Beyond Benign


Irv Levy

Director, Green Chemistry Commitment


Levy, Irv

Irv Levy has been involved in green chemistry as the focus of his career since 2003. Since then he has introduced hundreds of students to the principles of green chemistry through lecture and lab, dozens of research projects, and his unique Green Organic Literacy forum that has empowered students to become ambassadors for green chemistry to many thousands in high schools, museums, and other public outreach settings. Irv has co-edited the books “Green Chemistry Education: Changing The Course of Chemistry” and “Teaching and Learning About Sustainability”. ┬áHe is deeply involved with the ACS Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED), currently serving as the CHED Division Chair. In 2005, Irv organized the first symposium about green chemistry in DivCHED, bringing together the community at the ACS national meeting in San Diego that spring. Irv was involved in green chemistry outreach with the core team from Beyond Benign even before Beyond Benign began. He has served on the faculty of Gordon College since 1985 and is currently the chair of the Department of Chemistry. At Beyond Benign, Irv leads the higher education program, the Green Chemistry Commitment. Irv and his wife, Kathy, enjoy traveling the country visiting their five widely dispersed children when they are not at home in Hamilton, MA.

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