Safer Chemicals in Products 2017

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This annual event from Chemical Watch, offers an up-to-the-minute view on achieving safer chemicals in products. Drawing on examples of best practices and the lessons learned from existing approaches (including those from both TSCA and state level)  this event looks at the interplay between regulation and safer chemicals, together with the business benefits of progressive safe chemicals management through the supply chain.

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The program features a review of the latest work being done on the assessment of alternatives to high-risk chemicals, highlighting the current thinking on substitution and alternatives assessment from the US and Europe. The conference will end with case studies from downstream industry sectors including textiles, retail, electronics, healthcare and cleaning products.

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27-28 March 2017, San Francisco, USA

Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, 2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA, T: +1 415 362 5500

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  • Debbie Raphael, Director at San Francisco Department of the Environment 
  • Bjorn Hansen,Head of Unit, Sustainable Chemicals, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Paul Ashford, Managing Director, Anthesis-Caleb
  • Edwin Bisinger, ‎Regional PSRA Manager Americas, AkzoNobel
  • Meg Schwarzman, Research Scientist, Berkeley Centre for Green Chemistry
  • Thomas Berbner, Group Leader: Industrial Chemicals and Biocides, Dr. Knoell Consult GmbH
  • Lauren Heine, Executive Director, Northwest Green Chemistry
  • Karl Palmer, Chief, Safer Consumer Products Branch, DTSC
  • Sally Edwards, Senior Research Associate, UMASS Lowell
  • Andrew Homer, Senior Associate, Pillsbury Law 
  • Corrie Plant, Counsel, Pillsbury Law 
  • Claudia Polsky, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
  • Nicholas A. Ashford, Professor of Technology and Policy, School of Engineering, MIT
  • Margaret H. Whittaker, Managing Director & Chief Toxicologist, ToxServices LLC 
  • Meredith Williams, Deputy Director, Safer Products and Workplaces Program, DTSC 
  • Steve Whittaker, Toxicologist, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, King County
  • Jen Jackson, Toxics Reduction Program Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment
  • David Constable, Director, ACS - Green Chemistry Institute
  • Beth Rattner, Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute
  • Martin J. Mulvihill, Ph.D., Partner at Safer Made, Entrepreneur in residence at Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
  • Geoff Eisenberg, PrincipalEcosystem Integrity Fund
  • Brian Furey, Technical Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Consumer Products, Rivertop Renewables
  • Tom McKeag, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
  • Anna Walker, Senior Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Levi Strauss & Co
  • Linda Gallegos, R&D Researcher, Levi Strauss & Co
  • Doug Smith, Director of Corporate Environment, Safety and Health, Sony Electronics
  • Bill Pease, Chief Scientist Supply Chain & Sustainability, UL
  • Vanessa Lochner, Director, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, Kaiser Permanente
  • Kathryn Page, Toxicologist, The Clorox Company
  • John Warner, President & CTO, Warner Babcock Institute

Day 1 - 27 March 2017

08:15 Coffee and registration

Day 1 Chair: Debbie Raphael
Director at San Francisco Department of the Environment

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08:45 Welcome

Debbie Raphael
Director at San Francisco Department of the Environment

08:55 Keynote address

Bjorn Hansen
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Session 1: Innovation & Market Drivers

09:25 How companies are sharing information across supply chains, including CBI issues. Supply chain communication and transparency: US vs EU

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Paul Ashford
Managing Director, Anthesis-Calebr

09.55 Using Green Chemistry & safer alternatives: industry perspective

Edwin Bisinger
Regional PSRA Manager Americas, AkzoNobel

10.25 Q&A

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10.40 Refreshments

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11:00 Panel discussion: How to achieve best practice in Alternatives Assessment

Our panel will discuss how approaches to alternatives assessment are being used to address chemical safety issues in supply chains. It will address how companies are working to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances in their products to ensure best practice and minimise liabilities and the chance of business disruption.

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Chair: Meg Schwarzman
Research Scientist, Berkeley Centre for Green Chemistry

People - Tomas-Berbner

Thomas Berbner
Group Leader: Industrial Chemicals and Biocides, Dr. Knoell Consult GmbH

Lauren Heine
Executive Director, Northwest Green Chemistry

Karl Palmer
Chief, Safer Consumer Products Branch, DTSC

Sally Edwards
Senior Research Associate, UMASS Lowell

12:15 Lunch

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Session 2:  The Opportunities & Challenges for Innovation under TSCA Reform

1:15 TSCA reform: What is it?
Panel discussion (including Q&A)

Andrew Homer
Senior Associate, Pillsbury Law

Corrie Plant
Counsel, Pillsbury Law

Jeff Morris
Office Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2:05 TSCA Reform: Challenges, opportunities and innovation.
Panel discussion (including Q&A)

Claudia Polsky
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

Nicholas A. Ashford
Professor of Technology and Policy, School of Engineering, MIT

2:50 Refreshments

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Session 3:  Update on and role of other US regulations

3:10 California Proposition 65: Moving Beyond Safe Harbour to Chemical Optimisation

Margaret H. Whittaker
Managing Director & Chief Toxicologist, ToxServices LLC

3:40 Safer Consumer Products: California. The national & international context and future directions for the program

Meredith Williams
Deputy Director, Safer Products and Workplaces Program, DTSC

Mike Wilson
Director of the Occupational and Environmental Health, BlueGreen Alliance

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4:20 The role of municipalities in the US

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Jen Jackson
Toxics Reduction Program Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Steve Whittaker
Toxicologist, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, King County

5:00 Q&A
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5:15 Regulation driving action

David Constable
Director, ACS - Green Chemistry Institute

5:45 Q&A

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6:00 Close of Day One

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Day 2 - 28 March 2017

Day 2 Chair:

Paul Ashford
Managing Director, Anthesis-Caleb

09:00 Keynote address

Beth Rattner 
Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute

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Session 4:  The role of venture capital in Green Chemistry & Innovation

09:40 What are funders looking for and how can they help to drive innovation

Martin J. Mulvihill
Ph.D., Partner at Safer Made, Entrepreneur in residence at Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

10:10 The role of B-Corps in the USA

Geoff Eisenberg
Principal Ecosystem Integrity Fund

10:40 Case Study

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Brian Furey
Technical Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Consumer Products, Rivertop Renewables

11:00 Q&A

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11:15 Refreshments

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Session 5: Panel session: Industry case studies

It’s not easy to obtain information on the chemical ingredients of many products, and the potential hazards they present. It is common for midstream and downstream users to struggle to obtain the critical information they need to assess and manage risks as information can be unavailable, unclear, or lost in the supply chain. In this session, speakers will talk about the different chemical information needs, and how to overcome the challenges faced in obtaining that information.  

11:35 Intro: Greener Solutions - working with industry

Tom McKeag
Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

12:00 Industry case study: Electronics

Doug Smith
Director of Corporate Environment, Safety and Health, Sony Electronics

2:25 Industry case study: Retail

Bill Pease
Chief Scientist Supply Chain & Sustainability, UL

12:50 Q&A
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1:05 Lunch
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2:05 Industry case study: Textiles

Anna Walker
Senior Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Levi Strauss & Co

Linda Gallegos
R&D Researcher, Levi Strauss & Co

2.30 Industry case study: Healthcare

Vanessa Lochner
Director, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, Kaiser Permanente

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2:25 Q&A

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3:30 Industry case study: Cleaning products

Kathryn Page
Toxicologist, The Clorox Company

3:55 Industry case study: Furniture

Judy Levin
Pollution Prevention Director, Center for Environmental Health

4:20 Q&A

4:30 Inventing Green Chemistry Products at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry.

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John Warner
President & CTO, Warner Babcock Institute

5:15 Close of conference

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Prices:

Chemical Watch subscribers - US$1485
Non-subscribers - US$1585 

NGO/ Government employees/ Academia - US$500 (two-day rate)

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