P2 Science Co-Founder, Professor Paul Anastas, wins Volvo Environment Prize 2021
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The research of Paul Anastas “is revolutionizing the chemical industry, a key contribution to meeting the sustainability challenge,” says the Prize Jury.
Woodbridge, CT – November 2nd, 2021 – P2 Science Inc., a green chemistry company, is proud to announce that the company’s co-founder and chair of the scientific advisory board, Paul Anastas has won the 2021 Volvo Environment Prize.
The Volvo prize is one of the world’s most respected scientific awards. In a statement released by the Volvo Environment Prize Foundation, Martin Lundstedt, President of the Foundation and Volvo Group CEO, commented: “How we tackle the enormous environmental challenges ahead must be guided by science. That is the reason for the Volvo Environment Prize’s existence. But the Prize doesn’t exist just to tell the scientists: good job. It’s also here to tell everyone else to listen and to act.”
Paul Anastas, widely known as the “father of green chemistry,” set about to change the unintended consequences of chemistry early in his career as a staff chemist in the US Environmental Protection Agency. He co- founded the Green Chemistry Institute and later served as an advisor in the White House and chief scientist at EPA. Professor Anastas is currently Director of Yale University’s Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. He is also a valued member of the scientific advisory board of P2 Science.
Says the jury of the Volvo Environment Prize Foundation: “Paul Anastas’ research is revolutionizing the chemical industry, from fundamental reaction methods to applications as diverse as processing foods and producing green hydrogen.”
About P2 Science
P2 Science is a green chemistry company, co-founded by Professor Paul Anastas, head of the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering and Dr. Patrick Foley. P2 has developed and patented technologies for converting renewable feedstocks into high-value specialty products. Investors in P2 include BASF Venture Capital, Xeraya Capital, Elm Street Ventures, Connecticut Innovations, Ironwood Capital, HG Ventures and Chanel. The company started up its first manufacturing plant in September of 2018 which produces novel renewable aroma chemicals and cosmetic ingredients. For more information, visit www.p2science.com.
About the Volvo Prize
The Volvo Environment Prize has for 32 years been awarded annually to people who have made outstanding scientific discoveries within sustainability. Three of the laureates have later been awarded the Nobel Prize. The Prize will be celebrated on Dec 1. with a live streaming prize ceremony and seminar. For more information, visit www.environment-prize.com