Our higher education programs are centered around The Green Chemistry Commitment program, which supports college and university faculty and students in implementing and sharing best practices in green chemistry theory and practice through collaborative working groups, a webinar series, and green chemistry curriculum. Learn more about the program, how to implement green chemistry in your course, or visit our For Students page to learn how students are bringing green chemistry to their campuses.
"The goal of Green Chemistry is for the term to disappear and it simply becomes how we practice chemistry."
- John C. Warner, Co-Founder of Beyond Benign and the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
frequently asked questions
Why green chemistry in higher education?
There are many benefits to implementing green chemistry in higher education courses and labs – including, reducing waste, reducing costs, peaking student interest, and better preparing students with 21st century skills.
Is it more expensive?
No, costs associated with hazardous waste and purchasing costs often are reduced upon implementing greener chemistry experiments within higher education. See our Higher Education Case Studies (in the organic chem section of our higher ed curriculum) for quantitative evaluations of the costs associated with traditional versus greener laboratory experiments.
Is industry interested in green chemistry?
Students with green chemistry skills are valued by industry and the greener chemicals market is projected to be a $100 billion market by 2020 (Pike Research). Green chemistry provides an added value for industry – helping to reduce costs associated with the use and generation of hazardous substances, providing a platform for innovation in creating chemical solutions, and also can be found to achieve a quicker time-to-market for products.