very popular and you are encouraged to reserve your place as soon as possible. 



The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and a bar, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. After dinner our speaker will be Dr. Robert Peoples of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute.  He will discuss the topic: Big Challenges, Big Green Chemistry Solutions, certain to be of interest to the members of the Section.  The meeting is expected to adjourn around 10 p.m.




Dress: Black Tie optional/encouraged




6:00pm              Social Hour and Networking Reception


Hors D' oeuvres

Salatini Misti, Pizzette Mini, Shrimp Cocktail

7:00pm              Dinner                                                        


Mixed Green, Dry Cranberry, Cherry Tomato and Walnut with vinaigrette dressing


Pasta Course


Basil  OR  Carbonara  OR  Risotto


Main Course


Vegetarian Stew


Roast Beef


Chicken Lemon



Gelato, Mixed mini pastries, Coffee


8:15 pm          Presentation:  “Big Challenges, Big Green Chemistry Solutions” Dr. Robert Peoples


There is a sustainability tsunami – the “going green” wave - that is sweeping the globe.  The view from space teaches us the earth is a small sphere, home to more than 6 billion people.  Science teaches us our fragile planet has limited resources and we have exceeded those limits in recent decades.  We will discuss the increasing demands for those limited resources and how green chemistry holds the key to a sustainable path forward.  Several global sustainability issues will be highlighted along with examples of real-world successful solutions to the challenging problems that surround these issues.  Note, if chemistry wasn’t your favorite subject in school, don’t worry – this will be a user-friendly discussion, not an esoteric chemistry lecture.


About our RSC-US Spring Meeting speaker: Dr. Robert Peoples


Robert Peoples, Ph.D., is Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute.  In this capacity, he drives the implementation of the principles of green chemistry across the global chemical enterprise.  Dr. Peoples has been a member of American Chemical Society (ACS) for 35 years, giving him valuable experience and insight into the chemical industry.  Immediately prior to becoming Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute, he served as Sustainability Director for the Carpet & Rug Institute, Executive Director of The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), and President of the Environmental Impact Group.


Preceding this position, Bob was Director of Carpet Sustainability and Market Development at Solutia, Inc., where he was actively involved in carpet recycling and negotiations that led to the formation of CARE and carpet-related health and indoor air quality issues. While there, he helped found the Board of Directors of CARE.


Bob was a member of the team that developed Monsanto’s patented, revolutionary stain blocker and fluorochemistry for the carpet industry.  Following this development, he led the technical team for the commercialization of Flectron, a new business for Monsanto in St. Louis where he spent three years in Advanced Performance Materials.  In 1992, he was appointed head of Carpet New Products in Pensacola, FL, and held several positions of increasing responsibility including Director of Nylon Technology.


In these various roles, Bob served to integrate a wide variety of initiatives that deal with sustainability on a national level.  His efforts spanned new business development, new product and technology development, technology licensing, and the creation and implementation of a unified national sustainable carpet standard.  In 2003, Bob was the first recipient of the Carpet America Recovery Effort “Person of the Year” award. He is an internationally recognized speaker in the areas of sustainability, standards, innovation, and carpet reclamation.


Dr. Peoples holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry from Montclair State University in New Jersey and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Purdue University.  He serves on several local and national boards including the Carpet America Recovery Effort, Georgia Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, and Green Standard.org.  He is a member of several organizations including the National Recycling Coalition, Society of Plastics Engineers, and the American Chemical Society.


Site Information & Directions:


Detailed directions to the hotel can be found at http://www.hotelmadera.com/.  The Hotel has parking ($20 per day with in and out privileges).


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