WASHINGTON, April 3, 2019 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) today endorsed the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act introduced by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME). This legislation, which coordinates U.S. research and development efforts, is considered critical to the future of the chemical sciences.
The act was reintroduced today to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and would create a multiagency taskforce to guide investment in sustainable chemistry research, as well as a new public-private partnership program. It would also authorize a broad review of existing chemistry programs to give Congress a better understanding of the government’s role in sustainable chemistry.
“Boosting our economy with transformative, sustainable technology is central to the ACS mission,” notes Glenn S. Ruskin, vice president, ACS External Affairs and Communications. “Supporting sustainable chemistry at the federal level will empower the pursuit of cutting-edge science, ensuring a generation of sustainable products, new jobs and a greener world.”
The importance of this issue is outlined in the ACS public policy statement on sustainability and the chemistry enterprise. According to that statement, ACS “recognizes the importance of environmental sustainability and that modern civilization depends on it. Environmental considerations and economic growth are not mutually exclusive. We believe the chemistry enterprise must continue to provide leadership in forging the science and technology that will provide humanity with a sustainable path into the future.”
The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
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