Contact Information

  • Fisher Science Education
  • 4500 Turnberry Drive
  • Hanover Park, IL 60133
(800) 955 - 1177

Think Green

Module Overview


This site, sponsored by Fisher Science Education, provides a variety of resources for bringing green chemistry into the classroom. Free, downloadable resources, developed in collaboration with Beyond Benign, include:

1) Learn the basics behind green chemistry: The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry, a classroom ready presentation that describes the 12 principles of green chemistry;

2) Learn how to bring green chemistry into your classroom: Introduction to Green Chemistry in the Classroom, a teacher's guide that addresses commonly asked questions with two student activity modules;

3) Learn how to bring green chemistry into your classroom: a Biodiesel Activity Module, a teacher's guide that includes a biodiesel laboratory module with pre- and post-lab activities;

4) Learn about green chemical alternatives, a table that compares the pros and cons of specific green chemical alternatives. In addition, the site provides a tool for calculating your CO2 score and a description of how Fisher Scientific is supporting sustainable green initiatives with specific examples.

Summary prepared May 2008 by Julie Haack, University of Oregon.


Fisher Science Education, ; Beyond Benign, Think Green. wps/ portal/ CMSTATIC?href=/ScienceEducation/ scienceEduStandard/ Features/ Think_Green/ se_std_ThinkGreen_040708_1435.jsp &store=ScienceEducation &segment=scienceEduStandard (accessed November 2011).

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
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary
  • Materials Science
  • Nanotechnology (Chemistry Subdiscipline)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
Target Audience
  • Colleges/Universities
  • General Public
  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Internet Sources