Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 11:30 AM
South American AB (Capital Hilton)

Pulling down the Barriers: Lessons from Local and International Variations in Green Chemistry Policy

Kira JM Matus, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

This presentation will examine the variation in the implementation of green chemistry from the policy perspective, with a focus on how local contexts can change the nature and severity of barriers and incentives that impact the implementation of green chemistry. Comparisons across the United States, as well as in other countries, such as China, show that the difference in environmental policy, business climate, intellectual property regimes, educational system, cultural norms and practices and other local factors can have a significant impact on the success of green chemistry. This, in turn, points to some useful lessons for policy makers, members of the business community, researchers and practitioners who seek to advance green chemistry at both the local and global level.