The nonprofit Environmental Genome Initiative was founded in 2017 after Dr. Michael Overcash, Ph.D., and a number of his scientific colleagues discovered a repeating pyramidal shape as they mapped detailed chemical manufacturing processes.
The group’s discovery piqued the interest of the scientific community when it was revealed in a paper published by Dr. Overcash in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Green Chemistry Journal in March 2016.
The discovery was awarded the 2016 Innovation in Smart Chemistry Award, sponsored by Nike, NASA, the U.S. Department of State, the American Chemical Society Green Chemical Institute, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, attracting the interest of major corporations, public policymakers, and the philanthropic community.
Dr. Overcash, a chemical engineer and an environmental specialist who has researched industrial pollution prevention since 1980, founded the organization with fellow scientists specializing in chemical engineering, industrial engineering, environmental health, and human health. Many in the group had focused their work on green energy, process and sustainable systems engineering, chemical circularity, as well as life cycle impact and risk modeling.