September 21, 2008

Duquesne Seminar to Address Cuts in Toxic Chemicals

Duquesne University will host a conference today that brings together scientists, business leaders and politicians to discuss how the chemical industry can -- and is -- designing products that eliminate the use of toxic substances.

Rachel Carson Homestead Association organized the conference, "Green Chemistry: Solutions for a Healthy Economy," which is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and feature keynote speaker Paul Anastas, a chemistry professor at Yale University.

Anastas, who helped create the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Chemistry Program, is known as the father of green chemistry -- or the manufacture of cleaning, cosmetic and other products that don't have a negative effect on health and the environment.

"This conference is about awareness-building and sharing information," said Patricia DeMarco, executive director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association. "It will be followed next year by four round-table discussions addressing the institutional barriers to making green chemistry mainstream."

Originally published by The Tribune-Review.

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