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4>EPA   Presidential
          Green Chemistry Challenge
          Awards Program:
          Nomination Package for
          2015 Awards
       Closing Date: December 31, 2014

 An electronic version of this document is available at http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry



Introduction	1

Definitions	1

       A. Green Chemistry	1

       B. Source Reduction	1

Award Categories	2

Scope of the Program	3

       1. Green Chemistry Technologies	3

       2. Source Reduction	3

       3. Eligible Organizations	3

       4. Significant Milestone	4

       5. Significant U.S. Component	4

       6. Three Focus Areas	4

Selection  Criteria	5

       A. Science and Innovation	5

       B. Human Health and Environmental Benefits	5

       C. Applicability and Impact	5

The Awards Process	6

       A. How to Enter.	6

       B. Receipt of Nominations	8

       C. Judging Entries	9

       D. Notification of Winners	9

Contact Us	9

Sample Cover Page	10

Award Nomination Checklist	11

Nomination Package for 2015 Awards

    the  environmental and  economic  benefits of novel  green chemistry.  These
prestigious  annual awards recognize chemical technologies that  incorporate green
chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use.

   EPA's  Office  of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention sponsors the Presidential
Green  Chemistry Challenge Awards 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      December 31, 2014. EPA will
present the awards at a ceremony in the  summer.

A,         Chemistry

    Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes  that reduce
    or eliminate  the use or generation of hazardous  substances. Green  chemistry
applies across the lifecycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture,
use, and  ultimate  disposal. Green chemistry is also known as sustainable chemistry.

   Green chemistry reduces pollution at its source by minimizing or  eliminating the
hazards of chemical feedstocks, reagents, solvents, and products. This is unlike treating
pollution after it is formed (also  called remediation), which involves end-of-the-pipe
treatment or cleaning up of environmental spills and other releases. Remediation may
include separating hazardous chemicals  from other materials, then treating them so
they are no longer hazardous or concentrating them for safe disposal. Most remediation
activities  do not involve green  chemistry.  Remediation removes hazardous materials
from die environment; on  die other hand, green chemistry  keeps die hazardous
materials out of the environment in the first place.

  However,  if a technology  reduces  or  eliminates  the hazardous chemicals
used to clean up environmental  contaminants, this technology would qualify as a green
chemistry technology. One example is replacing a hazardous sorbent [chemical] used
to capture mercury from the  air for safe disposal with an effective, but nonhazardous
sorbent. Using the nonhazardous sorbent means that the hazardous sorbent is never
manufactured so the remediation technology meets die definition of green chemistry.


   For  the  purposes  of the  program, EPA defines green  chemistry 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
                               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.

                           Source reduction:

                            «  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.
                            «  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
                            «  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).
                            «  Is  preferable  to   recycling,  treatment,  or  disposal.  Chemical
                               technologies  that  include  recycling,   treatment,  and   disposal
                               may  be eligible for an  award  if they  offer source  reduction  over
                               traditional  technologies  for  recycling,  treatment,  and  disposal.
    EPA usually presents one Presidential  Green Chemistry Challenge Award
    in each award  category. For the 2015  competition, there are six  award

    «   Focus Area 1: Greener Synthetic Pathways
    «   Focus Area 2: Greener Reaction Conditions
    «   Focus Area 3: The Design of Greener Chemicals
    «   Small  Business* (for a technology  in  any of the  three  focus  areas
       developed by a small business)
    «   Academic (for a technology in any of the three focus areas developed by
       an academic researcher)
    «  Specific Environmental Benefit:  Climate Change (for a technology in
       any of the three focus areas that reduces greenhouse gas emissions)

   *A small business for purposes of this award must have annual sales  of less
than $40 million, including all domestic and foreign sales by the company, its
subsidiaries, and its parent company.

    More detail about the three Focus Areas is included below.

    To be eligible for an award, a nominated technology must meet the scope of
    the  Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge program by  meeting each of
these six criteria:

       1.  It must  be a green chemistry technology with a significant
       chemistry component
       2. It must include source reduction
       3. Its sponsor must be an eligible individual or organization
       4. It must have a significant milestone in its development within the
       past five years
       5. It must have a significant U.S. component
       6. It must fit within at least one of the three focus areas of the program

1. Green Chemistry Technologies

   Green  chemistry technologies are extremely diverse. As  a group, they...

       «  Improve upon any chemical product or process by reducing negative
          impacts on human health and the environment relative to competing
       «  Include  all  chemical  processes:   synthesis,  catalysis,  reaction
          conditions, separations, analysis, and monitoring
       «  Make improvements  at  any  stage of  a chemical's  lifecycle,  for
          example,  substituting a  greener feedstock,  reagent,  catalyst,  or
          solvent in an existing synthetic pathway
       «  May substitute  a single improved  product or an entire synthetic
       «  Benefit  human health  and the environment at any  point of  the
          technology's lifecycle: extraction, synthesis, use, and ultimate fate
       «  Incorporate green chemistry at the earliest design stages of a new
          product or process
       «  Employ a significant change in chemistry, although they may also
          incorporate green engineering practices

2. Source Reduction

   For this program, EPA defines green chemistry as the use  of chemistry for
source reduction. Chemical technologies that include recycling, treatment,
or disposal may meet the scope of the program if they  offer source reduction
over competing technologies.

3. Eligible Individuals or Organizations

   Companies (including academic institutions and other nonprofit organizations)
and  their  representatives  are  eligible  for  Presidential  Green  Chemistry
Challenge Awards for outstanding or innovative source reduction technologies.

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

4. Significant Milestone

   A green chemistry technology must have reached a significant milestone within the
past five years.

   Some examples are:

    «   Critical discovery made
    «   Results published
    «   Patent application submitted or approved
    «   Pilot plant constructed
    «   Relevant regulatory review (e.g., by EPA under TSCA1, FIFRA2, or CAA3; by
       the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under FFDCA4) initiated or completed
    «   Technology implemented or launched commercially

5. Significant U.S. Component

   A significant amount of the research, development, or other aspects of the technology
must have occurred within the United States. If the only aspect of the technology within
the Unites States is product sales, the technology may not meet the scope of the program.

6. Focus Areas of the Presidential Green  Chemistry Challenge

   Green  chemistry technologies fit into at least one of the three focus areas
below. Technologies that do not fit within at least one focus area may not fall within
the scope of the program.

       Focus Area 1: Greener Synthetic Pathways

   This focus area involves  designing and implementing  a novel, green  pathway to
produce either a new or existing chemical substance.

   Examples include synthetic pathways that:

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

       Focus Area 2: 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 that have less 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
    «   Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

       Focus Area 3: The Design of Greener Chemicals

   This focus area involves designing and implementing chemical products that replace
more hazardous products.

   Examples include chemical products that are:

    »  Less toxic than current products
    •  Inherently safer because they reduce the likelihood or severity of accidents
    »  Recyclable or biodegradable after use
    »  Safer for the atmosphere (e.g., do not deplete ozone, form smog, or contribute
       to climate change)
ominated chemistry technologies that meet the scope of the program will be       Selection
judged on how well they meet the following three selection criteria:                    Criteria
A. 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) and
    «   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?

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

   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 their releases to air, water, or land
    «   Improve the use  of natural resources, for example, by substituting a
       renewable feedstock for a petrochemical feedstock
    «   Save water or energy
    «   Reduce the generation of waste, even if the waste is not hazardous

C.  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 large impact on a narrow area of chemistry. Commercial
implementation can help demonstrate the applicability and  impact of a technology.
Nominations for pre-commercial technologies should discuss the economic feasibility
of the technology.

                           The nominated technology should offer three advantages:

                           «   A practical, cost-effective approach to green chemistry
                           «   A remedy to a real environmental or human health problem
                           «   One or more technical innovations that are readily transferrable to other
                               processes, facilities, or industry sectors
A. How to Enter

       1. Basic Information

   •   Award nominations are due to the EPA by December 31, 2014.
       Awards will be presented in the summer of 2015.
   •   Self-nominations are  the most common;  nominations of others are also
   «   There is no entry fee.
   •   There is no  standard  entry  form, but nominations must  meet certain
       requirements or EPA may reject them.
   «   You may nominate more  than  one technology, but you must submit  a
       separate, stand-alone nomination for each one. Multiple applications of the
       same general  technology are most likely to win an award if you combine
       them in a single nomination.

       2. Overall Format

   Nominations must have:

   «   No more than eight pages,  including the cover page
   «   Single-spaced, 12-point type, but references, captions,  and footnotes may be
       as small as  10-point type
   «   Margins of at least 1 inch  when printed on 8V2-by-ll-inch paper

   Nominations may include:

   «   Chemical reactions, tables, graphs, charts, photographs, diagrams, and other
       illustrations within their eight pages.
   «   Text or  illustrations in color, but the judges may read  the nominations
       printed in black and white; therefore, nominations should not require color
       for interpretation.
   «   Links to published articles, patents, etc. Nominations should not rely on
       information in links to present their  technology because judges may not
       follow any links.

       3. Structure of Nominations

   The first page must be a cover page with the:

   •   Technology title and date of the nomination
   «   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

   «   Contact person  with full mailing address, email address,  and telephone
       number: the one individual with whom EPA will 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. We add the person listed as the contact to the list
       of subscribers for our electronic newsletter. Periodically, we email reminders and
       updates about the program to those on our list. You may opt out at any time.
   «   Contributors (optional): those individuals or organizations that provided
       financial or technical support to develop or implement the technology

   The second page should contain the following information:

   «   Technology title
   «   A sentence indicating whether the nominated technology is eligible for the small
       business award, the academic award, both, or  neither.
   «   The name (or number)  of the EPA award focus area (or areas) that fits your
       technology. The  focus  areas are (1) greener synthetic pathways; (2) greener
       reaction conditions; and (3) the design of greener chemicals. No explanation is
   «   One- or two-line description of the most recent milestone for the nominated
       technology and the year it occurred.  Only one milestone and year are
       required; the milestone must be within the last five years.
   «   One or two sentences describing the  U.S. component of the technology: the
       research, development, implementation, or other activities of the technology that
       occurred within the United States.
   «   An abstract (not to exceed 300 words) that describes the nominated technology,
       the problem it addresses, and its benefits. Include the degree of implementation
       (or commercialization) of the technology and any quantitative benefits such as
       the amount (or potential amount) of hazardous substances eliminated, energy
       saved, carbon  dioxide emissions eliminated,  water  saved, etc.  EPA  plans to
       publish these abstracts in its annual Summary of Award Entries  and Recipients.
       If you are nominating a technology you  submitted in a previous year, you may
       use the abstract previously published by EPA in whole or in  part.   Links to
       previous annual  summaries of award entries and  recipients are  available on
       the award winner page of our  website: http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry/.

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

   The remaining pages should show how your technology meets both the:

   «   Scope of the program and
   «   Three selection criteria

   The judges will look for detailed explanations of:

   «   The problem (environmental  or human  health  risk)  that your technology
       addresses, its importance, and how your  technology solves it.

    «   The chemistry of your new technology, emphasizing its novelty and
       scientific merit. To be eligible for an award, your technology must include
       a significant chemistry component.  Include as much nonproprietary
       detail  as possible, such as the specifics of your chemistry and detailed
       reaction pathways.  Consider  using  chemical  structure diagrams  to
       describe your chemistry. You may include patent numbers or references
       to peer-reviewed publications, but add only  the most important, recent
       ones because references take space away from other details of your
    «   Realized or potential benefits and  drawbacks. These may
       occur  across all stages  of your technology's lifecycle: from feedstocks to
       manufacture, use, and  the ultimate disposal of the product. Include the
       human health, environmental, and economic  benefits of your technology
       such as toxicity  data and quantities of hazardous substances reduced
       or eliminated. If you have not done a full lifecycle analysis, discuss the
       impacts of your technology  across the lifecycle to the  extent you know
    «   How  your technology  compares  with  any  other  technologies
       that address the  same problem.  Comparing the  cost,  performance,
       and environmental  profile  of your technology  with any competing
       technologies may demonstrate the broad applicability of your technology.
    «   Current and planned commercialization. For  example, is your
       technology  currently  on  the market?  Are you building a pilot  or
       manufacturing plant? If your technology is or is about to be commercially
       available,  also  discuss the  regulatory status  of any novel  chemical
       substance  or  organism under any  applicable  laws  such as  TSCA1,
       FIFRA2, CAA3, or FFDCA4. EPA must assure that winning technologies
       comply with these laws.

       4. Submitting Your Nomination to EPA

    Submit an electronic copy of your nomination in a format so that EPA can
select and copy text.  Include  the  primary  sponsor's  name in  the file name.
You may want to submit your nomination as a .pdf file to minimize possible
reading errors,  but  EPA accepts and can  read all common file types. Send
the electronic copy by email to  greenchemistry@epa.gov.  If you  encounter
problems  submitting  your  nomination  electronically,  please  contact us  at
greenchemistry@epa.gov or (202) 564-8740.

B. Receipt of Nominations

    i   EPA will consider all entries as public information.
    ~   EPA will not return any material.
       EPA is not responsible for lost or damaged entries.
       EPA acknowledges receipt of nominations by email to the Contact
       Person identified in the nomination. If EPA does not acknowledge
       your nomination within two  weeks after you submit it, please contact
       us at greenchemistry@epa.gov or (202) 564-8740.

C. Judging entries

    A  panel  of technical  experts  convened  by  the  American Chemical Society
Green Chemistry Institute®  will judge  nominations. These  anonymous experts
might  include  members  of  the  scientific,  industrial, governmental,  educational,
and environmental  communities. EPA may  ask the designated  contact person
to  verify any  chemistry  described  or claims  made in nominations on  behalf
of  the judges.  The  judges will  select  as  award  recipients  those  green chemistry
technologies that best meet the selection criteria. The judges may use their discretion,
however,  to  make more  than  one  award  (or  no award)  in any one  category.

D. Notification of winners

   EPA will notify winners prior to the official public  announcement, which will be
made in the summer. EPA will  present a commemorative  crystal  sculpture to the
primary  sponsor(s)  of the  winning green chemistry technology in  each of the six
award  categories  and certificates  to individuals identified  by  the primary sponsor(s)
who contributed to the research,  development,  or implementation of the technology.

  If you have questions about the scope of the program,  nomination procedures, or
  the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Program, please email EPA's  Industrial
Chemistry Branch at greenchemistry@epa.gov or call (202) 564-8740.
Contact Us

Sample Cover
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

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

                           Primary Sponsor (s):
                           Company Name

                           Contact Person:
                           Full name

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

Include the following components (see "How to Enter," page 6, for details):

D Cover page
D One sentence indicating whether the nomination is eligible for the academic
   category, the small business category, both, or neither
D Name or number of the EPA award focus area(s) for the nominated technology
D One- or two-line description of the most recent milestone and the year
   it occurred
D One or two sentences describing the activities that took place within the
   United States
D Abstract (300 words or fewer)
D Detailed description of how the nominated technology meets the scope of the
   program and the selection criteria
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