DEQ Sets Sustainable Manufacturing, Green Chemistry Conferences

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding two seminars this fall for manufacturers interested in gaining a competitive edge through efficiencies and sustainability.

The DEQ’s Sustainable Manufacturing Seminar Series will hold “Michigan Made: Designing To Sustain The Economy, Environment and Society” Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Laurel Manor in Livonia and Thursday, Sept. 24 at Buck’s Run Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant.

Registration is now open for this seminar, which focuses on the diverse stakeholder connections and relationships necessary to achieve long-term economic, societal and environmental vitality for Michigan businesses and communities. Discussions will be led by Michigan-based leaders who will share perspectives and open discussion exploring both the opportunities and challenges relating to conservation of energy and water, recycling food waste, sustainable product standards and the impact of sustainable enterprise on local economic development.

These events are designed to support the on-going revitalization of Michigan’s manufacturing communities through innovation and creative problem-solving to address rapid changes in the local and global marketplace. This includes the framework of the U.S. EPA Economy, Energy, Environment Program, http://www2.epa.gov/e3.

Attendees will include representatives fo small and medium-sized manufacturers, local and county government representatives, lean consultants, environmental consultants, university representatives, community foundations, and economic and manufacturing associations.

Exhibitor opportunities are also available.

For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/deqworkshops.

Also, on Nov. 3-4, the DEQ will host the 2015 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, “Advancing toward a Safer and Sustainable Future,” at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor.

This year will mark the seventh Michigan “GreenUp” Conference, designed to be a valuable experience for sharing information, networking, and learning. Green chemistry and engineering are about designing, innovating, and manufacturing what’s next and developing less hazardous, more effective materials, processes, and products. Green chemistry and engineering can help businesses create new markets, reduce costs, increase safety, and gain a competitive edge.

Sponsorship and award opportunities are available, as are opportunities for oral or poster presentations. More at this link. 

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