Safer Product Chemistry Program

Minnesota state government plays several roles in the chemistry of products:

  • Prevention - supporting voluntary or compliance-driven shifts to safer substitutes by Minnesota companies and their supply chains.
  • Research - studying the occurrence, effect, and sources of man-made chemicals in the environment and humans
  • Regulation - setting and enforcing standards for water, soil, air, and people, and in helping oversee restrictions on product chemistries enacted by Congress and the Minnesota Legislature

Chemicals in Products Interagency Team (CPIT) coordinates these functions across state government (MPCA, Department of Commerce, Department of Health). Initial priorities are encouraging and assessing compliance with Minnesota statutes restricting chemicals in various product types and educating citizens about chemical hazards.

In addition to supporting CPIT on regulation and education, MPCA uses prevention tools through its Green and Safer Product Chemistry program: grants for green chemistry projects, grants for the teaching of green chemistry practices, and the development of assistance and education resources.

We understand the complexity of the safety issues surrounding chemicals in products, and how addressing those issues by making substitutions can provoke a cascading series of other changes to products or production processes, in order to meet customers’ performance expectations.

But we know safer substitutions have been and will continue to be accomplished by Minnesota companies, and hope to engage with you to find ways we can most effectively support you in achieving them—to the betterment of environment and human health—but also to help you meet changing customer demands, sustain revenue, and stay competitive.


Grants for business

Green Chemistry and Engineering Internship grant

Through these grants, both the company and an intern gain experience in advancing the practice of green chemistry and engineering within the host company, applied to one or more of the company’s products or components in any way that supports improved product safety.

In summer 2019, an intern is working with the grantee Healthy Building Network to expand their Pharos and Data Commons tools, which accelerate the assessment and selection of alternatives to toxic substances by product makers and purchasers.

Past grants

Grants for educators

Recently awarded. Macalaster College received a 2016 Environmental Assistance grant to develop new lab experiments for introductory and advanced chemistry that incorporate the twelve principles of Green Chemistry. In particular, the use of safer solvents and auxiliaries in reactions, designing safer chemicals, prevention of waste through atom economic syntheses, and analysis for pollution prevention.

Past projects.

Replacement projects

BPA and BPS in thermal paper

NPE in detergents

Fiberglass-reinforced plastics

Preservatives in personal care and household products (Green Chemistry & Commerce Council)


Chemicals in the environment

Chemicals in people

Sources of chemicals