Advancing Green Chemistry Education
The green chemistry education project group explores ways to embed green chemistry in university and professional education as well as in research, education, and development funding programs. Two projects will be continued in the coming year:
Advancing Business Support for Green Chemistry Education
The group has developed the GC3 Policy Statement on Green Chemistry in Higher Education, an industry "policy statement" in support of green chemistry education at the university level. The goal was to develop a policy statement that can be widely supported by chemical companies, product manufacturers, and retailers supporting: (1) the need for the establishment of green chemistry education programs at the university level, and (2) graduates of institutions with green chemistry education programs being preferentially treated in the market place, all other aspects of education being consistent.
This policy statement will provide synergies with Beyond Benign's university commitment for green chemistry education. It has been signed by 10 companies. The group’s goal is to expand the list of signatories to 40-50 and then conduct outreach with policy makers, university administrators, and research agencies to reiterate the GC3 support for chemists and other professionals trained in green chemistry and safer alternatives.
Green Chemistry and Safer Alternatives Boot Camp
The project group is developing curriculum modules for a 3-4 day green chemistry and safer alternatives boot camp to be held in 2013. The curriculum will be tailored to a broad technically savvy audience from material designers and chemists to regulatory affairs experts, and will include both concepts of molecular design, alternatives assessment, and implementation. The curriculum will be based on adult learner concepts with active learning and case studies and be based on a series of “modules” that can be interwoven and taught in person or eventually on line. Curriculum development will involve the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Beyond Benign, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, and the GC3 project group among others.
For more information or to join the project group, contact Joel Tickner.
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