United States
Environmental Protection
Agency
Green Chemistry Challenge
Awards Program:
Nomination Package for   ^
 011 Awards


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                                                    for 2011
 Contents



 Introduction[[[ 1




 Scope of the Program[[[ 1




         A. Source  Reduction[[[ 1




         B.  Green Chemistry	  2




         C. Eligibility of Organizations for Awards.....................................  2




         D. Additional  Requirements[[[  2




 Focus Areas[[[ 2




 Award Categories[[[ 3




 Selection  Criteria	4





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Nomination Package for 201 1 Awards
    HE PRESIDENTIAL GREEN CHEMISTRY CHALLENGE was established
 -L to recognize and promote innovative  chemical technologies that prevent
pollution and have broad applicability in industry. The Challenge is sponsored
by the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention of the United States
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  in  partnership with the American
Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute and other members of the chemical
community.

   This nomination package contains explicit  instructions on how to enter the
competition. Entries must be sent no later  than December  31. Awards will be
presented the following summer in Washington, D.C.


A. Source Reduction

    The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge recognizes chemical technologies
    that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical  design,
manufacture, and use.  For the purposes of the  program,  green chemistry is
defined as the use of chemistry for source reduction.

The term "source reduction" includes any practice which:

       (i)  reduces  the  amount  of  any hazardous  substance,  pollutant,  or
       contaminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the
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       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 contaminants.

   The term  includes  equipment or technology modifications, process  or
procedure modifications, reformulation or redesign of products, substitution of
raw materials, and improvements in housekeeping, maintenance, training, or
inventory control.

   The term "source reduction" does not include  any practice  which alters the
physical, chemical,  or biological characteristics or the  volume of a hazardous
substance, pollutant, or contaminant through a process or activity which itself is
not integral to and necessary for the production of a product or providing a service.

   Source reduction prevents the formation of any hazardous substance in any chemical
product or process. Source reduction is the highest tier of the risk management
hierarchy as  described in the  Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 (PPA).1 It is
preferable  to  recycling,  treatment,  or disposal.  Chemical technologies that
include recycling, treatment, and disposal may be eligible for the Challenge
Program if they offer source reduction over traditional technologies for recycling,
treatment, and disposal.
Introduction
Scope of the
Program

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Focus Areas
                        B. Green Chemistry

                           Green chemistry reduces or eliminates the use  or generation of hazardous
                        substances from chemical products and processes. Green  chemistry improves
                        upon all types of chemical products and processes by reducing impacts on
                        human health and the environment relative to competing technologies.

                           Green chemistry  technologies encompass all types of chemical processes
                        including syntheses,  catalyses, reaction  conditions,  separations, analyses, and
                        monitoring. A green chemistry technology can involve implementing incremental
                        improvements at any stage. It can, for example, substitute  a greener feedstock,
                        reagent, catalyst, or solvent in an existing synthetic pathway. A green chemistry
                        technology also can  involve substituting an improved product or an entire
                        synthetic  pathway.  Ideally, a green chemistry technology incorporates  the
                        principles of green chemistry at  the earliest design stages of a new  product
                        or process. Benefits to human health and the environment may occur at any
                        points in the  technology's lifecycle: extraction, synthesis, use, and ultimate fate.

                        C. Eligibility of Organizations for  Awards

                           Companies (including nonprofit organizations)  and their representatives
                        are eligible for Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for operating
                        outstanding  or  innovative  source reduction programs  (including  research
                        programs).

                           Public academic institutions, such as state and tribal universities and their
                        representatives, are eligible for Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
                        for projects or programs that prevent, reduce or eliminate air or water pollution
                        or the adverse health effects of  solid  waste entering  into the waste stream.

                        D. Additional Requirements

                           To be eligible for an award, a green chemistry  technology  must have
                        reached a significant milestone within the past five years (e.g., been researched,
                        demonstrated, implemented, applied, patented, etc.). It must also have a significant
                        U.S. component: the research, development, or aspects of the technology that
                        occurred within the United States. If the only aspect of the technology within
                        the Unites States is product sales, the nomination may not meet the scope of the
                        program.

                           If you have a question about the eligibility of your technology, please email
                        us at greeiichemistry@epa.gov
N
ominated green chemistry technologies should be an example of one or
more of the following three focus areas:
                            1.  The use of greener synthetic pathways

                               This focus area involves designing and implementing a novel,  green
                               pathway for a chemical product. Examples include synthetic pathways
                               that:

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         Use greener  feedstocks  that  are  innocuous  or  renewable  (e.g.,
          biomass, natural oils).
         Use  novel  reagents  or catalysts,  including  biocatalysts  and
          microorganisms.
         Are natural processes, such as fermentation or biomimetic synthesis.
         Are atom-economical.
         Are convergent syntheses.

    2.  The use of greener reaction conditions

       This focus area involves improving conditions other than the overall
       design or  redesign of a synthesis. Greener analytical methods often fall
       within this focus area. Examples  include reaction conditions that:
         Replace hazardous solvents  with solvents with a  lesser impact on
          human health and the environment.
         Use solventless reaction conditions and solid-state reactions.
         Use novel processing methods that prevent pollution at its source.
         Eliminate energy- or material-intensive separation and  purification
          steps.
         Improve  energy efficiency,  including reactions running closer to
          ambient conditions.

    3.  The design of greener chemicals

       This focus area involves designing and implementing chemical products
       that are less hazardous than the  products or technologies they replace.
       Examples include chemical products that are:
         Less toxic than current products.
         Inherently safer with regard to accident potential.
         Recyclable or biodegradable  after use.
         Safer for the atmosphere (e.g., do not deplete ozone or form smog).

   Many  green chemistry technologies fit into  more  than one  focus  area.
Technologies that do not fit within at least one focus area may not fall within the
scope of the program.

   EPA is particularly interested in  technologies that reduce or eliminate the
following: lead; mercury; perfluorinated alkyl surfactants; polychlorinated or
polybrominated biphenyls; diisocyanates; or other persistent,  bioaccumulative,
and toxic  substances.
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ypically, EPA presents one award in each of the following categories:
      Small Business: A small business2 for a green chemistry technology in
       any of the three focus areas.
      Academic: An academic investigator for a technology in any of the three
       focus areas.
      Focus Area  1: An industry sponsor for a technology that  uses greener
       synthetic pathways.
      Focus Area  2: An industry sponsor for a technology that  uses greener
       reaction conditions.
      Focus Area  3: An industry sponsor for a technology that includes  the
       design of greener chemicals.
Award Categories

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Selection
Criteria
How to Enter
     Nominated chemistry technologies must fall within the scope of the program.
     Technologies that meet the scope will then be judged on how well they meet
the following criteria:

   1.  Science and innovation

       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? Does the
          nomination contain enough chemical detail to reinforce  or prove its
          scientific validity? Has the mechanism of action been clarified via
          scientific research?

   2.  Human health and environmental benefits

       The  nominated  chemistry technology should offer human health and/
       or environmental benefits at some point in its lifecycle from resource
       extraction to ultimate disposal.  The technology might, for example:
         Reduce toxicity (acute or chronic) or the potential for illness or injury
          to humans, animals,  or plants.
         Reduce flammability or explosion potential.
         Reduce the use or generation of hazardous substances, the transport
          of hazardous substances, or releases to air, water, or land.
         Improve the use of natural resources, for example, by substituting a
          renewable feedstock for a petrochemical feedstock.

       Quantitative statements of benefits  are more useful to  judges than
       qualitative ones.

   3.  Applicability and impact

       The  nominated chemistry technology should have  a significant  impact.
       The  technology may be broadly applicable to many chemical processes
       or industries; alternatively, it may have a great impact on a narrow range
       of chemistry. Commercial implementation can support the applicability
       and impact of a technology. Nominations for pre-commercial technologies
       should discuss economic feasibility. The nominated technology should
       offer the following:
         A practical, cost-effective approach to green chemistry.
         A remedy for a real environmental or human health problem.
         One or more technical innovations that can be transferred readily to
          other processes, facilities, or industry sectors.
   Self-nominations are allowed and welcomed. There  is no entry fee  and no
   standard entry form,  but nominations  must meet certain  requirements.
Nominations must be single-spaced and no longer than eight pages with 12-point
type;  references, captions, and footnotes may be as small as  10-point. When
printed on 8V2-by-ll-inch paper, they must have margins of at least  1 inch.
Nominations that do  not meet these  requirements may be rejected by EPA.
Nominations may include chemical reactions, tables, graphs, charts, photographs,

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diagrams, and other illustrations as part of the eight pages. Although nominations
may be in color, the judges can read the nominations printed in black and white.
Nominations should not, therefore, require color for interpretation.

   A nomination must include the following:

    1.  A cover page with the

       a. Project title followed by the date of the nomination.

       b. Primary sponsor(s): the individual or organizational owner(s) of the
       technology. For academic nominations, the primary sponsor is usually
       the principal investigator. For nominations with more than one sponsor,
       each  co-sponsor should have  had  a significant role  in the research,
       development, or implementation of the technology.

       c. Contact  person:  the one  individual with  whom  EPA should
       communicate regarding the nomination.  For academic  nominations,
       the  contact person  is usually the principal  investigator. For  other
       nominations, the contact should be a project manager or other technical
       representative.

       d. Contributors (optional):  those individuals or organizations that
       have  provided financial  or  technical  support for  development  or
       implementation of the nominated technology.

   EPA will  add  the person listed as a contact to a contact database.  EPA
periodically  sends reminders and updates about the  program to those in this
database. Anyone may opt out at any time.

    2.  The second page should contain the following information:
         Project title.
       *  Short description of the most recent milestone, with date, that the
          nominated technology has reached within the past five years. One or
          two lines are sufficient. Examples include, but are not limited to: critical
          discovery made,  results published, patent application submitted or
          approved,  pilot  plant  constructed, technology  implemented  or
          commercialized, and relevant regulatory review (e.g., by EPA under
          TSCA3 or FIFRA3; by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under
          FFDCA4) initiated or completed. Only one milestone is required.
         A sentence indicating whether the nominated technology is eligible
          for the small business award, the academic award, both, or neither.
         Identification of the focus area (or areas) that fit your technology. See
          pages 2 and 3 for a description of the three focus areas. No  explanation
          is needed.
         A one- or two-sentence description  of the U.S.  component:  the
          research, development, or  aspects  of the technology that occurred
          within the United States. If the only aspect of the technology within
          the Unites States  is product sales, the nomination may not meet the
          scope of the program.
         Abstract (not  to  exceed 350 words) that  describes the nominated
          technology, the problem it addresses, and its benefits. Include  the
          state  of implementation of the technology and any quantitative
          benefits such as amount (or potential amount) of hazardous substances
          eliminated.  EPA  plans to  publish  these  abstracts  in  its annual

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          Summary of Award Entries and Recipients booklet. If you are renominating
          a technology, you may use the abstract previously published by EPA in
          whole or in part.

   The information in this section should fit on page 2, but you may continue on page
3 if necessary.

    3.  The remaining pages should explain in detail  how the nominated technology
       meets both the scope of the program  (see pages  1-2) and the selection criteria
       (see page 4).  Explain the following:
         The chemistry of the  new technology,  emphasizing how the technology is
          innovative and of scientific merit. Consider  including chemical structure
          diagrams rather than text to describe your chemistry. Patent numbers or
          references to peer-reviewed publications may strengthen  your nomination.
          The judges  recognize  the interdisciplinary  nature of  green  chemistry;
          however, to be eligible for an award, your technology must include a
          significant chemistry  component.
         The problem (environmental  or human health risk) that your technology
          addresses, the importance of that problem, and how your technology solves
          the problem.
         How your technology compares with other technologies  that may address
          the same problem.
         The realized or potential benefits  and drawbacks across  all stages of your
          technology's lifecycle: from feedstocks to manufacture to use of the product
          to ultimate disposal of the product.

   IMPORTANT: To  make  the  strongest  presentation  of your technology
for the judges, you should include as much  nonproprietary detail as possible
in  your  nomination.  The  judges will pay  close  attention  to the specifics
of  your  chemistry,  including  detailed   reaction pathways,   comparisons  to
existing technology, toxicity data, quantities of hazardous substances reduced or
eliminated, degree  of  implementation in commerce,  and other technical, human
health, environmental, and economic  benefits. The judges recognize that some
sponsors will  not be able to  conduct  a full lifecycle analysis, but like to  see a
discussion of impacts across  the lifecycle. In  addition, EPA strongly encourages you
to compare the cost, performance, and environmental profile of your technology
with any competing technologies.  This  may help you demonstrate  the  broad
applicability of your technology.

   It may help the judges if you address the status of any novel chemical substances or
organisms under any appropriate laws such as TSCA3, FIFRA3, or FFDCA4, especially
if the technology is or is about to be commercially available.

   You may include structure diagrams, tables, other graphics, and references, but all
information must fit within the eight-page limit. You may use color in your nomination,
but be aware that the nomination may be printed in black and white, so information in
color may be illegible.

   You may nominate  more than  one technology, but you  must  submit  a separate
nomination for each technology. You should probably combine multiple applications of
the same general technology in a single nomination, however.

   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

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receipt of nominations by email to the person listed as the Contact Person on page
1. If you have not received an acknowledgment by mid January, please contact
the Green Chemistry Program at greenchemistry@epa.gov or (202) 564-8740.

   Submit an electronic copy of the nomination in such a format that EPA can select
and copy text from it. Please include the primary sponsor's name in the file name.
It may be to your advantage to submit your nomination as a .pdf file to minimize
possible reading errors, but EPA accepts and is able to read all common file types.
You should email the electronic copy to greenchemistry@epa.gov. If you cannot
send the file via email, you may send it on a CD or flash drive, clearly labeled with
the sponsor(s). The nomination must be sent no later than December 31, 2010.

   Note: Irradiation  of Federal  mail may damage electronic  media.  To send
a disk or flash drive, please use a package delivery service and the following
address:

   Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge
   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
   c/o Dr. Carol Farris
   EPA East, Room 5133
   1201 Constitution Ave., NW
   Washington, DC 20004
   Telephone: 202-564-8740
A    panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society
    Green Chemistry Institute will judge nominations. These  experts might
include  members of the scientific,  industrial, governmental, educational, and
environmental  communities.  The  judges may request verification  of any
chemistry described or claims made in nominations that are selected as finalists.
The judges will select as award recipients those green chemistry technologies
that best meet selection criteria.
      Winners  will be  notified prior to the  official public announcement,
      which will be made  in summer  2011,  in Washington, D.C. A crystal
sculpture will be  presented to the primary sponsor(s) of the winning green
chemistry technology  in  each of the five  award categories. Certificates will
be presented to individuals  (as  identified by the primary  sponsor(s)) who
contributed to the research, development, or implementation of the chemistry.
     Direct any  questions  about eligibility, nomination procedures,  or the
     Presidential Green Chemistry  Challenge program to EPA's  Industrial
Chemistry Branch at greenchernistry@epa.gov or (202) 564-8740.
Judging Entries
Notification of
Winners
Additional
Information

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Sample Cover
Page
Please use the format below for the cover page of your nomination.

               Nominations with an Academic Sponsor
                                                  Title of Nomination
                                                  Date of Nomination

                           Primary Sponsor(s):
                           Full Name (Primary Investigator)
                           Name of Institution

                           Contact Person:
                           Full name
                           Title
                           Address
                           Phone
                           Email

                           Contributor (s): (optional) Individuals and/or organizations
                                       Nominations with a Business Sponsor
                                                  Title of Nomination
                                                  Date of Nomination

                           Primary Sponsor (s):
                           Company Name
                           Full Name (optional)
                           Title (optional)
                           Address (optional)
                           Phone (optional)
                           Email (optional)

                           Contact Person:
                           Full name
                           Title
                           Address
                           Phone
                           Email

                           Contributor (s): (optional) Individuals and/or organizations

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Include the following components (see "How to Enter," page 4, for details):

D Cover page.
D Short description of the most recent milestone and date; only one milestone
   is required.
D Statement indicating whether the nomination is eligible for an award in the
   academic category, the small business category, both, or neither.
D Statement identifying the focus area(s) for the nominated technology.
D Statement of the activities that took place within the United States.
D Abstract (350 words or fewer).
D Detailed description of how the nominated technology meets the scope of
   the program  and the selection  criteria.
Award
Nomination
Checklist
    '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." Sec. 6602. FINDINGS AND POLICY.
        (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 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 sub-
stances, pollutants, or contaminants."

    2 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 subsidiaries, and its parent company.
Act.
   3TSCA is the Toxic Substances Control Act; FIFRA is the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide
    4FFDCA is the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

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