Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
Green Chemistry & Commerce Council
The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) is a business-to-business forum that advances the application of green chemistry and design for environment across supply chains. It provides an open forum for cross-sectoral collaboration to share information and experiences about the challenges to and opportunities for safer chemicals and products.
Green Ribbon Science Panel
Two laws signed in 2008 by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger provided the foundation for advancing the California Green Chemistry Initiative. Chapters 559 and 560 were first steps in developing the information needed to protect Californians from the adverse effects of toxic chemicals, by providing information about chemicals in consumer products.
Chapter 559 directs the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to develop regulations that create a process for identifying and prioritizing chemicals of concern, and to create methods for analyzing alternatives to existing hazardous chemicals. It also allows DTSC to take certain actions following an assessment that range from “no action” to “restrictions or bans.”
The law also establishes a Green Ribbon Science Panel made up of experts to provide advice on scientific matters, chemical policy recommendations and implementation strategies. The Panel will ensure that implementation efforts are based on a strong scientific foundation.
Biz-NGO Working Group
The Business-NGO Working Group promotes the creation and adoption of safer chemicals and sustainable materials in a way that supports market transitions to a healthy economy, healthy environment, and healthy people.
CHANGE (Californians for a Healthy & Green Economy)
A growing coalition of environmental health, policy, labor, environmental justice, interfaith, and other organizations who are working to create a better system for regulating toxic chemicals in California.
Community voices, especially low-income and communities of color, are vital to the process of determining how chemicals should be regulated in California. Workers, low income and communities of color are disproportionately-impacted by the health effects of chemicals in the environment and in products. We recognize that these efforts will only be worthwhile if community voices are at the table helping craft solutions to the problem.
Collaborative for Health and the Environment
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), founded in 2002 at Commonweal, is an international partnership committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on environmental factors linked to chronic disease and disability. CHE acts as a catalyst for civil discourse and collaborative initiatives among researchers, health professionals, health-affected groups and others concerned with social and environmental impacts on human health. Through these relationships, CHE fosters systemic, multi-factoral, prevention-oriented actions in order to improve human health across the lifespan.
CHE’s primary activities include:
- Sharing emerging scientific research on various environmental factors that can contribute to disease and disability
- Fostering interdisciplinary and inclusive collaboration among diverse constituencies interested in those links
- Facilitating effective actions to improve health across the lifespan.
American Sustainable Business Council
American Sustainable Business Council is a growing network of nearly 50 business associations across the United States, representing over 150,000 businesses and 300,000 business executives, owners, investors, and others. These associations endorse principles of sustainable and socially-responsible responsible business, and they support the development of strong local Main Street economies.
The mission of American Sustainable Business Council is to advance public policies that foster a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy. We do this in two ways: first, we research and communicate to businesses, policy makers, and the media how a sustainable economy based on broad prosperity is good for business and good for America. Second, we provide a platform that enables businesses and business associations to engage executives, owners, investors, entrepreneurs, and other business professionals in the public debate.
Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees
Leadership California is a network of accomplished women, dedicated to advancing the leadership role women play in impacting business, social issues and public policy. It is also a unique program, designed to develop and mobilize female leaders. From corporate, academic, state and community organizations across the state, Leadership California draws a diverse group of executive women into its California Issues and Trends Program. Alumnae gain new insights on complex global, national and regional issues facing California.