Thankful for Our Advocates – November 2022

Dear Chemistry Advocates,

This November, we’re thankful for the #BusinessofChemistry – the 537,000 chemists, innovators, engineers, environmental scientists, and skilled workers that make our society what it is today

It’s their work that has enabled the metamorphosis of America’s manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and construction industries to be more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and safer than ever before.

We’re also grateful for YOU – our advocates who help spread those voices across the country and make sure they are heard by elected officials, neighbors and friends.

Your continued engagement in #TeamChemistry will keep the #BusinessofChemistry strong and innovative for many years to come.

Tell Congress to Vote YES on H.J. Res 100!

Unions representing thousands of workers at the nation’s freight railroads are poised to go on strike, shutting down rail service across the country.

We need your help encouraging Congress to support H.J. Res 100 to prevent a devastating railroad worker strike! 

If Congress fails to act to prevent a rail strike, the U.S. freight rail system would be brought to a standstill – harming constituents across the country by stopping the flow of goods and materials that are critical to everyday life. Recent economic analysis shows that a strike lasting just one month would:

  • Pull nearly $160 billion dollars out of the economy
  • Trigger the loss of 700,000 jobs across multiple industries and economic sectors
  • Spike inflation with a 4% increase to the Producer Price Index (PPI)

Share a scholarship with a student during #NationalScholarshipMonth

Watch out, Kylie Jenner! @FOSSISTEM is looking to take over as the most-followed account on social media. 

The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) is now on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn! Let’s help them grow their following during #NationalScholarshipMonth so they can reach more students during the application period, running through January 31, 2023.

FOSSI is a national chemical industry-wide scholarship program which provides students $40,000 scholarships and connects them to leadership development, mentoring and internship opportunities in their field of study. 

Learn more:

Member Highlight – Advancing a Circular Future

This month marked the end of years of anticipation for Pennsylvania residents, after Shell USA opened Shell Polymers Monaca. This plant is the largest investment in the state since the mid-century, and local leaders say the project is positioning the region for the future.

Shell spent the past six years and more than $6 billion building the plant, which now employs about 600 workers. Since the company announced plans for an ethane cracker in the region, the project has enjoyed the support of several governors. At the peak of construction, there were about 8,000 workers on site.

You can take a Virtual Tour of the campus online here!

We create it: the Science Behind the Newest Sustainable Technologies 

Recently, the U.S. chemistry industry has hit countless milestones in advancing sustainability through innovation, collaboration and technologies that enhance the safety and environmental impacts of products and operations worldwide.

Did you know that..

  • Use of plastics materials in building and construction saved 467.2 trillion BTUs of energy compared to other materials – equivalent to the amount of annual energy needed to power 4.6 million U.S. households?
  • Even as demand for chemistry products has increased, we’ve reduced the GHG intensity of our operations by more than 12 percent between 2017 and 2021.
  • Nalco, a leading provider of water treatment and process improvements, developed cooling water technologies that help save billions of gallons of water each year – equal to the yearly drinking water needs of more than 200 million people.
  • AmSty, a leading producer of polystyrene and styrene monomer, converted more than 800,000 pounds of polystyrene waste into recycled styrene monomer – equivalent to 30 million foam cups.

Better understanding how the #BusinessofChemistry is leading #Sustainability efforts is critical to ensuring this innovative work can continue. Visit our page on The Science behind Sustainability to learn more.

Connect with Chemistry

ACC Supports President Biden’s Call for Congressional Action to Prevent Rail Strike 

Weekly Chemistry & Economic Trends (November 18, 2022) 

New Video Highlights U.S. Business of Chemistry

ACC Concerned with EPA’s Proposed Supplemental Revisions to the TSCA Fees Rule 

New Economic Analysis Finds Rail Strike Could Fuel Recession 

ACC’s Plastics Division Announces Inaugural Innovation and Circularity Summit 

On America Recycles Day, ACC Highlights the Importance of Secondary Sortation to Recycle Greater Amounts and More Types of Plastics

Let’s Celebrate STEM Together!