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Clean Production Action 3/16/2016 Blogs Bulletins

GreenScreen Practitioner Program

This is the most advanced training available for individuals interested in becoming licensed Authorized GreenScreen Practitioners. The training program offers technical professionals – product designers, engineers, toxicologists, environmental health and safety experts, chemists, etc. – a unique opportunity to strengthen their professional portfolio while simultaneously helping their companies lead the way through the design of products that are safer for humans and the environment. For more information on this unique credential program, listen to our recorded GreenScreen Practitioner Program webinar.

GreenScreen Advanced Topics

This course is a great fit for individuals who are interested in learning more about GreenScreen and how to conduct a high quality assessment. If you are interested in the Practitioner Program but do not have the time to dedicate to the more rigorous credentialing track at this time, or are interested in evaluating whether credentialing is right for you, the Advanced Topics course offers a great alternative. If you are interested in attending the Advanced Topics course and have not yet completed the Introductory Course, let us know and we will assist you in meeting the prerequisite prior to the start of the course.

Private trainings

Not ready for the practitioner program? Want a training tailored for your organization? Clean Production Action provides private GreenScreen trainings for organizations seeking a smaller class size and additional opportunity for customized materials and discussions. If you are interested in learning more about how private training for your internal team can facilitate change towards greener product chemistries, please contact Shari Franjevic, CPA’s Education and Training Leader.

HP’s leadership in alternatives assessment featured in ChemicalWatch 

ChemicalWatch recently featured Hewlett-Packard (now HP Inc.) for its work on chemicals management and alternatives assessment. Since 2008, the company has evaluated more than 160 substances using GreenScreen, including non-halogenated flame retardants and phthalate replacements, and has two Authorized GreenScreen Practitioners on staff. Although identifying and assessing alternatives can be time consuming, making this up-front effort pays off in the long run, according to Hans Wendschlag, HP’s European Environmental Manager. HP calculates a cost of $5-$10 million to substitute one chemical, and GreenScreen provides the company with a tool for avoiding regrettable substitutions while transitioning to safer chemistries.

GreenScreen assessments of neonic pesticides released by Natural Resources Defense Council

Due to continued public health and environmental concerns, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently commissioned hazard assessment of three neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) – thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and clothianidin – using GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals. NRDC chose these three neonics due to their widespread use, high toxicity, and implications for ecological harm. In addition to very high hazards for aquatic and terrestrial ecotoxicity, the assessments also identified potential hazards for a number of human health endpoints, and all three pesticides were classified as GreenScreen Benchmark 1 – chemicals of high concern to be avoided. Dr. Jennifer Sass, NRDC Senior Scientist, and an Authorized GreenScreen Practitioner summarized the findings in a letter to the National Toxicology Program, supporting its consideration of a hazard review of the neonics through its Office of Health Translation.

Dr. Ken Geiser on Chemicals Without Harm

Since challenging the dumping of hazardous wastes in our backyards in the 1980s to creating transformational solutions with Toxics Use Reduction in the 1990s to advancing Alternatives Assessment in the 2000s, Ken Geiser exemplifies a “reflective practitioner” – one who reflects on action and engages in a process of continuous learning. An inspiration to many of us in our respective fields of toxics use reduction, pollution prevention, cleaner production, alternatives assessment, safer substitutes, and green chemistry, Ken is a leader in “solutions thinking.” Ken explains in his book Chemicals Without Harm how we can solve the conundrums and dilemmas that confront our current global needs for transformational change.

Shari Franjevic on GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals Practitioner Program 2016

Are you interested in becoming a change agent in your organization? The GreenScreen Practitioner Program provides in-depth training on use and application of GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals to drive innovation in product design and procurement. In this webinar you will hear from the current Authorized GreenScreen Practitioners and our teaching staff about this unique credential program, including course contents, requirements and benefits.

A Deep Dive into GreenScreen® List Translator 

Listen as Michelle Turner, PhD, of Clean Production Action and Tom Lent of the Healthy Building Network give a deep dive in using GreenScreen List Translator – a rapid screening tool covering 42 authoritative lists and over 8,000 chemicals. Learn about the List Translator, how the Pharos Chemical & Material Library automates the process, and how you can apply these tools to promote use of safer chemicals in your organization.

For the latest updates to GreenScreen® List Translator see the revised v1.3 of the GreenScreen Guidance

Chemical Footprint Project - why business actors recommend it

Are you working to improve your company´s chemical management? Representatives from ChemSec, CPA, and the business sector explain how the Chemical Footprint Project can provide:

  • Access to a system for evaluating, measuring, and communicating corporate chemicals management performance. ​​
  • Access to a Toolkit for tracking progress, benchmarking performance, and setting goals for improvement.
  • Opportunity to gain overall internal alignment in development and implementation of chemicals management policies and practices.
  • Opportunity to receive recognition for leadership in corporate chemicals management and reducing chemicals of concern.
  • Opportunity for business growth based on third party recognition of organization-wide performance.