21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference | June 13-15, 2017 | Reston, Virginia

Breaking the Silos: Public-Private Sector Collaborations to Advance Green Chemistry

Symposium Organizers: Saskia van Bergen, Green Chemistry Scientist, Washington State Department of Ecology; Dr. Amy Cannon, Executive Director, Beyond Benign; Jeffrey Whitford, Head of Corporate Responsibility, MilliporeSigma

“Creating a better world requires teamwork, partnership, and collaboration…”
– Simon Mainwaring

Collaborations allow one to leverage resources, strengthen ideas and develop larger projects.  They are common between faculty from different universities that work in similar disciplines or companies from similar industries working together to remove redundancy. But collaborating within these silos often limits the perspectives, ideas, and skill sets that participants bring to the table.

Collaborations between different sectors, industries, or academic disciplines create opportunities to develop better products and create more dynamic practical learning experiences. These types of collaborations are more challenging and less common. Breaking out of this silo takes effort—it requires resources, coordination, and solid communication.

In this session, groups from Academia, Industry, Government and Non-Profits will discuss their collaborative models, what resources have been applied, and the outcomes including the added value and challenges the collaborations provided.