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Going Green: Integrating Green Chemistry into the Curriculum

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This booklet offers a "how-to" introduction to green chemistry education for faculty members interested in integrating green chemistry principles into the curriculum. An overview of the principles of green chemistry and the definition and importance of sustainability are presented along with several short essays that describe how educators from around the world have incorporated green chemistry into their classrooms. The book is sprinkled with memorable quotes: "Green Chemistry is preventative medicine for the environment"; "We do not inherit the earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children" and an emphasis is placed on how the way that chemistry is done must be altered for the betterment of the environment. The appendix contains a thorough bibliography with web sites, recent publications and a glossary of key terms.

Summary prepared July 2005 by Pasquale Di Raddo, Department of Physical Sciences at Ferris State University and Kathryn Parent at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute.


Going Green: Integrating Green Chemistry into the Curriculum;, Print Parent, K., Kirchhoff, M., Eds.; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2004.

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Category Descriptors

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
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary
  • Organic Chemistry
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  • Colleges/Universities
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