United States
Green Chemistry Challenge
Awards Program:
Nomination Package for
2017 Awards
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Closing Date: December 31, 2016
An electronic version of this document is available at http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry

Presidential Green Chemistry
Challenge Awards Program:
Nomination Package for 2017 Awards
Introduction	1
Definitions	1
A.	Green Chemistry	1
B.	Source Reduction	1
Award Categories	2
Scope of the Program	3
1.	Green Chemistiy 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

Presidential Green Chemistry
Challenge Awards Program:
Nomination Package for 2017 Awards
promote 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 than December 31, 2016. EPA will
present the awards at a ceremony in the summer.
A,	Green 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 the environment; on the other hand, green
chemistry keeps the 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 the definition of
green chemistry.
B.	Source Reduction
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
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 service.
	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 2017 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:
Scope of the
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 technologies
	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
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

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 FFDCA1) 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
	Inherendy 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)
Nominated chemistry technologies that meet the scope of the program will be
judged on how well they meet the following three selection 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, 2016.
Awards will be presented in the summer of 2017.
	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-l 1-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/
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 technology.
	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 them.
	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
	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 FFDCA1. 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 greenchemistrv@epa. gov If you encounter
problems submitting your nomination electronically, please contact us at
greenchemistrv@epa.gov or (202) 564-8740.
B. Receipt of Nominations
	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 greenchemistrv@epa.gov or (202) 564-8740.

C. Judging entries
A panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society Green
Chemistry Institute 8' 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 greenchemistrv@epa.gov or call (202) 564-8740.

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