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Upcoming Events

Gordon College
Green Chemistry Lecture
October 3rd, 2016 - 4:30pm
"Weaving Green Chemistry into NanoTechnology:
Molecular-level Product Innovation for Nano-enabled Textiles"

Speaker: James E. (Jim) Hutchison
More Info
ACS Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM) 
Green Chemistry Symposium
October 7th, 2016 (Registration Closes Oct 6)
More Info
21st Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference 
Symposia Proposals Deadline
October 7th, 2016 
More Info
2016-2017 Beyond Benign
Outreach Fellows' Training
October 8th, 2016
(Request More Info from Mollie)
Green Chemistry
Safer Choices Webinar
October 12th, 2016
3-4pm EDT 
Register Here
National Chemistry Week
October 16th-22nd, 2016
2016 NCW Theme:   "Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry"
Find an Event In Your Area
Green Chemistry
= Social Justice Webinar
October 18th, 2016
2-3pm EDT
Register Here

National Chemistry Day
Boston Museum of Science
October 20th, 2016
"Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry"
More Info
1st Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk
The Hampton Inn Wells=E2=80=90Ogunquit, Wells, Maine
October 20-21st, 2016
Register Now
The Guardian's Green Chemistry Conference
November 2nd, 2016
More Info
Bridgewater State University 
Environmental Symposium
November 19th 2016
More Info
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Want to Know More About the GCC?

Understand the Green Chemistry
Student Learning Objectives
Read about the GCC signers: Highlights 
Download the Pledge and Contact Forms:         Commit Now

"Creating a better world requires teamwork, partnership, and collaboration-"
=E2=80" Simon Mainwaring
These words are ringing very true for us here at Beyond Benign. Teamwork, partnership and collaboration are central to how we carry out our educational programs designed to advance the 12 principles of green chemistry across K-12, higher education and industry. This fall I'm excited to share that our Green Chemistry Commitment program will receive the Northeast Partners for Progress and Prosperity (P3) Award at the NERM meeting on October 7th in Binghamton, NY. The award is given to teams to recognize the importance of partnering toward common goals to advance a global chemistry enterprise. We indeed hold these values dear and consider them as central to our mission of supporting educators, scientists and citizens with the tools required to teach and practice green chemistry. This tremendous honor also recognizes Beyond Benign's partners and collaborators within the greater chemistry community.
It is through collaboration with diverse groups that we are able to bring green chemistry to a broad audience. Partnerships are invaluable since they can bring out the best in us as we strive to learn best practices from each other and guide each other by example. Collaboration also allows people and organizations to leverage voices and ideas from both small and large organizations, accomplishing so much more than we would with only one voice, or one idea. We believe our programs are exemplary of partnering for progress and prosperity and we are truly honored to be receiving the award alongside a growing number of innovative academic institutions that are leading change in chemistry education.
Through our partnerships in the Green Chemistry Commitment, we are able to highlight some unique approaches to green chemistry education. For example, the first international signer to the Green Chemistry Commitment is the University of Toronto, which is home to an amazing student-led group called the Green Chemistry Initiative. It has been exciting to engage with these passionate students on and off campus. Many are pursuing careers in green chemistry education and sustainability, including at My Green Lab, and the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council. If you are looking for ways to engage your department, or ideas for student groups, then check out what they have done. This initiative demonstrates the tremendous power of students in creating change.
Teamwork, partnership, and collaboration can be found throughout our programs at Beyond Benign. Another great example is our new Green Chemistry Lead Teacher program which involves 9 dynamic, inspiring teachers from throughout North America who will help us to bring green chemistry to high schools regionally throughout the country and beyond. We anticipate this model for-teachers, by-teachers will help to expand our social impact by reaching teachers, students and communities nationwide, while also enriching all our K-12 programs with diverse perspectives and expertise. You will hear much more from this amazing group as we work with them throughout the year and launch our new website, which is currently in progress.  
As always, we thank you for being part of our network and for partnering with us to bring green chemistry education to K-12 and higher education. Without your partnership and your willingness to share your work and experiences with us, our organization would not be what it is today.

The Green Chemistry Commitment (GCC) program, along with regional college and university partners are being recognized as the award winner for the ACS Northeast P3 Award (Partners for Progress and Prosperity Award)

In the back (left to right): Rich Gurney (Simmons College), Irv Levy (Gordon College), Ed Brush (Bridgewater State University) In the front (left to right): Marguerite White-Jeanneau (Northern Essex Community College), Patricia Richard (Middlesex Community College), and Amy Cannon (Beyond Benign)

The purpose of the P3 Award is to recognize successful and exemplary partnerships between industry, academia, government, small business and/or other domestic or overseas entities (e.g., local sections, international ACS chapters, ACS divisions, chemical or other professional societies) that result in impactful outcomes in the following categories:
  • Improving the public perception and appreciation for chemistry
  • Promoting career advancement opportunities and/or supporting entrepreneurship in the=E2=80=A8 chemistry enterprise
  • Advancing advocacy efforts with government and other thought leaders
  • Supporting STEM education and/or research
The GCC program addresses two of the above categories: improving the public perception and appreciation for chemistry, and supporting STEM education and/or research. The partner organizations include an essential network of green chemistry educators in the Northeast region, including key partners: Dr. Ed Brush, Bridgewater State University, Professor Irv Levy, Gordon College, Dr. Wei Zhang, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Dr. Rich Gurney, Simmons College. These partners have been key in advancing green chemistry in the region and launching the GCC program. More Info

The Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series Presents:

Green Chemistry = Social Justice

October 18, 2016 2:00 - 3:00pm EDT, Register here!

Dr. Edward J. Brush, ebrush**At_Symbol_Here**, Department of Chemical Sciences, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA 02325, United States

Abstract: Green Chemistry is the science of making smart choices in how we design, make, use and dispose of chemicals and chemical products. However, chemists also need to be aware of the potential unintended consequences of hazardous chemicals that may disproportionally impact children and adults in low income, minority neighborhoods. This violates our definition of social and environmental justice where all people, regardless of race or economic status, have the right to live, work, play and learn in healthy, safe environments. The goal of this webinar is to better understand some of these disparities, and explore opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration between the social sciences and green chemistry to better educate the public on the role of chemicals in their daily lives, and how the field of green chemistry might offer solutions to achieve social and environmental justice.

Missed a webinar?
Don't worry, we have you covered. We record and post all the webinars on the Green Chemistry Commitment website. Remember to sign up for our e-mail list to be notified about upcoming webinars. Just add your e-mail address on the bottom right of our home page.

New Signers to the GCC! 

We are happy to have 3 new signers- Loyola Marymount University, Edgewood College, and our first international school, University of Toronto. All three schools have had previous experience of incorporating green chemistry into their curriculum and research, and we are excited to utilize their knowledge and work with them to help the GCC network grow. 

We look forward to highlighting their green chemistry initiatives and learning from their successes. For a full list of signers, see our signer list
"Purpose and intent at the intersection of nanotechnology and green chemistry" by Dr. John Warner

Read more from John Warner on his latest editorial in Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews. The article provides a unique perspective from John on developing these two relatively "young" fields of science concurrently to reduce hazards and environmental impact. 

Taking the Initiative in Green Chemistry

GCC Student Highlights

Since 2012, the University of Toronto's Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) has been a student-run organization that demonstrates how students can drive the direction of their education and be the advocates of green chemistry that can bring change. The main goal of the GCI is to regularly raise awareness about green chemistry at the graduate student level within the Department of Chemistry. 

The GCI is a model for how students can bring green chemistry to a department and share publicly available tools and activities; their outreach promotes green chemistry principles and sustainable lab practices. The project topics range from undergraduate curriculum development, a video series on green chemistry, community outreach events, proper disposal of chemical waste, and energy reduction campaigns. 

The GCC applauds the GCI for their continued effort to provide knowledge and awareness of green chemistry, and we hope others will take inspiration from your work.

For a list of the GCI's current projects, go here and check out their twitter updates here.

Green Chemistry Outreach Fellows

Beyond Benign is recruiting college and university students to become the messengers of green chemistry within their local community. Students educate a wide range of audiences to advocate the importance of a sustainable world through science and bring excitement about green chemistry. 

Email Mollie for More Information

BCCE's Toxicology for Chemists

If you missed our Toxicology for Chemists workshop and symposium at the
BCCE this past summer, then please find the materials posted here.

BCCE Conference
August 1, 2016
University of Northern Colorado.

The symposium featured faculty members who are integrating toxicology concepts into chemistry courses and programs. The workshopfeatured 3 toxicologists who shared their expertise and connected chemical and physical properties to toxicology, and provided curriculum resources for use in chemistry courses. Big thanks to our collaborator, MoDRN!Access their website for additional resources!

Toxicology Working Group

Chemical toxicology is an important component of green chemistry that is becoming a frequent topic of discussion among the GCC signers. This fall, the GCC stakeholders will be holding their first meeting to confer ways to incorporate toxicology into the chemistry curriculum and develop "Open Education Resources" for students and faculty. 

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Toxicology Working Group, please contact us through email. 

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