United States        Office of Pollution       EPA744-K-98-001
             Environmental Protection    Prevention and Toxics     June 1998
             Agency           (7406)           wimepa.govfdocs/gcc
vvEPA      The Presidential
             Green Chemistry Challenge
             Awards Program
             Nomination Package for
             1999 Awards
           Closing Date: December 31, 1998

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The Presidential Green Chemistry
Challenge Awards Program:
Nomination Package for  1999 Awards
 Scope of the Program	1

 Scope Focus Areas	1

 Selection Criteria	2

 Award Categories	3

 How to Enter	3

Judging Entries	5

 Notification of Winners 	5

 Additional Information 	5

 Footnotes	5

 Sample Cover Page .		6

 Award Nomination Checklist 	7


The Presidential  Green Chemistry
Challenge  Awards  Program
Nomination Package for 1999 Awards
 X ognize and promote fundamental and innovative chemical methods that
accomplish pollution prevention through source reduction and that  have
broad  applicability in  industry. For the purposes  of this program, green
chemistry is defined as "the use of chemistry for source reduction." Source
reduction is the highest tier of the risk management hierarchy as described
in the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. * Green chemistry involves a reduc-
tion in or elimination of the use or generation of hazardous materials, includ-
ing feedstocks, reagents, solvents, products, and byproducts, from a chemical
process. Green chemistry encompasses all aspects and types of chemical
processes, including synthesis, catalysis, analysis, monitoring, separations
and reaction conditions, that reduce impacts on human health and the  envi-
ronment relative to the current state of the art.

was established to recognize technologies that incorporate the principles of
green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use. The evaluation
of the new technology's impact will include considerations of the health and
environmental effects throughout the technology's lifecycle with a recogni-
tion that incremental improvements are necessary.

open to all individuals, groups,  and organizations,  both nonprofit and for
profit,  including academia,  government, and industry. The nominated  green
chemistry technology must have reached a significant milestone within the past 5 years
in the  United  States (e.g.,  been researched, demonstrated, implemented,  applied,
patented, etc.).

   This nomination package contains concise instructions on how to enter the
competition. Entries must be postmarked no later than December 31, 1998.
Awards will be presented in spring or summer  1999, in Washington, DC.
Iominated green chemistry technologies should be an example of one or
more of the following three focus areas:
   1.   The use of alternative synthetic pathways for green chem-
        istry, such as:
        •   Catalysis/biocatalysis.
        •   Natural processes, such as photochemistry and biomimetic syn-
        •   Alternative feedstocks that are more innocuous and renewable
            (e.g., biomass).

   2.   The use of alternative reaction conditions for green chem-
        istry, such as:
        •   Use of solvents that have a reduced impact on human health
            and the environment.
                                                                         Scope of the
Scope Focus Areas

Selection Criteria
        •  Increased selectivity and reduced wastes and emissions.
   3.    The design of chemicals that are, for example,
        •  Less toxic than current alternatives.
        •  Inherently safer with regard to accident potential.

    Green chemistry  technologies  nominated for an award will be judged
    based on whether they meet the following criteria (where applicable):

   1.  The nominated chemistry technology must fall within the scope of
      the program and at least one of the focus areas.

   2.  The nominated chemistry technology should offer human health
      and/or environmental benefits. The technology might, for example:

      •  Reduce toxicity (acute or chronic), illness or injury, flammability,
          explosion potential, emissions or other releases, transport of haz-
          ardous substances, or  use of hazardous substances in reaction

      •  Improve usage of natural resources, such as renewable feedstocks.

      •  Enhance  biodiversity.

   3.  The nominated chemistry  technology should be generally applica-
      ble to a large and broad-based segment of chemical manufacturers,
      users, or society at large. The nominated technology should offer at
      least the following:

      •  A realistic approach to green chemistry.

      •  A remedy to a real environmental management problem.

      •  Features  that can be transferred readily to other facilities, loca-
          tions, and industry sectors.

   4. The nominated chemistry technology should be innovative and of
      scientific merit. The technology should be, for example:

      •  Original  (i.e., never employed before).

      •  Scientifically valid. That is, can the nominated technology or
          strategy stand up to scientific scrutiny through peer review? Has
          the  mechanism of action been thoroughly  elucidated through
          sound scientific research?

   The judging panel will  look for as much detail (nonproprietary) as possi-
ble about the  nominated  technology. Specifics of the chemistry, including
comparisons to an existing technology, toxicity data, quantities of hazardous
substances being reduced  or eliminated, degree of implementation in com-
merce,  and other technical, human health, environmental, and economic
benefits, will both assist the judging panel in evaluating your nomination and
enhance the prospects of your nomination winning.

  A  pproximately five awards will be made. One award will be made to each
./~\.of the following:

    •  A small business2 for a project in any of the scope focus areas.

    •  An academic institution for a project in any of the scope focus areas.

    •  Any sponsor for a project in focus area 1 (the use of alternative syn-
       thetic pathways for green chemistry).

    •  Any sponsor for a project in focus area 2 (the use of alternative reac-
       tion conditions for green chemistry).

    •  Any sponsor for a project in focus area 3 (the design of chemicals for
       green chemistry).
O elf-nominations are allowed and expected. There is no entry fee and no
O standard entry form, but certain requirements must be met. Entrants must
submit a typed, single-spaced report that is no longer  than  eight pages,
written  in  12-point  type  on SVa-by-ll-inch paper with 1-inch margins.
Submissions longer than eight pages total will not be accepted.

   The report must include the following:

    1.  A one-page cover sheet with a project title followed by the complete
       names (with titles),  addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, and
       e-mail addresses  (if available) of the following individuals or organi-

       M  Prime sponsor (individual or organization that owns the project
          or, in the case of academic projects, is the principal investigator).

       •  Contact person(s) (individual who is responsible for communi-
          cations with the awards program sponsors). For academic nomi-
          nations, the contact will likely be the principal investigator. For
          government and industrial nominations, the contact will likely be
          a project manager or other technical representative.  Industrial
          nominations should also include a public relations contact.

       •  Contributor(s)  (individual  or organization that provided finan-
          cial or technical support for project development or implementa-

   2. The cover sheet should be followed by a page containing the follow-
      ing information:

      •  Project title.

      •  Statement affirming that  the nominated technology  has  been
          researched, demonstrated, implemented, and/or applied in the
          United States  within the past 5 years.
Award Categories
    How to Enter

      •  Statement indicating whether the nominated technology is eligi-
         ble for either the small business or academic award.

      •  Statement indicating within  which of the three focus areas the
         nominated project can be categorized. (If the nominated technol-
         ogy falls within more than one focus area, a primary focus area
         should be designated.)

      •  A  technical  abstract not to exceed  200 words  that briefly
         describes the nominated project.

   3.  The third page should  consist of a one-page executive summary of
      the nominated project. Please repeat the project tide on this page.

   4.  The remaining five pages can be used to detail how the nominated
      project meets the selection criteria. Explain the following:

      •   How the technology meets  the scope and focus  area(s) of the
          Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge program.

      •   All human health and/or environmental benefits of the technology.

      •   How the technology is applicable  to industry and society.

      •   How the technology is innovative and of scientific merit.

      (Some criteria might not apply to every nominated project. Such
      instances should be indicated where appropriate.)

   There is no limit on the number of entries that may be submitted by one
sponsor. Each project, however,  must be nominated as a separate entry with
a separate project report.

   All entries received  will  be considered public information. No material
will be returned. Program sponsors are not responsible for lost or damaged

   An original hard copy of the report; four double-sided photocopies; and
an electronic copy on a 3V2-inch computer disk clearly labeled with the com-
puter format (IBM or Apple), software used, and file name(s) must be post-
marked no later than December 31, 1998, and mailed to:

       Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge
       Attn: Tracy Williamson
       U.S. Environmental Protection  Agency
       401 M Street, SW.
       East Tower Room 338
       Mail Code 7406
       Washington, DC 20460

A     panel of technical experts selected by the American Chemical Society
     will judge the entries. These experts might include members of the sci-
 entific, industrial, governmental, educational, and environmental communi-
 ties. To assure fairness, judges will compare  entries only with others in the
 same  award category. Judges  may request verification of any  chemistry
 described or claims made in entries that are selected as finalists. The judges
 will select the chemistry projects or programs that best meet the selection
 criteria as award recipients.

       Winners will be notified prior to the official public announcement, which
       will be made in spring or summer 1999, in Washington, DC. A crystal
 award will be presented to the primary sponsor of the winning green chem-
 istry project in each of the five award categories. Certificates will be present-
 ed to individuals  (as identified by the primary sponsor) who contributed to
 the research, development, or implementation of the chemistry.

     Questions about eligibility, nomination procedures, or the Presidential
     Green Chemistry Challenge program should be directed to Paul Anastas
 or Tracy Williamson of EPA's Industrial Chemistry Branch at 202 260-2659.
 Additional information about the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge is
 also available from EPA's Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse at
 202 260-1023 or via the Internet at .
    Pertinent sections of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990:

   Sec. 6601. SHORT TITLE.
       This subtitle may be cited as the "Pollution Prevention Act of 1990."
       (b) Policy. - "The Congress hereby declares it to be the national pol-
       icy of the United States that pollution should be prevented  or
       reduced at the source whenever feasible."
   Sec. 6603. DEFINITIONS.
       For the purposes of this subtitle -
       "(5)(A) The term "source reduction" means any practice which:
           (i) reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or
           contaminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into
           the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling,
           treatment, or disposal, and
           (ii) reduces  the hazards  to public health and the environment
           associated with the  release of such substances, pollutants,  or
   A small business is defined here as one with annual sales of less than $40
million including all domestic and foreign sales by the  company, its sub-
sidiaries, and its parent company.
Judging Entries
     of Winners

Sample Cover Page
fclease use the format below for the cover page of your nomination.
                                                      Title of Nomination
                                         Primary Sponsor:
                                         Full name
                                         E-mail (if available)

                                         Contact Person(s):
                                         Full name
                                         E-mail (if available)

                                         Full name
                                         E-mail (if available)
                                •   Prime sponsor—Individual or organization that owns the project.
                                    In the case of academics, the principal investigator.

                                •   Contact person(s)-Individual available for communication about
                                    the nomination.

                                •   Contributors-Individual or organization that provided financial
                                    or technical support for the nominated project.

Iour nomination should include the following components:
(see "How to Enter" for further details)

   Cover page.

   Technical abstract (200 words or less).

   Statement affirming that the project has been researched, demon-
   strated, implemented, and/or applied in the United States within
   the past 5 years.

   Statement indicating whether the nomination is eligible for either
   the "Academic" or "Small Business" category.

   Statement identifying which of the three focus areas described on
   pages 1 and 2 is the most applicable to the nomination project.
   (Other focus areas may also be identified).

   Executive summary (one-page).

   Project description (5 pages or less).

   An original typed copy of the nomination.

   4 photocopies of the nomination.

   A 3V2-inch clearly-labeled computer disk containing the nomina-
Award Nomination