Green Chemistry Case Studies
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm EDT – 3:00 pm EDT

Washing Systems: Phosphate Reduction in Detergents

Washing Systems has an on-going commitment to protecting the environment and conserving our natural resources. We embarked on this goal in 2005 when we voluntarily decided to remove nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) from our laundry detergents. Our new line of detergents, Pure Solutions, was introduced in 2007, which are NPE free and meet the demanding cleaning performance and economic requirements of industrial launderers. Our Pure Solutions line, which now consists of six detergents, first attained Design for the Environment (DfE) Approval beginning in 2008. We have successfully converted 100% of our customers to these environmentally friendly products in early 2013. We were able to achieve this success because the products are the same cost for the customer with similar or improved wash quality, required zero infrastructure conversion, and could be applied at the same usage as those they were replacing. Customers were still able to achieve increased production through the use of shortened cycle times while at the same time reducing their energy consumption by an average of 15% and water consumption by an average of 15%.

Emery Oleochemicals: Safer Solutions: Cotton Defoliation via a Fatty Acid Soap

For more than 170 years, Emery Oleochemicals has produced natural-based chemicals from renewable oils and fats. Currently, the Agro Green Business Platform is focused on value-added derivative products, including acquired licenses to herbicide and insect control technologies that are based on fatty acid chemistry. One of the researched applications was ammonium nonanoate, a non-selective contact herbicide, as a pre-harvest defoliant for cotton, which is traditionally a crop with high pesticide usage. Concentrations as low as 9% v/v a.i. (active ingredient) produced similar results to the currently used materials. These results give growers, including organic cotton growers, another option in their program.

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Apr 14 @ 9:00 am EDT – Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm EDT

The second annual Green Tourism Conference will build on the momentum started last year around the common cause of promoting eco-tourism throughout the Catskill and Pocono Mountain Regions. Food service businesses, lodging facilities, tourism agencies, “eco” product suppliers and recreational activity businesses are invited to attend.   Through collaboration, the conference seeks to increase revenue for the hospitality industry and supporting businesses across the region.

Registrants will be entitled to attend Monday’s opening reception, entry to the exhibit hall, Tuesday’s round-tables, workshops and luncheon. On Monday afternoon attendees are given a choice of hospitality certificate trainings to attend.

Visit the Green Tourism Conference Web site to find out more and to register for this informative event.


Meeting Flammability Requirements for Commercial Buildings & Construction
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm EDT – Apr 16 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Pinfa NA and The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable are sponsoring this event to present trends in the building and construction industry that will affect the choice of flame retardants and building material solutions. Attendees will hear from building materials OEMs, architects, regulatory experts and solutions providers regarding needs in the changing commercial building and construction industry.

An introduction to the latest developments in flame retardant technologies will be presented on the opening afternoon. A primer course on fire retardants, flame retardant materials and the most important industry fire test methods will also be presented. The conference will continue with presentations from experts in the construction field regarding environmental, regulatory and testing requirements as well as advanced manufacturing and materials technologies.

Who Should Attend:
OEMs; Designers; Manufacturing; Market Development; Supply Chain; Regulatory, Green Chemistry & Building Organizations

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
105 N Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
(on Tampa Bay, near Tampa International Airport)

Event information and online registration are now available.



An Introduction to the Green Chemistry Connection
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm EDT – 3:00 pm EDT


Join us for an introduction to the Green Chemistry Connection, an online community of green chemistry practitioners and an information clearinghouse.

This webinar will provide a demonstration of the website and review of its features, including:

  • Discussion forums for sharing ideas or posting questions
  • News compiled from multiple sources
  • Announcements about upcoming events and activities
  • Notices about jobs
  • Groups for connecting with members interested in a particular topic
  • Library of links to green chemistry websites, publications, videos, case studies, curriculum and training materials, promotional materials, and resource lists
  • A Member Directory of organizations, companies, and academic researchers
  • Social media sharing through other social networking sites, such as LinkedIn

Register online today!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

ENERGY STAR Tools for Industry
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm EDT – 3:00 pm EDT

Improving plant energy performance with ENERGY STAR

Energy Star LogoFor over 15 years, the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR for Industry program has worked with manufacturing sectors and companies to develop effective energy management tools and resources that drive savings. The focus of these tools is helping companies build stronger energy programs that support strategic energy management initiatives and finding no and low cost savings opportunities.

Recently ENERGY STAR has been exploring new ways to engage small and medium sized manufactures through local and regional networks. Southside Plant Performance, which was held in Danville, VA, is one example of how ENERGY STAR worked with a group of local manufacturers. This initiative helped the participating companies quickly identify energy savings opportunities while laying the foundations for better energy management practices.

On this webinar, Walt Tunnessen, National Program Manager of the ENERGY STAR Industrial program, will discuss the results of the Southside Plant Performance project and how the Plant Performance with ENERGY STAR approach can be replicated.


Please register for ENERGY STAR Tools for Industry today!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2015 Southwest Florida Sustainability Summit @ Harborside Event Center
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am EDT – 4:30 pm EDT

The 2015 Southwest Florida Sustainability Summit is April 30, 2015 and will showcase environmentally sustainable practices for business owners and community leaders in Southwest Florida. Attendees will have access to vendors and exhibitors who provide the means to implement new effective and sustainable programs that save money. They will also be able to attend special presentations and panel discussions, learn why sustainability is important to business and discover how to incorporate easy practices to save money.

Visit the SWFL Sustainability Summit Web site for more information and to register.



The SWFL Sustainability event is planned and organized by Visaggio Community Consulting in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

This event has been approved to offer 6 AICP/CM Credits.

2015 North Carolina ESI Members Meeting
May 14 @ 9:00 am EDT – 3:00 pm EDT

Link to NC ESI websiteThe 2015 Environmental Stewardship Initiative Annual Members Meeting has been rescheduled for May 14th at the Nature Research Center in downtown Raleigh.

This meeting is a great opportunity to network with other ESI members and helpful DENR staff to further your environmental goals. We will be hearing from three of our new Stewards about their success stories to achieve this prestigious status. We will also be presenting certificates, plaques, and other recognitions to new partners and renewals. And of course, we will have our Steward member Q&A panel.

Register by May 8th to attend this engaging and informative event.


A&WMA 108th Annual Conference & Exhibition @ Raleigh Convention Center
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am EDT – Jun 25 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Air and Waste Management Association Conference Logo

Connecting the Dots: Environmental Quality to Climate

Join the Air & Waste Management Association for our 108th Annual Conference & Exhibition on June 22-25, 2015 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This “must-attend” conference will feature a technical program boasting over 400 speakers, 70 technical and student posters, more than 100 exhibitors displaying the latest products and services, social tours and networking events, and professional development courses taught by leading instructors.

Top reasons to attend!

  1. Premier Technical Program
  2. Exhibition
  3. Professional Development Courses
  4. Networking


Find out more about being a part of a global conversation that will drive environmental progress!

Registration will open in January 2015.