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Phase One — Options Report

April to December 2007

The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a compilation of policy options that more than 600 participants submitted during Phase One. The Options Report includes the 818 options on ways to reduce the effects of toxic chemicals on people and the environment. Participants in the Conversation with California provided their ideas to develop safer processes and products, foster innovation, create new jobs, and reduce waste. The report is a comprehensive list of these options which were evaluated.


Phase Two — Analysis of Policy Options

January to June 2008

The California Green Chemistry Initiative is divided into two phases. During Phase One, from April to December 2007, participants brainstormed more than 800 options. These options were compiled into the Phase One report. We have begun work on Phase Two—the analysis of these potential options. This spring, we will analyze the multitude of possible options generated in Phase One. To evaluate these, "draft" frameworks are being developed. These draft frameworks are posted on this web site and have been discussed at five public workshops.

Phase Two includes three, concurrent tracks:

Key Elements

Currently in Phase Two, we have formed interagency teams within state government to begin development of plans for the "Key Elements" presented in the Phase One Options Report. The Key Elements are the building blocks for a successful California Green Chemistry program. These elements recurred throughout the array of possible options presented in Phase One.



Draft Policy Frameworks


To evaluate the many options submitted during Phase One, the department is developing and seeking public input on "draft policy frameworks."



Science Advisory Panel


To engage the scientific community, DTSC assembled a Green Chemistry Science Advisory Panel consisting of 21 of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers. The panel is a major asset to the program as it will guide the department on scientific matters and provide the technical basis for the Green Chemistry Initiative. To see the Science Advisory Panel recommendations click here.


Science Advisory Panel

June 2, 2008

The Green Chemistry Initiative Science Advisory Panel has completed its report on advancing green chemistry in California to DTSC Director Maureen Gorsen. The report describes the work of the Panel, especially its process in developing green chemistry options, and presents 38 options to advance green chemistry the Science Advisory Panel has identified for the state to consider.

It is important to note that, while there was substantial agreement on many of the options developed by the Panel and its subcommittees, the Science Advisory Panel did not attempt to reach consensus on the options developed for presentation to Director Gorsen. Therefore, this report presents a range of options for the state to consider. Each of these options was developed by one or more individual members of the SAP, and should not be regarded as representing the consensus of the SAP.

This "text only" version contains the final outcomes of the Panel's deliberations. It is posted here pending graphics, layout/design and printing.



The Green Chemistry Initiative Science Advisory Panel was created to assist DTSC Director Maureen Gorsen as she considers the many Green Chemistry options identified by stakeholders. This 21-member panel consists of leading thinkers and proponents of green chemistry. Panel member are experts in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental law, toxicology, public policy, pollution prevention and cleaner production, environmental and public health, risk analysis, materials science, nanotechnology, chemical synthesis, and research.

The Science Advisory Panel will meet over the first half of 2008 to provide their expert advice to Director Gorsen.

Science Advisory Panel Vision:

The state of California has a chemicals policy in place that protects the health of Californians and the environment. The policy assists Californians to:

  • Implement strategies to stimulate a green chemistry industrial revolution to drive technological innovation and the development of safer, healthier, and more sustainable chemicals, products and processes and approaches across their life cycles.
  • Move from a system where materials are on a one-way trip from the cradle to grave to a system where products are recovered as raw material for reuse in new products and processes without harming human health or the environment.
  • Develop strategies to encourage the use of less-hazardous products, processes and approaches by encouraging the use of less-hazardous alternatives.
  • motivate and support new investments in safer and more sustainable products, processes and approaches.

California has an unprecedented opportunity to establish new mechanisms to promote economic development while protecting human health and the environment. In order to accomplish this, all stakeholders must be represented and their concerns and issues heard. As an advisory panel of diverse backgrounds, we will strive to articulate to the DTSC various opportunities and issues from multiple perspectives, so that the agency may move forward in its work. We will be sure to identify concepts on which there is consensus. Where there are differing opinions, we will make every effort to represent the various viewpoints in a fair and honest way.

Mission: The Mission of the Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) Science Advisory Panel is to advise Department of Toxic Substances Control Director Maureen Gorsen on scientific and technical matters in support of the goal of the GCI to significantly reduce adverse health and environmental impacts of chemicals used in commerce, as well as overall costs to California society, by encouraging the redesign of products, manufacturing processes and approaches. The panel will assist Director Gorsen in developing green chemistry and chemicals policy recommendations, and will ensure that these recommendations are based on a strong scientific foundation. The initiative is broad in scope and will consider a wide range of options, in an effort to identify the most effective means of strengthening California’s use of green chemistry.

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