ACS & YOU
The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) is dedicated to helping individuals reimagine chemistry and engineer- ing for a sustainable future. Innovation in these disciplines holds the key to solving many environmental and human
health issues facing our world today. As students, you are in a
position to become part of the sustainability solution; as educators, you are empowered to catalyze change in the minds of
young chemists. The ACS GCI offers a wide range of materials
for both students and educators interested in learning about
and applying green chemistry.
Getting involved — resources,
awards, and more
You might be asking, “As a student, how can I make green
chemistry a part of my education?” There are many ways to get
involved in green chemistry. Take a moment to explore the student
resources and activities section of the ACS GCI website.
There are many resources available for students and educa-
tors, such as workshops, awards, webinars/videos, and textbooks.
You’ll also find information about the upcoming annual student
workshop, which will coincide with the Green Chemistry and
Engineering Conference being held in Portland, OR, on June
14–16, 2016. Attending the conference will give you the opportunity to sit in on technical presentations, meet students and lead-
Green Chemistry Resources
for Students and Educators
BY ASHLEY BAKER
Green Chemistry & Engineering 101
Chemistry has advanced society in too many ways to count — from
increased crop production to better medications. But in the midst of so
many successes, it has been easy to turn a blind eye toward the damage
being done to our planet and to humans. The field of green chemistry,
which began 25 years ago, is still young. The term “green chemistry”
simply refers to a different approach to doing chemistry and chemical
engineering, in which chemical processes and commercial products are
designed in a way that, at the very least, limits the damage by not creating
toxic chemicals and waste.
Green chemistry is notably about more than concerns over toxicity
or unintended environmental impacts; it’s a field rooted in innovation. It
asks the question: how can we use chemistry and chemical engineering to
improve current systems, reduce waste, improve whole life cycles, and ultimately build a more sustainable society?
ers in the green chemistry field, and present a poster. To register,
go to www.gcande.org.
Undergraduate and graduate students alike have told the ACS
GCI how learning about green chemistry, attending our conference, or winning green chemistry travel awards have altered the
focus of their research and career paths.
Webinars, videos, and online teaching resources are also
available on the website for a broad range of interests, whether
you’ve never heard of green chemistry or you’re just looking to
include it in a new class.
Using the Education Roadmap, the ACS GCI is working in
collaboration with the green chemistry community to shape a
future for chemistry education that is safer and more sustainable.
As the project progresses, there will be additional teaching
resources available, as well as opportunities to get involved.
ACS Green Chemistry Student Chapters
If your college or university has an ACS student chapter, a great
way to get your campus involved in green chemistry is to join
the chapter and incorporate sustainable and green chemistry
into its activities. If your chapter completes three eligible activities, it can apply for a Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award.
Winners of this award are recognized at ACS national meetings.
Last year, 43 ACS student chapters earned Green Chemistry Student Chapter Awards, and the number of applica-