BizNGO Conference



BizNGO 2017 – Emerging Trends & Taking Action

December 5-6, 2017 - Boston


  • Hands-on engagement: share experiences and actions on the journey to safer chemicals.
  • Red lists: take away new ideas, practices, and tools for managing and aligning lists of chemicals of concern.
  • Perfluorinated Chemicals: get up-to-date information on latest science and the search for safer alternatives.
  • Chemical Footprint Project: know what it is, how it is similar to and different from chemical footprinting, and how you can participate in it.
  • New ideas: have three new ideas, best practices, or resources to share with colleagues.
  • Inspiration: become inspired and invigorated to advance chemicals, materials, and products that are safer and healthier for people and the planet.

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December 5

8:00       Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00       Welcome: Mark Rossi, Executive Director, Clean Production Action

9:30       Mainstreaming Chemical Footprinting: The Path Foward

11:00       Break

11:30      The Chaos of Restricted Substances Lists (RSLs): Managing and Aligning Lists of Chemicals of High Concern

12:30     Lunch

1:30       Chaos of Lists: Small Groups

2:30       Break

3:00       Measuring your Chemical Footprint

5:00       Reception

7:30       Adjourn

December 6

8:00       Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00       Opening Remarks: Rachelle Wenger, Director, Public Policy & Community Advocacy, Dignity Health

9:15       Alternatives Assessment: Searching for Safer Alternatives to Perfluorinated Chemicals

11:00     Break

11:30     Creating & Implementing Comprehensive Corporate Chemical Management Policies

  • Facilitator: Sally Edwards, Senior Research Associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Speakers
    • Denise Van Valkenburg, Sustainability Engineer, Herman Miller
    • Kendra Martz, Corporate Manager of Sustainability, Construction Specialties 
    • Cheri Peele, Senior Research Associate, Clean Production Action

12:30     Lunch

1:30       Chemical Management Policies: Small Groups

2:30       Break

3:00       Businesses & NGOs finding Common Ground on Chemical Ingredient Disclosure

  • Facilitator: Ansje Miller, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Center for Environmental Health
  • Speakers
    •  ​Nancy Buermeyer, Senior Policy Strategist, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners 
    •  Debbie Fiddelke, Senior Director for Global Government Relations, SC Johnson

5:00       Adjourn