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Membership Meeting November 18, 2003

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The Richland Section's final membership meeting of the year will be held on November 18, at the Bookwalter Winery in Richland. The meeting will feature recognition of 50-yeam members Jack Ryan and John Swanson, as well as recognizing the many volunteers who give of their time and energies to support the Section and the goals of the ACS. The member recognition, as well as a wine and cheese social, will start at 6:30 PM.

At 7:30 the feature speaker, Dr. Lauren Heine, Director of Applied Science at GreenBlue in Charlottesville, Virginia, will present "Green Chemistry: Challenges & Opportunities for All Chemistry in the Twenty-first Century."

About the talk: Green Chemistry or environmentally benign chemical syntheses and processing will provide chemists in the 21st Century a unique and golden opportunity to play a central role in making sustainable development a reality. Sustainability is the concept where one generation in society moves forward in a manner that leaves neither the economy nor the environment any worse off - and perhaps even improves both - for succeeding generations. Industrial ecology or the science of sustainability provides the frame work within which pollution prevention, design for the environment, and green chemistry will operate. Green chemistry is central to implementing this systems approach for development based on the ecological model from the natural world. The recent articulation of the 7 dimensions of eco-efficiency by Livio DeSimone, CEO - 3M and Frank Popoff, Dow Chemical Co., as co-chairs of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, lays out the extent of the challenge to the next generation of chemists and engineers.

This presentation will cover opportunities for chemists to participate in the global dialogue underway on sustainability, including activities of the American Chemical Society's Committee on Environmental Improvement, the Organization of Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD), and IUPAC's CHEMical Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN). It will identify information distribution mechanisms (WWW sites and e-mail list servers), describe collaborative university-industry-government research activities, seek input on a new ACS-EPA Green Chemistry education materials development project, and review the extensive list of conferences, symposia, and workshops scheduled in the USA, Europe, and Asia. All of these provide chemists the venues to participate in this highly charged, energetic, and important area of chemistry.

About the speaker: Prior to becoming Director of Applied Science at GreenBlue (www.greenblue.org) in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. Lauren Heine served as Director of Green Chemistry and Engineering for the Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA) in Portland, OR. At ZWA she worked with organizations to apply the principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering to their operations to eliminate waste and toxics and become more economically and environmentally sustainable. These projects have resulted in improved environmental performance accompanied by many hundreds of thousands of dollars of economic benefits. Dr. Heine has also served as a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Industrial Chemicals Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. In this capacity she worked with the Green Chemistry Program, promoting research and development of products and processes that have benign human and environmental health impacts. Her connections with the Green Chemistry Program and as senior editor for two American Chemical Society Symposium Series books entitled Green Chemical Syntheses and Processes and Green Engineering make her a resource for facilitating technical innovation in businesses desiring to enhance their environmental performance. Dr. Heine has taught chemistry labs at Bowdoin College, and worked with the Water Resources Division at the U.S. Geological Survey and as an independent consultant. Dr. Heine earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.

As mentioned earlier, the member recognition and a social hour will start at 6:30. Dr. Heine's talk will follow at 7:30 PM. Bookwalter Winery is located at 894 Tulip Lane in Richland. If you have any questions, or would like to have dinner with Dr. Heine before the wine and cheese social, please contact Sam Bryan; (509)376-6949.

 

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