greenUP!: Identifying chemical business sector and trade associations

Project title

Assist Nevada Statewide Green Business Program: Research Chemical Business Sector and Trade Associations

Research question

What business sector trade associations are there nationwide with Nevada affiliations? What are the key environmental challenges facing the chemical sector? We are looking for chemical manufacturers or manufactures that use chemicals. Who are these manufacturers (list) and what is the best way to reach out to them?

Background

greenUP! is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that provides Environmental Education for businesses helping Nevada cut down on waste, reduce valuable resource consumption and fight climate change in an environmentally safe and cost-effective manner.

greenUP! is working to launch of a certified green business program in Nevada and to build a statewide database to collect environmental outcome measures. The database is called GreenBizTracker, a web-based software program that provides an easy-to-use framework to help businesses adopt sustainable practices. Businesses move through an online checklist of verifiable environmental actions and receive a confidential environmental scorecard. The results are aggregated into environmental outcomes for Nevada. Statewide metrics include energy saved, gallons of water saved, tons of waste diverted from the landfill, reduction of hazardous materials and greenhouse gas emissions reduced. 

The research student would work closely with a greenUP! representative to learn basic information about GreenBizTracker and receive information about the sector being targeted. What are the key environmental challenges (energy usage, water, disposal of chemicals); are there alternative chemicals that can be considered and what federal programs are there (i.e., EPA’s Safer Choice Program)?

Deliverables

  1. The deliverable for this project is a compiled list (spreadsheet) of trade associations in Nevada (can be a national or international organization as long as there is an active Nevada chapter).
  2. A list of all the chemical manufacturers or manufacturers that use chemical processes in their products.
  3. A written report on suitable alternatives for commonly used chemicals.

Suggested skills

Preference will be given to students majoring in environmental science. The applicant should have some experience with research projects (i.e., know how to write and implement a survey, tabulate and analyze data). We also seek a hands-on person with a desire to make an impact in our community and to help preserve the planet. They should be proficient in the basic suite of Microsoft tools: word, PowerPoint, and excel, have a good handle on social media and be good with interacting with people on the telephone.

Agency representative

Donna Walden
donna.walden@me.com
(949) 306-3465