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The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
Helping to transform society's production and use of chemicals and materials
The University of California Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry is an academic program that advances green chemistry through interdisciplinary scholarship. BCGC pursues innovations in education, research and public engagement. We are faculty, researchers, and students in the Colleges of Chemistry, Natural Resources and Engineering, and the Schools of Public Health and Business.
BCGC April 2016 Newsletter
BCGC in the News
BCGC's Marty Mulvihill weighs in on imminent TSCA reform The U.S. House of Representatives has just approved a major overhaul to the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the Senate is expected to approve the updates next month. Marty Mulvihill, BCGC's former executive director and current entrepreneur-in-residence, discussed the implications of TSCA reform on KQED news and on KQED Forum, a call-in talk show broadcast throughout Northern California. You can listen to the Forum discussion here.
Green Chemistry Community
June 7th, Webinar: A Defining Step on the Pathway to Safer Chemicals
For manufacturers and suppliers, understanding what chemicals are being used in your supply chain is a critical first step to achieving safer products and processes. This is accomplished by defining the full ingredients list, including inadvertent contaminants, and assessing all ingredients for chemical hazards. From this foundation, businesses will be prepared for diverse sustainable practices, including meeting internal policies, informing decision-making for product design and development, qualifying for a range of standards and ecolabels, and meeting new and evolving procurement requirements in multiple global sectors (e.g. textiles, building products, cleaning products, children’s products, electronics, hospitality services, and hospital procurement). Edward Pavia from ToxServices will walk the audience through their Full Materials Disclosure™ (FMD™) program, and James Connelly from ILFI will discuss how this program is being adapted to the Living Product Challenge. Read more and register here.
June 14-16, Green Chemistry and Engineering, Portland, OR
Celebrate the 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, hosted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, in the eco-green city of Portland, Oregon this June 14-16, 2016.
With three days of programming, the longest running annual green chemistry conference invites students, scientists, industry leaders, advocates, and other key decision-makers to learn, share, and design the green innovations of tomorrow.
Job posting: Consultant to Help Law Firm Identify California Proposition 65 Violations
Description: Seeking chemistry/toxicology graduate student to help identify products that violate Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires California manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to label a product if human exposure to a listed chemical in the product is above established “safe harbor” levels. Currently, many of the toxins listed on the Proposition 65 list of chemicals can be found above safe harbor levels in common household products, cosmetics, bags, foods, paints, office supplies, and furniture. (Seehttp://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html for additional general information.)
Consultant will help identify products likely to violate Proposition 65. Specifically, consultant will (1) conduct background research on proposition 65, (2) familiarize himself/herself with the list of regulated chemicals; (3) analyze trends in reported Prop 65 violations, by sector and product category; and (4) recommend products for testing by a certified testing laboratory.
Ideal candidate will have an interest in chemical composition of products, and a desire to protect California consumers from unsafe products.
Two post-doc opportunities in Holland Lab at UC Berkeley School of Public Health: 1) Analysis of omics data in Children’s Environmental Health Studies
Job posting available to view here.
2) Molecular Epidemiology and Epigenomics in Children’s Environmental Health
Job posting available to view here.
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