Michael Woods is a science writer in the ACS Office of Communications. Prior to joining ACS, Woods was a newspaper science reporter in Washington, DC. His national journalism awards include the ACS’s prestigious James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. Woods’ also writes books, including more than 20 science titles for young readers co-authored with his spouse, Mary B. Woods, a school librarian.


Green chemistry is a far-ranging effort to reduce the environmental impact of the chemical enterprise. It focuses on developing and using technologies that are cleaner, smarter, less costly and more sustainable than approaches traditionally used in chemistry and chemical engineering. Authorities on green chemistry are gathering in Washington, D.C., June 26-30 for a conference that promises to be a bonanza of news and background for science and environmental journalists. It is the 10th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference []. Sponsors include the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the National Science Foundation, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the ACS Green Chemistry Initiative, the Mascaro Sustainability Initiative and the Pharmaceutical Roundtable. For information and media registration, contact Charmayne Marsh at 202-872-4445 or