Health, Innovation and Sustainability
- Increased awareness of how protecting and enhancing human health is a key element of sustainability and is an emerging driver for innovation in the design of chemicals and materials
- Applied knowledge of the benefits and challenges inherent in multi stakeholder collaborative projects and policy efforts
- Significantly enhanced understanding about the leading edge of chemical hazard assessment to support informed decision making at multiple levels of sustainability practice
Part I: Health and Innovation as Emerging Sustainability Drivers
The business case for sustainability is important. However, health and innovation are increasingly acting as atypical drivers for sustainability in organizations and among policy makers. The first part of the workshop will frame sustainability in terms of health and innovation, highlighting how these allow you to appeal to decision makers in different, often complimentary ways.
Part II: Leveraged Collaboration for Smart Solutions
Collaboration and partnerships create significant value and opportunities that foster leadership and innovation in sustainability. They allow multiple organizations to leverage limited resources and time to create cost-effective projects and policies. This part of the workshop will explore the roles of different sectors: it will also examine important considerations in establishing and facilitating effective collaborative projects and coalitions through case studies.
Part III: Chemicals and Materials as a Leadership Opportunity
The final part of the workshop offers a more technical and in-depth look at topics of emerging importance in sustainability practice including green chemistry and chemical hazard assessment. As John Warner, a pioneer in sustainable chemical design theory and practice explains it: "A product is only as sustainable as the materials it is made from." Small group exercises will help establish awareness about how and where this information can be applied in practice and how organizations have an opportunity to lead in this area.