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Getting Started

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Looking for ways to implement green chemistry practices in your courses or programs? Or, are you looking to build upon your own success and share your best practices? Sign on to the Green Chemistry Commitment, join one of our Working Groups, or learn about our Toxicology for Chemists program.

SIGN THE GREEN CHEMISTRY COMMITMENT

Be part of a growing number of colleges and universities who are committed to integrating green chemistry throughout their courses and programs.
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IMPLEMENT GREEN CHEMISTRY CURRICULUM

Access resources such as greener chemistry experiments, the Green Chemistry Organic Chemistry Resource Guides for selecting greener experiments for the organic chemistry lab and our Toxicology for Chemists curriculum.
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LISTEN TO A WEBINAR

Our Green Chemistry Education webinars are for faculty and students looking to adopt green chemistry and toxicology in their courses and programs. Tune-in for an upcoming webinar, or access our webinar archive.
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JOIN A WORKING GROUP

Our working groups meet on a regular basis via Conference Call to share resources, work collaboratively on topics of common interest, and organize workshops or conference symposia to advance green chemistry objectives.
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TEACH TOXICOLOGY IN YOUR CURRICULUM

Join our Toxicology for Chemists Working Group, or browse our growing list of resources for integrating toxicology concepts into chemistry courses. Learn how you can begin to teach toxicology concepts to your students.
Toxicology for chemists

ATTEND A CONFERENCE OR WORKSHOP

We organize and facilitate workshops and symposia at national chemistry and chemistry education conferences on green chemistry and toxicology. Join us at an upcoming conference.
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green chemistry in practice

Greener Oxidation Reaction

Greener chemistry experiments in the college teaching lab can result in the reduction of human and environmental hazards. For example, by performing an oxidation reaction using a sodium molybdate catalyst activated by aqueous hydrogen peroxide instead of a traditional chromium compound in anhydrous diethyl ether, over 0.8 lb of chromium compound and 0.2 gallons of diethyl ether can be avoided per 100 students – eliminating the use of a carcinogen and highly flammable solvent.
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Polymerization

By implementing greener chemistry experiments, waste disposal and purchasing costs can be reduced. For example, by switching to a greener polymerization reaction of aspartic acid to create poly(aspartate), 3 liters of halogenated solvent waste can be avoided per 100 students, reducing waste disposal costs – and, purchasing costs can be dropped to close to $20 per 100 students (from $160 for the traditional approach), avoiding the use of hazardous reagents such as thionyl chloride.
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Celebrate Invention

Green chemistry provides students with the skills to design and select green chemistry alternative chemical products and processes. These 21st century skills are essential in today’s society and in a growing industrial market for greener chemicals, which is projected to be a $100 billion market by 2020 (Pike Research).
View the presentation by Dr. John Warner

"We need to make green chemistry education a more generalized and broad component to the education of all chemists and scientists.”"

- William Tolman, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Chair, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Minnesota