California housing market shortage presents opportunity for new builders and SPF insulation

Research from the past several months has shown a shortage in the California housing market, with home sales down 14 percent compared to the average month across the last 30 years. It’s not just California either. In the spring, the National Association of Realtors reported the supply of homes across the United States at the […]

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In the zone: Appalachian region could become a major center of petrochemicals and plastics manufacturing

With its abundant energy resources and proximity to manufacturing markets, the Appalachian Region is poised to become a major center of petrochemical and plastics products manufacturing in the United States, similar to the Gulf Coast, according to a recent report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC). ACC’s report, The Potential Economic Benefits of an Appalachian […]

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Happy Anniversary, Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act

One year ago, Americans witnessed something happen in Washington that they don’t get to see all that often—the enactment of significant legislation with strong backing from both parties. In fact, it was the first major environmental law to make its way through Congress since 1990. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century […]

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Product stewardship helps keep workers ‘Safe + Sound’

This week, OSHA has announced events to highlight worker health and safety initiatives through its Safe + Sound Week. While safety is a cornerstone value for us every week, the American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is excited for the opportunity to highlight our commitment to safety and some of the ways we […]

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Marine litter: Let’s stay focused on solutions

Earlier this week I had the privilege of speaking at the German Mission during the United Nations’ “The Oceans Conference.” The conference was designed to advance implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas, and marine resources. And this obviously includes our shared goal of keeping plastics out of […]

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Neocon: Spotlight on high performing materials in interior design

Neocon bound? Designers heading to Chicago for Neocon this week will see the newest products and prototypes expected to transform spaces in commercial interior design. Interior designers can learn more about how chemistry contributes to these latest materials – whether it is in Sustainable surfaces and countertops made from a composite blend of epoxies, recycled glass, […]

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Chemical industry achieves record-setting process safety gains

This week, June 12-18, marks the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) inaugural Safe & Sound Week, a nationwide effort to help workers and managers understand the valuable role that occupational safety and health programs can play in helping to prevent workplace accidents. As a Safe & Sound Week Partner, ACC joins OSHA and […]

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Spray Foam Coalition continues sponsorship of DOE’s Race to Zero Student Design Competition

As we have for the past few years, the Spray Foam Coalition of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) sponsored the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition. This year, the first-place winner in the small multifamily housing contest – from Georgia Tech – used […]

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Plastics-to-fuel turns “waste” plastics into a valuable resource – while saving other resources in the process

A new study by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), part of the U.S. Department of Energy, found that converting non-recycled plastics into diesel fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 14 percent, water consumption by up to 58 percent, and traditional energy use by up to 96 percent compared to diesel production from traditional […]

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How can we fix our nation’s infrastructure problems? Put competition to work

Virtually every day in the U.S., we are flooded with more and more reports about growing problems with the nation’s crumbling water infrastructure. While the problem was first brought to the public’s awareness in Flint, water systems are failing in countless other cities, from Cleveland, to New Jersey, to Massachusetts. Now, we are seeing more […]

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