Beyond Benign

What We Do


Beyond Benign develops and disseminates green chemistry and sustainable science educational resources that empower educators, students and the community at large to practice sustainability through chemistry.

We work directly with educators and a network of strategic partners focused on science education, sustainability, innovation and initiatives supporting human and environmental health to provide an educational continuum from K-12 to higher education with an important community engagement component.

what we do

Our workshops and courses provide educators with the skills and tools to teach green chemistry in their classrooms and laboratories.

Our informal education materials engage students in hands-on learning through enrichment programs and activities that supplement formal education programs.

We provide educators with specialized open-access curriculum – including over 200 lesson plans and units – focused on sustainable science, green chemistry and related subjects. The materials are designed by curriculum experts and linked to state and national standards.

Our College Student Fellows engage with K-12 students in their community through hands-on educational activities based on green chemistry and sustainable innovations.

Our Lead Teacher Program trains K-12 science educators to be leaders in their region, contributing to curriculum development and professional development workshops for their peers.

Through the Green Chemistry Commitment and collaborative projects, we support higher education institutions with the integration of green chemistry across the sub-disciplines of chemistry.

Our Toxicology for Chemists higher education curriculum prepares the next generation of  chemists to create products that are safe for humans and the environment.

our service and impact

sustainability through chemistry

The Challenge – Society depends on the molecular building blocks (chemicals) that are the foundation of the products we use. From life-saving pharmaceutical drugs to high performance materials – without chemicals and chemical products our standard of living would significantly decline. The challenge is to provide society with essential chemical products, while maintaining chemical products that are economical, sustainable, and high performing.

Our Approach – Green Chemistry is the design of chemical products that reduce the use or generation of hazardous substances. By supporting educators and students to teach and learn green chemistry and sustainable science in K-20, Beyond Benign is equipping the next generation of scientists and citizens with the tools required to design and select products that support human health and the environment.

theory of change

Education is central to creating lasting change in any movement. Through green chemistry education, we can catalyze green technological innovations that result in less hazardous materials, products and processes in support of a sustainable, healthy society.

Theory of Change
Theory of Change

K-12 – Education is at the core of developing a skilled scientific workforce and knowledgeable citizenry who are prepared to design and choose products that are safe for human health and the environment. Scientists are inspired, and perceptions of science are shaped early in education, making K-12 education essential.

Higher Education – Through the integration of green chemistry and toxicology within higher education, students can be trained to recognize and design-out molecular hazards at the earliest stage of a molecule or material lifecycle.

Green Chemistry Industry Innovation – Scientists with the skills to design products that have reduced human health and environmental impacts apply their training towards innovating solutions to sustainability challenges.

Benign Materials, Processes and Products – Products and processes are available in the marketplace that are safe and healthy for humans and the environment.

Sustainable Human and Environmental Health – Through green chemistry education and innovation a sustainable society can be realized, supporting a healthy population and a stable environment.