Academia & Institutional
To prepare students pursuing the sciences for sustainable practices in industry, Green Chemistry education is essential in academia. Green Chemistry is making its way into the undergraduate and graduate level curriculum. Beyond Benign is partnering with academic and educational organizations to bring Green Chemistry education to academic institutions across the country and worldwide.
The Green Chemistry Commitment is a consortium program that unites the green chemistry community around shared goals and a common vision to:
- expand the community of green chemists
- grow departmental resources
- improve connections to industry and job opportunities in green chemistry
- affect systemic and lasting change in chemistry education
Colleges and Universities are signing on to the Commitment to transform chemistry education at their own institutions. The Commitment will track progress towards green chemistry implementation and adoption within chemistry departments.
Green Chemistry Commitment How-To Kit [PDF]
New Solutions 2011 Cannon & Warner [PDF]
GCC Case Studies - UC Berkeley & Gordon College [PDF]
"Green Chemistry Commitment" -
Chemical & Engineering News [PDF]
The Ivory Tower Goes Green
September 8, 2008
A FEW YEARS AGO one of Irv Levy's students told him she wanted to write her organic chemistry research paper on green chemistry. Levy was skeptical. He didn't think green chemistry sounded like "real chemistry." "It sounded like touchy-feely tree hugging," he recalls. "I recommended that she consider another topic, but she insisted." So he reluctantly agreed. Read more of the article "The Ivory Tower Goes Green" in Chemical and Engineering News...
Apply Now! Green Chemistry Training for Faculty!
Available for faculty from U.S. EPA Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and eight Tribal Nations
When: July 18 – 21, 2013
Where: Siena College, Loudonville, NY
What: The Green Chemistry in Higher Education workshop is a three-day hands-on workshop for EPA Region 2 colleges and universities. The goal of the workshop is to catalyze the adoption of green chemistry within chemistry programs at Region 2 higher education institutions. The workshop will feature sessions on different methodologies for infusing green chemistry in to chemistry courses, including: implementing industrial case studies in higher education, adopting greener laboratory exercises, green chemistry and toxicology in lecture courses and working sessions on re-designing curricular materials.
The workshop is open to all Region 2 faculty members from higher education institutions. All food and lodging expenses will be paid for participating faculty. Download the Flyer & Application [PDF]
Green Chemistry Commitment
Congratulations to the Green Chemistry Commitment Advisory Board for the work done this summer to promote the Green Chemistry Commitment at numerous conferences. Read about it in the most recent edition of Chemical & Engineering News.Read More...
Our Current Initiatives in Academia
Beyond Benign is currently involved with the following projects:
- Green Chemistry Education Network: The GCEdNet is a group of educators across the country that share Green Chemistry resources.
- Green Chemistry Science Licensure Course: An introductory course for science teachers as part of a science licensure program.
- Green Chemistry Curriculum Development: As part of an initiative to bring Green Chemistry to a wider audience, Beyond Benign has partnered with industrial partners to expand Green Chemistry in the undergraduate curricula.
Beyond Benign partners with organizations to develop comprehensive programs and materials for Green Chemistry education, working in the following capacities:
- Program Development: We work with faculty and administrators to guide the implementation of Green Chemistry courses and programs.
- Course Development and Facilitation: We develop Green Chemistry courses for various academic levels and will facilitate the running of the course.
- Curriculum Development & Implementation: We develop curriculum tailored to the institution's needs and help deliver it to the institution's target audience.
- Student Fellowship Program: We work with undergraduate and graduate students and their mentors and advisors on Green Chemistry research and educational topics to enhance student learning and to increase students' involvement in the field of Green Chemistry.