Statewide sustainable manufacturing, green chemistry and engineering conference to be held at Wayne State Oct. 26

DETROIT (Oct. 9, 2012) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Wayne State University (WSU) today announced registration remains open for the 2012 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference scheduled for Oct. 26 at the WSU McGregor Memorial Conference Center in Detroit.

The conference showcases how green chemistry and engineering are contributing to revitalization in manufacturing by using less toxic materials in the design and production of goods.

“Michigan is leading this effort to promote environmental stewardship and economic development through collaborations with universities, chemical companies, advanced manufacturers, and the supply chain,” said Bryce Feighner, chief of the DEQ’s Office of Environmental Assistance.

Farshad Fotouhi, dean of the WSU College of Engineering, said green technology is one of the college’s main interdisciplinary research areas.

“Our faculty, students, and alumni pioneer and research new technologies each day,” Fotouhi said. “We are thrilled to host this important conference and look forward to welcoming green leaders and pioneers to the Motor City.”

Conference participants include manufacturers, researchers, chemists, engineers, industry CEOs, students, educators, entrepreneurs, decision makers and policymakers; anyone interested in smart, sustainable growth is welcome to attend. Attendees will learn how green chemistry and engineering can protect human health and the environment while helping businesses create new markets, reduce costs and gain a competitive edge.

Participants can sign up for the one-day event at

Conference highlights include:

  • Presentation of the fourth annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards
  • Morning keynote presentation by Carrie Majeske, product sustainability manager, Ford Motor Company
  • Afternoon keynote presentation by Bob Peoples, former director of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute
  • Twelve breakout sessions with leading industry and university speakers
  • Poster session and student poster contest
  • Closing panel on driving sustainable manufacturing

Major conference sponsors include: The Dow Chemical Company, WSU, National Science Foundation Sustainability,, Michigan Technology News, and Corp!. For additional information, contact the DEQ’s Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278.


Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution of higher education offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 29,000 students. For more information about engineering at Wayne State University, visit

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