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

bullet-arrows.pngSpeakers include:

  • Debbie Raphael, Director at San Francisco Department of the Environment 
  • Bjorn Hanson, Head of the Chemicals, Biocides and Nanomaterials Unit at DG Environment of the European Commission 
  • Paul Ashford, Managing Director, Anthesis-Caleb
  • Meg Schwarzman, Research Scientist, Berkeley Centre for Green Chemistry
  • Thomas Berbner, Group Leader: Industrial Chemicals and Biocides, Dr. Knoell Consult GmbH
  • Lauren Heine, 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 
  • Margaret H. Whittaker, Managing Director & Chief Toxicologist, ToxServices LLC 
  • Meredith Williams, Deputy Director, Safer Products and Workplaces Program, DTSC 
  • Jen Jackson, San Francisco Department of the Environment 
  • Steve Whittaker, Public Health Researcher, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, Public Health, Seattle & King County
  • 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, Ecosystem 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
  • 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, 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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Session 1: Innovation & Market Drivers

08:45 Welcome

Debbie Raphael
Director at San Francisco Department of the Environment

08:55 Keynote address

Bjorn Hanson
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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 Alternatives assessment: panel discussion (including Q&A)

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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
Northwest Green Chemistry

Karl Palmer
Chief, Safer Consumer Products Branch, DTSC

Sally Edwards
Senior Research Associate, UMASS Lowell

10:55 Refreshments and networking

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

11:15 TSCA reform: What is it?
Panel discussion (including Q&A)

Andrew Homer
Senior Associate, Pillsbury Law

Corrie Plant
Counsel, Pillsbury Law

EPA [speaker tbc]

12:05 TSCA Reform: Challenges, opportunities and innovation.
Panel discussion (including Q&A)

Claudia Polsky
Director, Environmental Law Clinic & Assistant Clinical Professor, Berkeley Law

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

12:50 Lunch

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Session 3:  Update on and role of other US regulations

2:00 California Proposition 65: Moving Beyond Safe Harbour to Chemical Optimisation

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

2:30 California Safer Products Regulation update

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

3:00 Washington State and Oregon

Karl Palmer
Chief, Safer Consumer Products Branch, DTSC

3:30 Q&A

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3:45 Refreshments

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4:05 The role of municipalities in the US

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Jen Jackson
San Francisco Department of the Environment

Steve Whittaker
Public Health Researcher, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, Public Health, Seattle & King County

4:45 Regulation driving action

David Constable
Director, ACS - Green Chemistry Institute

5:15 Q&A

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5:30 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
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

11:35 Intro: Greener Solutions - working with industry

Tom McKeag
Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

11:55 Industry case studies

In this session (both pre- and post-lunch) we will have individual presentations from representatives of the various downstream sectors working towards achieving safer chemicals in products. Case studies include:

  • Textiles
  • Electronics
  • Retail
  • Healthcare 
  • Cleaning 

Anna Walker
Senior Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, 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

1:00 Lunch

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2:00 Session 5: Panel session: Industry case studies ctd’….

3:40 Refreshments

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4:00 Round Table Panel Discussion 

Panellists include:

Anna Walker
Senior Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, 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

4:45 The Imperative of Green Chemistry Invention for Safer Chemicals   

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John Warner
Warner Babcock Institute

5:15 Q&A

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5:30 Close of conference

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Prices:

Early bird rates (until 17 February 2017)

Chemical Watch subscribers - US$1285
Non-subscribers - US$1385 

Full rates (from 18 February 2017)

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

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

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