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Our recent partnership with Dow, allowed us to engage their academic partners around the Green Chemistry Commitment program and resulted in the first historically black university, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) signing onto the Commitment.
PVAMU joined the Commitment in June 2020 and despite the ever-changing and challenging times in higher education due to the ongoing pandemic, they are off and running with their Commitment to Green Chemistry education. The PVAMU Chemistry Department is already working to break the silos by collaborating with their Chemical Engineering Department to spread Green Chemistry education outside of their department and into relevant courses.
October 7, 2020
Our recent partnership with Dow, allowed us to engage their academic partners around the Green Chemistry Commitment program and resulted in the first historically black university, Prairie View A&M University…
Dow partnership brings new signers and support to the Green Chemistry Commitment
October 6, 2020 Wilmington, MA – Green chemistry education nonprofit Beyond Benign partnered with Dow (NYSE: DOW) at the start of 2020 to encourage academic institutions to engage in the adoption of green chemistry in higher education. Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that generate the least amount of harm and waste possible while maintaining excellent quality. Since 2007, Beyond Benign has integrated green chemistry into K-12 and higher education institutions through teacher training, lesson plans, community networks, webinars, and events.
“The team at Beyond Benign is very excited to partner with Dow,” says Amy Cannon, Beyond Benign’s Director and Co-Founder. “Chemistry and materials science companies design the building blocks of all the products around us. By supporting Beyond Benign’s Green Chemistry Commitment, Dow is demonstrating the importance of green chemistry skills and knowledge for their incoming workforce to enable the design of safer products and materials.”
Dow’s contribution through volunteer time and corporate sustainability expertise to engage academic stakeholders in companywide goals, as well as financial support, is allowing Beyond Benign to increase partnerships with university programs through its Green Chemistry Commitment program. The Green Chemistry Commitment program fosters a community of practice among higher education institutions to share resources and best practices in implementing green chemistry in their courses and programs. Currently Beyond Benign’s GCC program, includes signers from 70 institutions reaching over 1,300 faculty members who are united around a shared vision to:
- Expand the community of green chemists at their institutions,
- Grow departmental resources,
- Improve connections to industry and job opportunities in green chemistry, and
- Collaborate to affect systemic and lasting change in chemistry education.
“Dow is committed to advance the well-being of humanity through science, innovation and collaboration. It is vital that our university partners are aligned and engaged with Dow, across all our value chains, to help solve our world’s sustainability challenges. Our partnership with Beyond Benign aligns with our ‘Safe Materials for a Sustainable Planet’ goal by ensuring our incoming workforce is prepared to design sustainable materials for the marketplace,” says Eunice Heath, Corporate Director of Sustainability for Dow.
Beyond Benign’s Green Chemistry Commitment program is dedicated to integrating green chemistry and toxicology concepts into chemistry programs with the goal of providing students with the skills to design chemical products/processes that have reduced human and environmental hazards. Seven of Dow’s academic partners are signed on to Beyond Benign’s Green Chemistry Commitment: University of Minnesota, University of California Berkeley, University of California Santa Barbara, Michigan State University, Prairie View A&M University, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Wayne State University. To learn more about this program and which universities have signed the pledge, please visit Beyond Benign’s website: https://www.beyondbenign.org/he-green-chemistry-commitment/
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 choose 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 70 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.
Find us on Twitter @beyondbenign, on Instagram @beyondbenign, and follow us on Facebook @beyondbenign or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/beyond-benign-inc/.
Nicki Wiggins, Director of Development
October 6, 2020
Dow partnership brings new signers and support to the Green Chemistry Commitment October 6, 2020 Wilmington, MA – Green chemistry education nonprofit Beyond Benign partnered with Dow (NYSE: DOW) at…
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Ambrose University recently signed Beyond Benign’s Green Chemistry Commitment! “We engaged Ambrose University based on contributions to the green chemistry education field made by Dr. Liza Abraham,” stated Beyond Benign’s Executive Director, Dr. Amy Cannon, “We are excited to have Ambrose University join our Green Chemistry Commitment community of over 70 college and universities to share their work, learn from like-minded colleagues and collaborate to advance sustainability practices in chemistry education.”
Read more about Ambrose University and the announcement about their recent signing here
View the Ambrose University Who’s Committed profile here
September 30, 2020
Ambrose University recently signed Beyond Benign’s Green Chemistry Commitment! “We engaged Ambrose University based on contributions to the green chemistry education field made by Dr. Liza Abraham,” stated Beyond Benign’s Executive…
In our September Newsletter, we highlight some of the changes that happened in our team and also in our community over the last couple of months! Read the “Changing the way we do chemistry” newsletter here or find specific information on the links below!
September 25, 2020
Our very own Janie Butler was featured by her alma mater, Loyola University of Maryland. During her time as an undergrad, Loyola signed on to there Green Chemistry Commitment and…
Mollie Enright, our Graduate Student Liaison, has just participated in the Virtual ACS Kids Zone! This event allowed the general public to explore the wonders of chemistry by featuring popular STEM advocates showing different hands-on activities! With the “Innovate with Bioplastics” activity, Mollie showed how you can create your own edible water pods and also discussed the importance of Earth-friendly plastics! To access Mollie’s and other presentations at the ACS Kids Zone, just click here!
September 15, 2020
Mollie Enright, our Graduate Student Liaison, has just participated in the Virtual ACS Kids Zone! This event allowed the general public to explore the wonders of chemistry by featuring popular…
Our certified Lead Teachers Cassandra Knutson and Cassidy Javner, together with Jane Wissinger from the University of Minnesota (one of our Green Chemistry Commitment Signing Institutions) have just published a chapter in the eBook Chemistry Education for a Sustainable Society Volume 1: High School, Outreach, & Global Perspectives, by ACS Symposium Series. In the chapter Designing Impactful Green and Sustainable Chemistry Workshops for High School Teachers, Cassandra, Cassidy, and Jane describe the design and implementation of a three-day workshop with the goals of training and supporting high school teachers to incorporate Green and Sustainable Chemistry into their classrooms. To read the eBook, please access: https://pubs.acs.org/isbn/9780841237551
September 3, 2020
Our certified Lead Teachers Cassandra Knutson and Cassidy Javner, together with Jane Wissinger from the University of Minnesota (one of our Green Chemistry Commitment Signing Institutions) have just published a…
The Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale, together with the UNIDO Global Green Chemistry Initiative created a descriptive and informative guide with reasons and means in which industries and governments can apply Green Chemistry. In this roadmap, you can find a background on Green Chemistry and its importance, instructions for its implementation, references, technical information, and case studies. The Yale-UNIDO Guide to Green Chemistry can be accessed at: https://www.global-green-chemistry-initiative.com/guidance-document
September 1, 2020
The Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale, together with the UNIDO Global Green Chemistry Initiative created a descriptive and informative guide with reasons and means in which…
Over this summer, we have had hundreds of High School and Middle School students tour through our facilities and learn about Green Chemistry. None of this would have been possible without the hard work and passion of our summer interns, Madi Morin, Sunatib Choundry, and Rahul Reddy Alla. Find out below what it’s like to intern in Green Chemistry education.
Beyond Benign and Education First STEM Tour Reflection, by Madi Morin
“Over the past two months, it has been a privilege to help lead the Beyond Benign stop of the Education First STEM tours. With hundreds of students of various ages passing through, I have been able to gain experience in both the fields of science and education. My limited knowledge and lens of viewing chemistry has expanded to imagine the possibilities of it blurring socio-economic lines, entering the industries of business, cosmetology, athletics, and apparel, and understanding the practicalities of inventing products that are benign at the molecular level versus the unnecessary “reality” of chemistry containing hazardous materials. I have been provided the space and time to reflect on how this booming industry can continue to grow and what my role looks like within it. This opportunity has knocked down my stereotypes of scientists in labs being limited in their interpersonal development and of research and chemical reactions being a linear process. My understanding of communication and collaboration has grown as I see the scientists at WBI working across multiple different disciplines and my appreciation for innovative and logical thinking has expanded when I see how instrumental creativity is in developing new products. Thank you for providing me with both the resources to be set up to succeed and the freedom to make changes and confidently own the fieldtrips. I have been challenged to strengthen my foundation in green chemistry so that I am able to communicate the message to middle schoolers, high schoolers, special education students, and even pupils speaking a different language. Thank you again, it has been a phenomenal experience!”
August 27, 2020
Over this summer, we have had hundreds of High School and Middle School students tour through our facilities and learn about Green Chemistry. None of this would have been possible…