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o-EPA      The Presidential
            Green Chemistry Challenge
            Awards Program
            Nomination Package for
            2005 Awards
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The  Presidential Green Chemistry
Challenge Awards Program:
Nomination Package for 2005 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 2005 Awards

   nize and  promote fundamental and innovative  chemical methods that
accomplish pollution prevention through source reduction and that have broad
applicability in industry. The Challenge is sponsored by the Office of Pollution
Prevention and Toxics of the United States Environmental Protection Agency iii^
partnership with the chemical community. 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 reduction in or
elimination of the use or generation of hazardous materials, including 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 environment relative to the cur-
rent state of the art. In green chemistry, health and environmental effects are
important throughout a technology's lifecycle. In many cases, incremental
improvements are necessary.

ognizes  technologies that incorporate the  principles of green chemistry into
chemical design, manufacture, and use. THE AWARDS PROGRAM is 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 five years in the United States (e.g.,
been researched, demonstrated, implemented, applied, patented, etc.).

   EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics is particularly interested in
technologies that reduce or eliminate the following: lead;  mercury; perfluorinat-
ed alkyl surfactants; polychlorinated or polybrominated biphenyls; or persistent,
bioaccumulative, and toxic substances.

   This  nomination package contains concise instructions on  how to  enter the
competition. Entries must be sent no later than December 31. Awards will be pre-
sented the following summer in Washington, DC.

    Nominated 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 chemistry,
        such as:
        •  Catalysis/biocatalysis.
        •  Natural processes, such as photochemistry and biomimetic  synthesis.
        •  Alternative feedstocks  that are more innocuous and renewable
           (e.g., biomass).
Scope of the
Scope Focus

Selection Criteria
   2.   The use of alternative reaction conditions for green chemistry,
        such as:
        •   Use of solvents that have a reduced impact on human health and
            the environment.
        •   Increased selectivity and reduced wastes and emissions.

   3.   The design  of safer 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
     on how well they meet the following criteria:

    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 applicable to
       a large and broad-based segment of chemical manufacturers, users, or soci-
       ety 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, locations,
          and industry sectors.

   4.  The nominated chemistry technology should be innovative and of sci-
       entific merit  The technology should be, for example:
       •   Original (i.e., never employed before).
       •   Scientifically valid. That is, can the nominated technology or strate-
          gy stand up to scientific scrutiny through peer review? Has the mech-
          anism of action been thoroughly elucidated  through sound scientific

IMPORTANT: The judging panel will look for as much detail (nonpro-
prietary) as possible 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 commerce, 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 nomi-
nation 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 investigator for a project in any of the scope focus areas.
   •  Any sponsor for a project in focus area 1 (the use of alternative synthet-
       ic pathways for green chemistry).
   •  Any sponsor for a project in focus area 2 (the use of alternative reaction
       conditions for green chemistry).
   •  Any sponsor for a project in focus area 3 (the design of safer chemicals).

   Self-nominations are allowed and expected. There is no entry fee and no stan-
   dard entry form, but nominations must meet certain requirements. Entrants
must submit a printed, single-spaced nomination that is no longer than eight
pages, with type no smaller than 12-point on SViz-by-ll-mch paper with margins
of at least 1 inch. Nominations may include chemical reactions, tables, graphs,
photographs, and other illustrations. Although entrants may wish to use color in
their nominations, the judging panel may be reading nominations photocopied
in black and white. Entrants should not, therefore, submit nominations that rely
on color for interpretation. Nominations longer than eight pages total will not be

   The nomination 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
       email addresses (if available) of the following individuals or organizations:
       •  Primary sponsor(s) (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 communica-
          tions with the awards program sponsors). For academic nominations,
          the contact will likely be the principal investigator. For government
          and industrial nominations, the contact will likely be a project man-
          ager or  other technical representative. Industrial nominations  may
          also include a public relations contact.
       •  Contributor(s) (individual or organization that provided financial or
          technical support for project  development  or  implementation).
          Providing information on contributor(s) is optional.

   2.  The cover sheet should be followed by a page containing the following
       •  Project tide.
       •  Description of the most recent milestone(s), with date(s), that the
          nominated  technology  has reached  within  the  past  five years.
          Examples include, but are not limited to, pilot plant constructed,
          results published, patent application submitted or approved, and
          technology implemented or commercialized.
       •  Statement indicating whether the nominated technology is eligible
          for either the small business or academic award.
Award Categories
     How to Enter

       •  Statement indicating which one of the three focus areas best describes
          the nominated technology. If the nominated technology falls within
          more than one focus area, you may include the other focus area(s). If
          you are unsure, make a note and EPA will review your classification.

       •  A technical abstract not to exceed 200 words that describes the nom-
          inated project.

       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 pages should explain in detail how die nominated project
       meets die selection criteria. Explain the following:

       •  How die technology meets the  scope and  focus area(s)  of die
          Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge program.
       •  All human healdi and/or environmental benefits of the technology.
       •  The chemistry of die new technology, emphasizing how die technol-
          ogy is innovative and of scientific merit Patent numbers or references
          .to peer-reviewed publications may strengthen your nomination.

   There is no limit on the number of entries that may be submitted by one spon-
sor. Each project, however, must be nominated as a separate entry and submit-
ted separately.

   All entries received will be considered public information. No material will be
returned. Program sponsors are not responsible for lost or damaged entries. EPA
acknowledges receipt of nominations, usually by email. If you have not received
an  acknowledgment  by mid-January,  please contact Richard Engler  at
engler.richard@epa.gov or (202) 564-8740.

   You must submit an original hard copy and an electronic copy of the nomina-
tion widi die sponsor's name in die file name. The electronic copy may be emailed
to engler.richard@epa.gov (preferred) or sent on a floppy disk, Zip™ disk, or CD,
clearly labeled widi die primary sponsor,  computer  format (Windows  or
Macintosh), and file name(s). The nomination must be sent no later than December
31. The mailing address (USPS only) is:

   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
   Mail Code 7406M
   Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge
   Attn: Richard Engler
   1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
   Washington, DC 20460

Note: Irradiation of Federal mail may damage electronic media. If you are send-
ing a disk, please use a package delivery service and  the address on die  next

   Please use the following address for shipping via package delivery services:

   Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge
   Attn: Richard Engler
   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
   EPA East, Room 5133
   1201 Constitution Ave., NW
   Washington, DC 20004

A     panel of technical experts selected by the American Chemical Society will
     judge the entries. These  experts might include members of the scientific,
industrial,  governmental,  educational, and environmental communities. Judges
may request verification of any chemistry described or claims made in entries that
are selected as finalists. The judges will select award recipients based on the chem-
istry projects or programs that best meet the selection criteria.
      Winners will be notified prior to the official public announcement, which
      will be made in summer 2005, in Washington, DC. A crystal sculpture will
be presented to the primary sponsor of the winning green chemistry project in
each of the five award categories. Certificates will be presented to individuals (as
identified by the primary sponsor) who contributed to the  research, develop-
ment, or implementation of the chemistry.
    Questions about eligibility, nomination procedures, or the Presidential Green
    Chemistry Challenge program should be directed to Richard Engler of
EPA's Industrial Chemistry Branch at engler.richard@epa.gov or (202) 564-8740.
   '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 policy of
       the United States that pollution should be prevented or reduced at the
       source whenever feasible."
   Sec. 6603. DEFINITIONS.
       For die purposes of this subtide -
       "(5) (A) The term "source reduction" means any practice which:
           (i) reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or con-
           taminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the
           environment (including fugitive  emissions) prior to recycling, treat-
           ment, or disposal, and
           (ii) reduces the hazards to public health and the environment associ-
           ated with the release of such substances, pollutants, or contaminants."

   2A small business is defined here as one with annual sales of less than $40 mil-
lion, including all domestic and foreign sales by the company, its subsidiaries,
and its parent company.
Judging Entries
     of Winners

Sample Cover
lease use the format below for the cover page of your nomination.
                                                   Title of Nomination
                                       Primary Sponsor(s):
                                       Full name
                                       Email (if available)

                                       Contact Person(s):
                                       Full name

                                       Full name
                                       Email (if available)
                              Primary sponsor(s)-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. Note: EPA sends acknowledgments by email.

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

I our nomination should include the following components:
(see "How to Enter", pages 3-4, for details)
   An original hard copy of the nomination.

   D  Cover page.

   °  Technical abstract (200 words or fewer).

   D  Statement affirming that the project has been researched, demon-
      strated, implemented, and/or applied in the United States within the
      past 5 years. Include the most recent milestone (s) and date(s).

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

   D  Statement identifying which one of the three focus areas described on
      pages 1 and 2 of this package is the most applicable to the nominat-
      ed project.

   D  Executive summary (one page).

   D  Project description (5 pages or fewer).

   An electronic copy (by email or on disk). EPA prefers email submis-
   sions for all but the largest files. Note: Irradiation of Federal mail may
   damage electronic media.