Contact Information

  • Rachel Pokrandt
  • Beyond Benign Foundation
  • 66 Cummings Park
  • Woburn, MA 01801
(781) 937 - 9000

Recipe for Sustainable Science

Classroom Activities

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The Recipe for Sustainable Science curriculum was developed by Beyond Benign and Pfizer to simulate actual business methodology while incorporating the 12 principles of Green Chemistry. The module is meant to introduce teachers and students to Green Chemistry in the context of hands-on activities, debates and activities.

The module consists of 48 lesson plans and is organized as a ten day unit and includes 4-5 activities/handouts for each day. Each lesson plan includes a section for the education, a list of materials needed, the Green Chemistry principles covered, the time required for each activity, and the teaching standards covered by each. The material focuses not only on science but also social studies, language arts, and math.

Examples of activities include analysis of advertisements, debates about humans' influence on the environment, waste management, and how to incorporate sustainability while designing a product.

Spanish translations for all materials are available at the same URL (see below).

Summary prepared August 2008 by Douglas M. Young at the University of Oregon.


Pokrandt, R. Recipe for Sustainable Science. K12education/ middleschool.html (accessed June 2011).

Category Descriptors

Chemistry Concepts
  • Melting Points and Ranges
Green Chemistry Principles
  • Analyze in Real-Time to Prevent Pollution
  • Avoid Chemical Derivatives
  • Design for Degradation
  • Design Less Hazardous Chemical Syntheses
  • Design Safer Chemicals and Products
  • Increase Energy Efficiency
  • Maximize Atom Economy
  • Minimize the Potential for Accidents
  • Prevent Waste
  • Use Catalysts
  • Use Renewable Feedstocks
  • Use Safer Solvents/Reaction Conditions
Target Audience
  • Primary Schools
  • Internet Sources