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     We hope you’ve been enjoying the improvements we’ve made in our website over the past several months, and there are several still to come, including soon completing the posting of all of GLGN’s webinars  since our very first one in 2008.  We will also be populating our resources tab with a number of useful reports and articles conveniently located now all in one place.

     The cost of this update stretched our budget a little farther than anticipated and we’re turning to you to help us make up the difference. As you know, we operate on what can generously be called a shoestring budget and a lot of donated hours – your contributions are tax deductible and hugely appreciated!




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The Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network

The Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse

July Webinar

WEDNESDAY

JULY 23, 2014

3 pm EDT ** 2 pm  CDT ** Noon PDT

 “Improving the Value Proposition:

Greener Products and Processes in the Auto Industry”

A WEBINAR BY THE INDUSTRY WORK GROUP OF THE MICHIGAN GREEN CHEMISTRY ROUNDTABLE:

RICH  HELLING,  The Dow Chemical Company

SELAMAWIT BELLI,  Dow Automotive Systems

JOHN BRADBURN, GM

CLINTON BOYD, Steelcase, Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse

TRACEY EASTHOPE, Ecology Center

CHRIS AFFELDT, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

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Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/474911408

This presentation will showcase the business case for green chemistry in the auto industry. Through the use of case studies, the webinar illustrates not only innovative green chemistry solutions in the auto sector, but also the value and need for different types of collaborations and tools.

Green Chemistry and Engineering means efficiently creating safer products and processes through engineering and material innovation. Safer products and processes are a key value proposition for business and can drive regional economic development. For a manufacturing facility, greener chemistry and engineering practices can yield costs savings in reduced energy and materials. For product development, greener chemistry and engineering can lead to new sources of revenue and quality improvements with more sustainable products and new performance characteristics.

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Wednesday
August 6, 2014
3 PM EDT – 2 PM CDT – 12 NOON PDT
“Transitioning to Safer Chemicals:
OSHA’s Toolkit for Employers and Workers”

JESSICA SCHIFANO

Jessica Schifano

Health Scientist, US Department of Labor
Occupational Health and Safety  Administration

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Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/581717520

While establishing occupational exposure limits (OELs) for hazardous chemicals helps to reduce workers’ risk of adverse health effects, the process can be costly, data intensive, time consuming, and frequently under-protective.  Proactive, preventative approaches that drive the elimination of chemical hazards at the source and promote the development and adoption of safer alternatives are needed to complement OELs in order to protect workers from the many hazardous chemicals used in occupational settings.  OSHA’s Toolkit for Transitioning to Safer Chemicals (http://www.osha.gov/dsg/safer_chemicals) outlines a systematic process for understanding and evaluating chemical use, identifying and assessing alternatives, and implementing those alternatives that are safer.  This presentation will provide an introduction to the toolkit, highlighting existing methods, tools, databases, and guidance that can help achieve chemical use that is safer for workers and better for business.