Texas Woman’s University
One of the important initiatives our department has launched is the Zero Impact Project (ZIP). In 2019, a team of faculty and students began the Zero Impact Project at TWU, which educates the public about minimizing the environmental impact of hosting an event as well as other sustainable practices. All events and symposia are organized in accordance with Zero Impact guidance, and the Zero Impact team is available to help plan events on campus in the most sustainable fashion possible.
Chemistry B.S., Chemistry M.S., Biochemistry B.S.
General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Faculty Research, Student Research.
Kappa Epsilon Mu(KEM) Club: https://twu.edu/chemistry-biochemistry/student-organizations/
Short time goals:
We are looking for ways to modify experiments in our teaching and research labs to include more green chemistry practices.
We are developing a partnership with Healthy Building Network (HBN) to incorporate toxicology concepts into our chemistry courses. HBN is a non-profit organization owner of Pharos, which hosts hazard data on over 170,000 chemicals and materials.
We are developing an Environmental Chemistry Bachelor’s program in our department.
We continue to train our students to be advocates for environmental justice by teaching them the implications of hazardous materials on the Environment.
We ensure to find opportunities for our students to attend and present in green chemistry related conferences such as the annual ACS Green Chemistry Conference.
We hope to include public school students in our microplastics project to expand the database and footprint of sampling.
Long term goals:
We hope to have moved all of our labs towards more sustainable chemistry by modifying our general chemistry, organic chemistry, and environmental chemistry labs to follow green chemistry principles
We pledge to educate socially responsible, civically engaged chemists and biochemists with ethical reasoning skills.
We will train other faculty in other institutes to implement green-chemistry curricula.
Healthy Building Network Pharos Database (https://pharos.healthybuilding.net/)
ACS Green Chemistry Institute (https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/greenchemistry.html)