WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking companies or institutions to nominate their innovative technologies for the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, according to a press release.

EPA is looking for nominations from companies and institutions that have developed safer chemical processes and products that may reduce the generation and use of chemicals that are hazardous to people’s health and the environment, noted the release.

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“The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards recognize innovative technologies that are making chemicals and chemical processes safer, more efficient or cleaner. These game-changing technologies are having real world results with significant reductions in waste and greenhouse gas emissions as well as substantial savings of water and other resources,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “As an added benefit, these technologies often result in reduced costs, increased market opportunities or both. EPA is complementing the Award Program by providing a forum for winners and nominees to focus on maximizing their investment in green chemistry.”

Nominations for innovative technologies that feature the design of greener chemicals/products, greener chemical synthesis or greener chemical reactions are due to the agency by April 30, reported the release.

According to the release, EPA anticipates recognizing five award winning green chemistry technologies this fall.

Read the full release here.