Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 11:37:39 -0400
Reply-To: Ralph Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU>
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From: Ralph Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU>
Subject: Re: Green Science activities and programs
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> >Anyone care to share what they are doing to promote green chemistry  
> and green science?

Here at UVM, our laboratory safety coordinator began working with the  
Chemistry Department, particularly specific TA's, to incorporate more  
environmental information into the class laboratory materials, with an  
emphasis on proper chemical waste disposal (we routinely get feedback  
about "bad stuff" going down the drain, often when no "bad stuff" is  
used in the lab). She also brought up the issue of the energy use  
associated with fume hoods and the environmental impacts associated  
with that. Unfortunately, she has since left the University, so we  
will have to restart her work when her replacement is hired.

Another effort she made (for her own classwork) was a survey of  
students in sophomore level chemistry classes of their interest in  
this sort of information. The results were that the students showed a  
significant level of interest in more of both safety and environmental  

A third effort we hope to continue is to have students in senior and  
grad level courses visit our hazardous waste program's facilities in  
order to understand where their chemical waste goes and the importance  
of good labeling to downstream waste handlers. Included in this tour  
was a green chemistry segment based on materials from the ACS and EPA  
joint program.

Finally, I would note that there is a significant amount of green  
chemistry programming in the Northeast Regional Meeting of the ACS  
that I am helping to organize. These presentations are more research  
than class oriented, but include both.

Let me know if you have any questions about this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH
Environmental Safety Manager
University of Vermont
Environmental Safety Facility
667 Spear St. Burlington, VT  05405

fax: (802)656-8682

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