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Green Chemistry: Meeting Global Challenges

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This multi-media DVD contains four presentations given at the 6th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (2002). The green chemistry opportunities to address global challenges to sustainability are presented, including the use of toxic chemicals, the risk of climate change, water and resource depletion, and increasing energy and food demands. Paul Anastas (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) provides an overview of green chemistry and engineering as an approach to meeting the challenges to sustainability. Roger Beachy (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) discusses the impact of biotechnology on agricultural practices, especially the use of pesticides. Terry Collins (Carnegie Mellon University) presents his research on green oxidation technology and applications for the paper and textile industries. Dennis Hjeresen (Los Alamos National Laboratory) highlights the global water crisis and green chemistry technologies being developed to meet that challenge. The four illustrative presentations highlight the relationship between green chemistry and sustainable development. Questions are provided for classroom discussion.

Summary prepared March 2006 by Kathryn Parent at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute.


American Chemical Society, Green Chemistry: Meeting Global Challenges DVD, DVD, 1; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2003.

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Category Descriptors

Chemistry Concepts
  • Catalysis
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Oxidation/Reduction Chemistry
  • Toxicology
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
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
Target Audience
  • Colleges/Universities
  • DVDs