(62d) Environmental Genome: New Database for Public Health and Chemical/Materials Manufacturing
Environmental sustainability of consumer, industrial, and military products includes understanding the manufacturing processes and tools for improvement of the approximately 100,000 chemicals-in-commerce. These materials are the scaffolding of all global products. All of these chemicals and materials have full scale manufacturing processes, energy requirements, and unique environmental emissions that represent public health implications. There are public health and environmental impacts (local and global) that need data such as the Environmental Genome (EG) to fully diagnose and change. With 70%-90% of all chronic disease attributed to the environment, these emissions in manufacturing are a significant factor. Chemical engineering technology has been used to map chemical manufacturing and make a direct contribution to public health. The Environmental Genome Initiative is focused on mapping the 100,000 industrial chemicals used to build our societal products. With data on about 2% of the full chemicals-in-commerce available, the impact of mapping the EG will grow substantially. It is the first effort to completely describe the flow of the entire set of individual chemicals represented in the global chemical sector. The EG database is a powerful tool for the development of analytics and computer science applications in fields such as national security, maternal and personal health, product design, and chemical manufacturing. This paper describes the origins and progress in mapping the Environmental Genome and some of the first analytics developed.