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  • Michael C. Cann
  • Professor
  • Chemistry
  • Univ. of Scranton
  • Scranton, PA 18510
(570) 941 - 7519

Bringing State-of-the-Art, Applied, Novel, Green Chemistry to the Classroom by Employing the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

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In 1995 President Clinton introduced the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge (PGCC) Awards Program. The program was created to acknowledge companies and individuals who research and develop technologies "that promote pollution prevention and industrial ecology through a new EPA Design for the Environment partnership with the chemical industry." In this article Dr. Michael Cann discusses two ways that PGCC research proposals can be used to introduce both green chemistry and current state-of-the-art research to the classroom.

The first project involves the creation of a poster presentation detailing one of the award winning PGCC proposals. A project outline, time line and possible grading criteria are all provided in the article.

An alternative assignment for industrial chemists involves writing a report studying a PGCC proposal. In this report students address the chemistry/technology, the motivation for project development (i.e. reduction of cost) and related business aspects (plant design, profits, etc).

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


Cann, M. C. J. Chem. Educ., Print 1999, 76, pp 1639-1641.

J. Chem. Educ. (Abstract only)

Category Descriptors

Chemistry Concepts
  • Industrial Chemistry
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
Chemistry Subdiscipline
  • Environmental Chemistry
Target Audience
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Secondary Schools
  • Journal Articles