Jul 23, 2010

The New Economic Frontier

We spoke with Dr. John Warner, considered one of the founding fathers of Green Chemistry, for some insight into his presentation coming up on August 4. “This is the new economic frontier,” Warner said. “Sustainability is a real consumer driver today and this region has the opportunity to be the Silicon Valley of nanotechnology.”

“Massachusetts is massively on the winning side of research grants,” Warner says, “but little of that is creating jobs.” The clear opportunity here is to develop a better collaboration between business and academia in this critical field.

Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use. (see 12 principles of Green Chemistry)

Dr Warner will provide the Sustainability Forum with a primer on Green Chem – its intrinsic importance to sustainability and its vast impact on materials, pollution, energy and health. But what may be of particular interest is Warner’s perspective on the tangible economics benefits available to local businesses here in our region.

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