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National Pollution Prevention Roundtable 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Webinar Series

 The webinar series provides attendees with an opportunity to learn about chemical alternatives and safer chemistry initiatives. Presenters will represent industry, nonprofit, academia, and technical assistance providers. Topics will include safer chemistry innovations and case studies, tools and resources, policy initiatives, and supply chain opportunities.
Tools to Measure Sustainability: Life Cycle Assessment – March 7, 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Anahita Williamson and Kate Winnebeck (New York State Pollution Prevention Institute)
Registration: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/263356334
Introduction to GreenScreen™ – April 3, 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Shari Franjevic (Cleaner Production Action)
Registration: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/587556158
Case Study – May
Presenters: TBA Registration: TBA
Safer Chemistry Resources and Tools – June
Presenters: TBA Registration: TBA

Launch of NPPR Safer Chemistry Challenge Program

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) has launched the 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP), a voluntary initiative to motivate, challenge, and assist companies to reduce the use of chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. The SCCP also rewards companies for finding safer alternatives and builds on ongoing business efforts to make toxic chemical reduction a business reality.

Forward thinking companies are focused on achieving high levels of environmental performance through sustainable business practices, including moving toward safer chemistries in the products companies manufacture and consume. It is also a way to address the ever-changing chemicals regulatory landscape. “Participating in the SCCP challenge not only gives companies an opportunity to cut costs but also a chance to become an industry leader in managing environmental responsibilities, reducing and preventing pollution, eliminating the use of toxic compounds, and substituting safer alternatives.” Jeffrey Burke, NPPR Executive Director.

The SCCP seeks to target reduction or elimination of the most toxic compounds that can be achieved by industry through pollution prevention or source reduction approaches. Companies have the flexibility to select chemicals for reduction to meet specific business objectives to focus reduction efforts on, or use the SCCP list of priority chemicals as guidance.

Companies that participate will be asked to reduce their use of chemicals by:

  • Moving toward cleaner processes, including adopting greener, more sustainable technologies
  • Using green chemistry tools and designs that avoid the use and generation of toxic chemicals
  • Selecting and using safe alternatives, such as benign or low toxicity materials or those that degrade into innocuous substances

Another value of the SCCP is that companies are encouraged to partner with state and local technical assistance programs to help identify effective ways to reduce waste and emissions and adopt safer substitute chemicals.

The SCCP offers industry a unique leadership opportunity for public and private sector collaboration that fosters a cleaner environment, new market opportunities, improved competitive advantage, while enhancing corporate image Additional resources and application information can be found at www.p2.org/challenge.