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Minnesota Green Chemistry 2014: Connecting Policy, Technology, and Economy
January 16, 2014
The Minnesota green chemistry sector is poised for growth, due in large part to the high value and potential environmental and health benefits that new, safer and innovative green chemistry products provide. Policy at both the state and national level can play a key role in supporting industry development and directing it in ways that maximize benefit to citizens, communities and the environment. At the Fourth Annual Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum Conference, we will explore this intersection of policy, technology and economy in the Green Chemistry sector to illuminate the benefits, challenges and opportunities of fostering a business sector that also helps meet environmental, climate, energy and health goals. This day-long conference will include keynotes, panels and break-out sessions.
Marc Verbruggen, who has been at the helm of Nature Works LLC since 2008, will provide his perspective on how the renewable materials market is gaining steam in his keynote. NatureWorks LLC, was one of the first companies to offer commercially available biobased polymers, and has been a pioneer in accelerating market development with the technical and commercial aspects of performance materials. As a global leader in the bioplastic world - headquartered in Minnesota, with representatives in over 10 countries -- NatureWorks continues to work with converters, brandowners and retailers around the world to help introduce innovative eco-friendly products made with Ingeo plastics & fibers.
Also keynoting is Minnesota's Secretary of State and a tireless champion for Green Chemistry, Mark Ritchie. First elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010, Mark is charged with administering Minnesota's elections, but also oversees a wide range of services for Minnesota businesses, including the archiving of official and corporate documents, and serves on the State Executive Council and the State Board of Investment. Prior to being elected SOS in 2006, Mark founded and led for 20 years the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), where he focused on promoting policies and economic development that supported resilient farms, rural communities and ecosystems. Secretary Ritchie will offer his insights on the role of policy in supporting the growth of the Green Chemistry industry in Minnesota.
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