Beyond Benign


Higher Ed

Our higher education programs are centered around The Green Chemistry Commitment program, which supports college and university faculty and students in implementing and sharing best practices in green chemistry theory and practice through collaborative working groups, a webinar series, and green chemistry curriculum. Learn more about the program, how to implement green chemistry in your course, or visit our For Students page to learn how students are bringing green chemistry to their campuses.

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our latest resource

Guide to Green Chemistry Experiments for Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Labs.

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"The goal of Green Chemistry is for the term to disappear and it simply becomes how we practice chemistry."

- John C. Warner, Co-Founder of Beyond Benign and the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

upcoming events

Integrating Green Chemistry and Sustainability into Chemistry Education

July 28, 2020 @ 12:00 am - 2:45 pm

This virtual symposium is co-organized with Andy Dicks and Lloyd Bastin and will highlight the incor...

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what's new

Reducing chemical waste in-situ: SoluSave

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…

Natalie O’Neil’s Science Communication Fellowship Video 2019

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…

Safe and Sustainable Chemistry Activities: Fostering a Culture of Safety in K-12 and Community Outreach Programs

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…

frequently asked questions

Why green chemistry in higher education?


There are many benefits to implementing green chemistry in higher education courses and labs – including, reducing waste, reducing costs, peaking student interest, and better preparing students with 21st century skills.

Is it more expensive?


No, costs associated with hazardous waste and purchasing costs often are reduced upon implementing greener chemistry experiments within higher education. See our Higher Education Case Studies (in the organic chem section of our higher ed curriculum) for quantitative evaluations of the costs associated with traditional versus greener laboratory experiments.

Is industry interested in green chemistry?


Students with green chemistry skills are valued by industry and the greener chemicals market is projected to be a $100 billion market by 2020 (Pike Research). Green chemistry provides an added value for industry – helping to reduce costs associated with the use and generation of hazardous substances, providing a platform for innovation in creating chemical solutions, and also can be found to achieve a quicker time-to-market for products.

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