Beyond Benign

Who's Committed

Worcester State University

Signing Date
Worcester, MA, USA

At Worcester State, we are deeply committed to cultivating environmental responsible citizens and chemists. Within the chemistry department, green chemistry concepts were introduced at Worcester State University in the organic laboratory sequence in 2003. Since that time, we have created a green and environmental chemistry concentration, which requires students to take an upper-level green chemistry course, environmental chemistry and a choice of two related electives. We offer an environmental toxicology course and a laboratory course focusing on green chemistry. We believe that we have strong offerings for our science majors. We additionally offer an online course for non-science majors that includes green chemistry and sustainability topics making for a very wide range of offerings. Several members of the chemistry department are actively involved in research with undergraduates with a green chemistry theme. As a campus, we are committed to sustainability. WSU has committed to the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment and has been recognized for its overall sustainability efforts as “A Most Environmentally Responsible College” by the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Faculty Size
Primary Contact
Dr. Meghna Dilip,
Chemistry Degrees Offered

Minor; BS

Implementation of Green Chemistry

Organic chemistry; Analytical chemistry; Environmental chemistry; Stand-Alone Green chemistry; Stand-alone Toxicology; Research

Student Groups

Chemistry club

  • Assist the Chemistry Club to become ACS student chapter
  • Participate in the Toxicology Working Group
  • Network and collaborate with other GCC signers
Resources Used

Beyond Benign Webinars and Activities; GEMs database; Conference/Articles