Beyond Benign

Green Chemistry Commitment

HE Green Chemistry Commitment

Sign on to the Green Chemistry Commitment to join a growing number of college and university chemistry departments who strive to:

  • Prepare world class chemists whose skills are aligned with the needs of the planet and its inhabitants in the 21st century, and
  • Design and develop innovative, efficient, and environmentally sound chemical solutions to the health, safety and effectiveness of chemical products and processes

Signers commit to implementing Green Chemistry Student Learning Objectives in their own unique way and on their own timeline. Annual surveys gather green chemistry implementation data to identify resource gaps and areas for collaboration. Best Practices are shared among signers and Working Groups collaborate on the development of resources that address common challenges.

The Commitment is voluntary, flexible and progressive — in other words, departments do not have to be perfect in green chemistry implementation to sign up, they only need to commit to continual improvement.

GCC Commit Now

Commit Now!

  • Download and sign the Green Chemistry Commitment PLEDGE FORM and
  • Download and sign the Green Chemistry Commitment CONTACT FORM
  • E-mail or snail mail both forms back to us. Welcome aboard!

Green Chemistry Commitment to Go!

  • Download our INFORMATION KIT about the Green Chemistry Commitment to share with your department and colleagues.

who's committed

The Green Chemistry Commitment is currently accepting new signers! There are currently 66 signers of the Commitment from 20 different U.S. states, 2 provinces of Canada, and the countries of Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Nigeria, and Thailand.

View the Green Chemistry Commitment signer profiles to understand how each institution takes a unique approach to implementing green chemistry. Sign on to the Commitment to add your profile and share your best practices.


what signers are saying

“The Green Chemistry Commitment is helping our Department to formalize an existing commitment and is a way for sharing the work that we are doing.”
– Anne Marteel-Parrish, Associate Professor and Creegan Chair in Green Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Washington College


“The Green Chemistry Commitment is becoming one of several factors driving continued developments in our undergraduate curriculum.”
Doug Raynie, Research Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, South Dakota State University

“In chemistry, it is essential to consider the consequences of our actions. The Green Chemistry Commitment is helping to bring focus to the importance of understanding these consequences and designing chemistry right from the beginning.”
Dalila Kovacs, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Grand Valley State University

“Community is important. The GCC helps bring people together through a support network for faculty who are trying to do the right thing.”
Rich Gurney, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Chemistry and Physics, Simmons College

faculty fellowship program

Beyond Benign works with faculty members on collaborative projects through the Green Chemistry Commitment program. Fellows work for one or two semesters with Beyond Benign staff to lead programs within the Green Chemistry Commitment. LEARN MORE

frequently asked questions

What am I committing to? What is required?


You are committing to implementing green chemistry student learning objectives in your courses and programs in your own way and on your own timeline. By signing, you agree to share your best practices and help us to identify resource gaps or challenges that your department is facing. It’s simple to sign on – our signing form requires signature from the department chair and an administrator. We conduct annual surveys to gather data on green chemistry implementation and help to track progress.

What’s in it for me (and my department)?


The GCC offers a means for chemistry departments to engage in campus sustainability initiatives and connects departments with like-minded institutions dedicated to implementing green chemistry in their programs. As a GCC signer, your department will be profiled on Beyond Benign’s GCC signers page and our organizational partners’ pages. We reach out regularly to our signers to gather information and identify resource gaps – we then work collectively to fill those gaps.

I’m a student. What can I do?


Students have tremendous influence within a chemistry department and often are catalysts for change towards greener chemistry. Visit our For Students page to learn more about how you can get involved and advocate for green chemistry on your campus and in your community.

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advisory board

  • Dr. John Warner
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    John is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest
    Dr. John Warner
    Co-Founder and Member
  • Dr. John Arnold
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    Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
    Dr. John Arnold
  • Dr. Ed Brush
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    Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Bridgewater State University
    Dr. Ed Brush
  • Intern Opportunity
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    Founder, Presiden,t BWC Pharma Consulting, LLC
    Dr. Berkeley “Buzz” Cue
  • Dr. Rich Gurney
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    Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Simmons College
    Dr. Rich Gurney
  • Dr. Dalila G. Kovacs
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    Associate Professor of Chemistry, Grand Valley State University
    Dr. Dalila G. Kovacs
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    Professor, Dept of Chem, Director, Center for Green Chem, U Mass
    Dr. Wei Zhang
  • Dr. Anne Marteel-Parrish
    Full Bio
    Creegan Chair in Green Chemistry, Washington College
    Dr. Anne Marteel-Parrish
  • Full Bio
    Research Associate Professor, Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry, South Dakota Univ
    Dr. Doug Raynie
  • Dr. Ryan Trovitch
    Full Bio
    Assistant Professor, Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Arizona State University
    Dr. Ryan Trovitch
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    Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction, WA State Department of Ecology
    Saskia VanBergen