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SoluSave is a company that is looking at recycling laboratory solvents with an in-situ, microscale device. They are a start-up based in Toronto, Ontario and they are currently working with an entrepreneurial incubator called the University of Toronto Hatchery. The SoluSave team consists of undergraduate engineering students at the University of Toronto and a recent chemistry graduate.
This idea was formulated by SoluSave’s original co-founder’s Leanna and John in March of 2019. They both noticed that the issue of solvent waste was ever prevalent in undergraduate laboratories where liters of solvent waste were generated in every laboratory course. At the University of Toronto, there is a strong emphasis on the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry in the undergraduate laboratory courses, this is in part due to the department signing onto the Green Chemistry Commitment program in 2016. However, the department has had a long history of fostering a culture of Green Chemistry practice among students, so it’s not surprising they were inspired to reduce their solvent waste as undergraduates. However, as they moved into the graduate research laboratories, they noticed that the extent of solvent waste was still prominent in these settings.
SoluSave was fortunate to be awarded the 2019 University of Toronto Sustainability and Innovation Prize. The team behind the idea is from the University of Toronto. John Russell completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and will be attending the University of Pennsylvania to earn his Ph.D. in Chemistry. Leanna Smid recently completed her undergraduate degree specializing in biological chemistry. Leanna will be pursuing a Masters of Business and Science at Utrecht University. Joseph Kamangu joined the SoluSave team earlier this year and is pursuing a major in Civil Engineering. Diana Li is studying in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and is also minoring in Engineering Business and Environmental Engineering.
June 26, 2020
SoluSave is a company that is looking at recycling laboratory solvents with an in-situ, microscale device. They are a start-up based in Toronto, Ontario and they are currently working with […]
Our Higher Education Program Manager Natalie O’Neil has just released her purpose video created for the Advancing Green Chemistry Science Communication Fellowship, in collaboration with the Science Communication Network, a non-profit dedicated to helping scientists interact with the media.
Learn more about Natalie and her path to Green Chemistry and to join our team in the video below! Read more about Natalie and see other Fellow videos on the Environmental Health News website under the section Cutting Edge of Science.
June 18, 2020
Our Higher Education Program Manager Natalie O’Neil has just released her purpose video created for the Advancing Green Chemistry Science Communication Fellowship, in collaboration with the Science Communication Network, a […]
Our Co-Founder and Executive Director Amy Cannon, our K-12 Education Director Kate Anderson, and our Green Chemistry Commitment Director Irv Levy, together with Amy Keirstead, Reuben Hudson, Jennifer MacKellar, Mollie Enright, and Elizabeth Howson have just published a paper in the Journal of Chemical Education.
In this amazing collaboration, you can learn more about the benefits of applying green chemistry activities through K-12 and community outreach, and the importance of creating a safer environment for student engagement.
Access this publication here!
Safe and Sustainable Chemistry Activities: Fostering a Culture of Safety in K-12 and Community Outreach Programs
June 15, 2020
Our Co-Founder and Executive Director Amy Cannon, our K-12 Education Director Kate Anderson, and our Green Chemistry Commitment Director Irv Levy, together with Amy Keirstead, Reuben Hudson, Jennifer MacKellar, Mollie […]
The Co-Founder of Green Chemistry, Co-Founder of Beyond Benign and our Director of Science and Innovation John Warner had the pleasure to participate in The Bottom Line Podcast, organized by Harvard Ventures. In this podcast, John talks about his path to becoming an inventor and shares with us the influence of green chemistry in business, politics, innovation, and in our society, using his own deeper and different view of things.
Access John’s podcast here!
If you joined us during Earth Month for our Green Chemistry webinar and Q&A session with Dr. John Warner and Dr. Amy Cannon, the Co-Founders of Beyond Benign, you know “We are all in this together“. Chemists and non-chemists must join forces to invent a future we can all be proud of. To expand these connections, our June newsletter is packed with Green Chemistry opportunities for everyone across the education and industry continuum. Read more here or find specific information on the links below!
- How does Green Chemistry help me do my job?
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- Higher Education Faculty
- High School Educators
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- New K-12 and Higher Ed Resources
June 1, 2020
If you joined us during Earth Month for our Green Chemistry webinar and Q&A session with Dr. John Warner and Dr. Amy Cannon, the Co-Founders of Beyond Benign, you know […]
Beyond Benign is collaborating with the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) to empower educators to advance sustainable science education in the New York region. Through fostering a regional green chemistry education community in New York, Beyond Benign aims to equip teachers to integrate green chemistry and sustainable STEM into their classrooms. This project is designed to drive awareness of green chemistry education and hazardous material clean out programs for high school classrooms and train teachers in green chemistry concepts and curriculum. Applying green chemistry principles in New York schools will effectively address all three key areas of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s mission of: reducing the use of hazardous chemicals, reducing emissions and waste generated along with increasing the efficient use of raw materials, energy, and water.
In partnership with NYSP2I, Beyond Benign is excited to offer New York State teachers free opportunities to learn more about green chemistry education, access to open-source green chemistry curriculum, and information on NYSP2I’s chemical clean out programs. The New York programming leads off with a webinar on May 29, 2020 at 12:00PM EST titled “Webinar: “Sparking Student Interest with Safer, Greener Chemistry”. This webinar will highlight Annette Sebuyira and Jim Burdick, two active New York State Master Teachers and Beyond Benign Lead Teachers, and how they combine the inquiry process and green chemistry in their classroom to keep students engaged and curious. They will share how to explore phenomena and fill your students with wonder while cultivating a safe and sustainable culture in your lab by examining chemical or physical changes and endothermic or exothermic reactions. This free event is co-organized by Beyond Benign and New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.
Following the webinar, Beyond Benign in partnership with New York State Pollution Prevention Institute will offer full scholarships to Beyond Benign’s asynchronous green chemistry online courses. These two courses are in a 6-8 week an asynchronous format and equivalent of 48 credit-hours with optional 3 graduate education credits available.* These courses are taught by Beyond Benign Lead Teachers, Tayna Elmer, and Ann Lambert, who have extensive experience teaching green chemistry in their classroom and developing green chemistry curriculum.
More details on the online courses are below:
This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and resources to integrate green chemistry principles and practices into your teaching through real-world sustainable innovations. Participants will engage in forum discussions and lesson plan development. Register here by June 1st: http://bit.ly/IntroGCOnline2020
Advanced Green Chemistry: Connections to Our World June 15- July 27, 2020:
This course is designed for teachers already implementing green chemistry in their classes. Expand your knowledge of green chemistry principles and practices by investigating pedagogy strategies for effectively guiding student-based research projects and inquiry-based projects. Register here by June 1st: http://bit.ly/Advancedgconline2020
*optional $135 graduate credit is available from Colorado School of Mines for teachers from across the country, including New York teachers.
The funding for the programs above offered by Beyond Benign and NYSP2I is provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. © 2020 Rochester Institute of Technology. Any opinions, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations, or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.
Teachers interested in staying informed on the latest offerings from Beyond Benign, please sign up at: https://bit.ly/BeyondBenign_Newsletter
About Beyond Benign:
Beyond Benign, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, envisions a world where the chemical building blocks of products used every day are healthy and safe for humans and the environment. Beyond Benign is fostering a green chemistry education community empowered to transform chemistry education for a sustainable future. Beyond Benign’s continuum of sustainable science educational programs including, teacher and faculty training, and curriculum development from K-20 are helping to build the next generation of scientists and citizens with the skills and knowledge to create and chose products that are safe for human health and the environment. Over the past 13 years, Beyond Benign has an extensive history of service, having trained over 6,000 K-12 teachers in sustainable science and green chemistry, designed over 200 open-access lessons, reached over 25,000 youth and community members through outreach, & partnered with over 65 universities to transform chemistry education. Together we can catalyze the development of green technological innovations that result in safer products and processes in support of a sustainable, healthy society.
Nicki Wiggins, Director of Development
Beyond Benign Collaborates with New York State Pollution Prevention Institute to Empower K-12 Educators in New York
May 22, 2020
Beyond Benign is collaborating with the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) to empower educators to advance sustainable science education in the New York region. Through fostering a regional […]
What are the steps we need to take to produce safer everyday products and what is the role of Green Chemistry in all of this? Our Co-Founder John Warner explains in this piece by Meg Wilcox on Ensia with other leaders in the field such as Green Chemistry & Commerce Council – GC3 and more. Read more here!
Everyday Products are Full of Harmful Chemicals. Can Green Chemistry Lead the Way to Safer Alternatives?
May 5, 2020
What are the steps we need to take to produce safer everyday products and what is the role of Green Chemistry in all of this? Our Co-Founder John Warner explains […]
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Our Communications Intern Juliana Vidal shares her perspectives and feelings about being a chemistry graduate student in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Times are uncertain and the approach used is different, but the goal remains the same, read more from Juliana in the Chemical Institute of Canada article.
So, now what? The perspectives of a “laboratory-less” chemistry graduate student amid the COVID-19 outbreak
May 5, 2020
Our Communications Intern Juliana Vidal shares her perspectives and feelings about being a chemistry graduate student in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Times are uncertain and the approach used is […]
Beyond Benign had the pleasure to be spotlighted on the R.W. Kern Center‘s blog in celebration of Earth Month! Come and learn more about Green Chemistry, how it can be applied, and its importance in a successful path towards sustainability! Check out the Spotlight here
April 30, 2020
Beyond Benign had the pleasure to be spotlighted on the R.W. Kern Center‘s blog in celebration of Earth Month! Come and learn more about Green Chemistry, how it can be […]