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As a student, you have the power to create meaningful change on your campus and in your community. Find out how to bring green chemistry to your campus, research, and community – or connect with other like-minded students, here’s how to make it happen:


Advocate for your chemistry department to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment, joining a growing number of colleges and universities who are committed to integrating green chemistry throughout their courses and programs.
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Adopt green chemistry activities within your existing chemistry club or chapter, or create a new club for students to join and contribute. Learn how other student chapters have implemented green chemistry in their student activities.
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Advocate for greener experiments for your chemistry lab courses, or make greener solvent and reagent choices in your research. Greener chemistry can have significant benefits within research and teaching labs, including waste and cost reduction.
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Learn about Beyond Benign’s College Student Fellows program, or connect with a student group from one of the Green Chemistry Commitment signer schools, such as the University of Toronto’s Green Chemistry Initiative. Learn how students are leading change at their own institutions and beyond.
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additional resources

Student-Led Organizations:

Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists & Engineers (NESSE): A community of students and early-career scientists and engineers connecting to tackle global sustainability challenges.

Green chemistry Initiative, University of Toronto: A student-run organization based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto. The group provides green chemistry resources to promote sustainability in chemistry research and education.

Greener Chemistry Resources:

American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute’s Pharmaceutical Roundtable Reagent Guides: Encourages chemists to choose greener reagents based on reagent utility, greenness and scalability.

My Green Lab: An organization dedicated to greening research labs by reducing energy use, water use, conversation, consumables and reducing the use of toxic chemicals.

CHEM21 Online learning platform: Free, sharable and interactive green chemistry education and training materials , including solvent substitute guides and a synthetic toolbox for greener reagent selection.

American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute: Resources for faculty, students and professionals. Information about becoming an ACS Green Chemistry Student Chapter.

Mechanochemistry for Sustainable Industry (MechSustInd): is a European Union networking initiative aimed to nurture and catalyse interactions between European and overseas researchers in Mechanochemistry.