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Everyday Products are Full of Harmful Chemicals. Can Green Chemistry Lead the Way to Safer Alternatives?

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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So, now what? The perspectives of a “laboratory-less” chemistry graduate student amid the COVID-19 outbreak

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…

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Earth Month Spotlight by Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center

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…

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CCEW 2020 “Protecting our Planet through Chemistry”

For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the 2020 Chemists Celebrate Earth Week theme is ‘Protecting our Planet through Chemistry.’ As written in the introduction by K12 Director Kate Anderson, “Chemistry has a big role to play in improving our overall sustainability. Through scientific research and green chemistry (also known as the science of sustainability), chemists can not only help to clean up the planet, but also keep pollution from happening in the first place.” Our green chemistry community echos the importance of green chemistry through writing actives and think-pieces throughout the publication. Dr. John Warner is the featured Meg A. Mole interview. Access the entire publication here.

 

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CCEW 2020 “Protecting our Planet through Chemistry”

For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the 2020 Chemists Celebrate Earth Week theme is 'Protecting our Planet through Chemistry.' As written in the introduction by K12 Director Kate Anderson,...

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John C. Warner (the Elder)’s Vision of Chemistry and Responsible Citizenship, with an Update by John C. Warner (the Younger)

Check out John Warner’s latest article in the Journal of Chemical Education! In this paper, John discusses how Green Chemistry is helping to bring the vision of another John C….

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‘Green Chemistry Invention in K12’ Podcast

Interviewed by the K12 Engineering Education Podcast, K12 Program Manager Janie Butler and lead teacher Eric Nash chat about developing and disseminating educational resources in green chemistry – like how to create bioplastics, or thinking about a full product life cycle. Originally scheduled to present at the SXSW Edu 2020 Conference in Austin, Texas, they discussed how chemistry and design can be integrated into the K-12 classroom, why this is important, and more. They also brainstorm ways to teach green chemistry even amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Listen below, or go here for show notes.

 

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‘Green Chemistry Invention in K12’ Podcast

Interviewed by the K12 Engineering Education Podcast, K12 Program Manager Janie Butler and lead teacher Eric Nash chat about developing and disseminating educational resources in green chemistry – like how to…

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Designing a Greener Le Châtelier’s Principle Lab

Lead Teacher, Cassidy Javner, is featured in the March issue of AACT for her piece on Designing a Greener Le Châtelier’s Principle Lab. This article discusses the importance of green chemistry and features a safer replacement to traditional Le Châtelier’s Principle labs, which often use hazardous chemicals that pose a risk to students and the environment. The concepts of Le Châtelier’s Principle can be effectively demonstrated using household materials of starch, iodine, butterfly pea tea, vinegar, and baking soda, see the lesson plan here.

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Designing a Greener Le Châtelier’s Principle Lab

Lead Teacher, Cassidy Javner, is featured in the March issue of AACT for her piece on Designing a Greener Le Châtelier’s Principle Lab. This article discusses the importance of green…

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NH Students share their Green Chemistry Inventions

In 2018-2019, Eric Nash led his high school chemistry class in inventing with green chemistry through bioplastics. Students created novel products while formulating bioplastics. They were able to use their knowledge of chemistry and sustainability to create new products that are designed to degrade at the end of their life cycle. Listen to Eric Nash’s students from Winnacunnet High School share out what they created through our new JV InvenTeams: Green Chemistry Guide.

 

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NH Students share their Green Chemistry Inventions

In 2018-2019, Eric Nash led his high school chemistry class in inventing with green chemistry through bioplastics. Students created novel products while formulating bioplastics. They were able to use their…

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It’s Not Hard Being Green

February 2020 According to Andy Dicks, a Teaching Stream Professor at the University of Toronto, a Green Chemistry Commitment signing institution, being green isn’t difficult. It’s being smart. Read more here!

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“The Importance of Creativity in Chemistry and Beyond” Podcast

Sally B Mitchell, of Sally B Chemistry, talks with Beyond Benign’s cofounder John Warner about the importance of inspiration and nurturing inventive minds in the quest to use chemistry to better…

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Chemistry’s Green Future Takes Root in Flint

“The focus of Green Chemistry is not just to create more sustainable chemical products and processes—they also have to be cost-effective and they have to work,” says Amy Cannon, who holds the world’s first PhD in Green Chemistry and is the executive director of Beyond Benign, a nonprofit devoted to Green Chemistry education. “It’s a common platform and language that adds value for both the sustainability folks and industry.” In 2013, UM-Flint signed Beyond Benign’s Green Chemistry Commitment—pledging to continually improve the implementation of Green Chemistry learning objectives for its students.

Not content with only being a commitment signer, UM-Flint introduced the first Bachelor of Science in Green Chemistry in the fall of 2018. Read more here

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Chemistry’s Green Future Takes Root in Flint

“The focus of Green Chemistry is not just to create more sustainable chemical products and processes—they also have to be cost-effective and they have to work,” says Amy Cannon, who...

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‘Why Green Chemistry? Or Better Yet, Why Not Green Chemistry?’ Published

Lead Teacher, Erika Fatura, published an article with ChemEdX titled, “‘Why Green Chemistry? Or Better Yet, Why Not Green Chemistry?”  Within the piece, she writes her 5 reasons why she teachers with green chemistry, and then gives stepwise advice for how other high school teachers can implement green chemistry into their classrooms. Read her article here.

 

 

 

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‘Why Green Chemistry? Or Better Yet, Why Not Green Chemistry?’ Published

Lead Teacher, Erika Fatura, published an article with ChemEdX titled, “‘Why Green Chemistry? Or Better Yet, Why Not Green Chemistry?”  Within the piece, she writes her 5 reasons why she…

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Green Chemistry in Congress

This summer our co-Founder, John Warner, testified during the Research & Technology Subcommittee Hearing – Benign by Design: Innovations in Sustainable Chemistry to support the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development…

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Safety Student Tutorial Published

In partnership with CPALMS, an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards, we created ‘Chemistry with a Conscience.’ Explore green chemistry and…

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