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Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances across the entire life cycle of a product, including its design, manufacture, and use. These concepts and approaches are complementary and frequently practiced together and are an essential aspect of pollution prevention (P2).

The “Green Chemistry Connection” is an online community of green chemistry practitioners and an information clearinghouse of resources to support their work. It is designed to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, and expertise on one easy-to-access and use web platform.

The overarching goal for the Green Chemistry Connection is to broaden the understanding and adoption of green chemistry practices and principles in business, education, government, health care, and society as a catalyst to growing a sustainable economy.

The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) developed this website using WordPress and administers and maintains the Network. It is funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™).  NEWMOA thanks the New England Green Chemistry Initiative (NEGCI) Steering Committee and Government Programs and Strategies Workgroup for their involvement and support with developing this Network.

Green Chemistry Connection members are encouraged to use the site to interact with each other and share information and resources. For detailed instructions on how to use the site’s features, visit the User Guide.  Features include:

  • Discussion Forum – share your comments and ideas or post questions for members of the site
  • Blogs – share your views, expertise, and experience
  • News – learn about what’s happening through news  that is compiled from multiple green chemistry sources
  • Events – post announcements about upcoming events and activities
  • Groups – join a sub-group to connect with other individuals interested in a green chemistry topic
  • Chat – connect in real-time with others currently logged-in to the site
  • Library – post useful information, including links to green chemistry websites, publications, videos, case studies, curriculum and training materials, promotional materials, resource lists, and links to businesses
  • Member Directory – identify organizations, companies, and academic researchers that are pursuing green chemistry
  • Social Media Sharing – share what’s going on at GreenChemConnect.org through other social networking sites, such as LinkedIn

Member Guidance

The Green Chemistry Connection is an online community of green chemistry practitioners – including federal, state, and local government officials; academic researchers; non-governmental organization staff; company representatives; consultants; researchers; vendors; and others.

Member Conduct

NEWMOA encourages all Green Chemistry Connection members to engage in the site through posting questions and content, initiating discussions, and providing commentary. We ask that all members maintain a professional decorum and respect other members.

Member Profile

Because this is a member-based Network, member profiles should be for individuals and not organizations or facilities. While highlighting the company, organization, or institution in which the members are involved is important, the site is designed to encourage one-to-one connections among individual members. Therefore, we ask that you join the Network as an individual and use your full name (first and last) and not abbreviations or other shorthand.

Member Photographs

Pictures allow people to make connections between a name and face and are an important part of professional social networking. Although member photos are preferred, if you do not want to use one, consider uploading your organization’s logo or another related image instead. A unique profile image can enhance your connections with other members and is visually more pleasing than the placeholder image that is used with new member accounts.

Collection Guidance

The Green Chemistry Connection focuses on topics related to green chemistry, including links to resources from other websites, news feeds, videos, blogs, HTML, and PDF documents.

Materials Selection

Most of the material included on this website comes from academic, business, governmental, and non-governmental organizations that work on green chemistry. Examples of materials that can be posted on Green Chemistry Connection include:

  • Announcements about upcoming events and activities;
  • Case studies;
  • Curriculum and training materials;
  • Descriptions of research projects;
  • Announcements about new green chemistries, processes, or technologies;
  • Discussion forums related to a particular practice, idea, or sector;
  • Groups to facilitate discussions on discrete topics;
  • Links to useful publications and websites;
  • Links to videos; and
  • Profiles of green chemistry award winners.

Materials De-selection

NEWMOA’s goal for Green Chemistry Connection is to maintain an up-to-date, well-balanced, useful, and reliable collection to support the information needs of its members. The content is continually evaluated in order to identify materials that have outlived their usefulness or for which no clear purpose is evident, so that these materials can be withdrawn from the collection.

Some examples of materials that should not be posted on GreenChemConnect.org include:

  • Advertisements for a particular product or service that are not accompanied by testimonials of that product or service in practice;
  • Success stories that lack information on what practices were implemented or how they were implemented; and
  • Videos that are marketing-only in nature and do not demonstrate sustainable practices or the implementation of sustainable practices.

Disclaimer

Please note that any mention of a company, program, product, or process on this site is not intended to be an endorsement by NEWMOA, NEWMOA-member states, or the U.S. EPA. The purpose of this site is to establish an online community of green chemistry practitioners to foster networking and increase access to resources to support their work. Users are asked not to promote specific products or services on this site.

The website was developed under Assistance Agreement No. 96147601 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA.

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