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Faculty Participates in Forum on Green Chemistry and the Future of Occupational Health

Dale Stephenson, director of Boise State’s School of Allied Health Sciences, along with Janice Camp and Nancy Simcox, both from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, presented a lunch forum on Feb. 11 about the “Future of Occupational Health” and “Green Chemistry and Sustainability.”

The forum’s objectives were to:

  • discuss future trends in the field of occupational health
  • identify professional development needs in Idaho
  • discuss the concept of green chemistry and its application in the production of products and materials
  • discuss how green chemistry and sustainability can be applied to university and community activities
  • discuss EPA’s role in the assessment of green chemistry practices during regulatory-related assessments
  • identify local and regional needs as they relate to the concept of green chemistry and sustainability

More than thirty people attended from Boise State, the Federal OSHA, the City of Boise, Western Aircraft, St. Luke’s Health System, URS International and more.

The forum was part of a $600,000, three-year education resource project grant to the University of Washington (UW) from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences. The project allows experts from UW, Boise State and Washington State to focus on educating students and professionals on ways to reduce potentially harmful waste streams, process hazards and energy costs.

The forum was also partially funded by the National Institute of Health under the Sustainable Technologies, Alternate Chemistry-Training and Education Center (STAC-TEC) grant #R25-ES023632.