The goal of the GC3 Advancing Green Chemistry Education initiative is to embed green chemistry in academic and professional education to build a field of professionals with a strong understanding of the nexus between chemistry, product design, and sustainability.
The vast majority of chemistry students receive little or no education in how chemical design may affect health or sustainability. Similarly, most industrial chemists, designers, and business managers have received little training in green chemistry, toxicology, lifecycle evaluation, or sustainability. For green chemistry to thrive there is a need for professionals who are well-educated in green chemistry concepts, including green chemical design, toxicology, lifecycle evaluation, and environmental policy. The lack of such education can present a barrier to advancing green chemistry within firms and supply chains. Companies increasingly want chemists, engineers, designers and business managers who have sustainability knowledge.
In response to requests from our member companies for introductory training on various education topics, the GC3 developed a webinar-based curriculum on green chemistry and safer alternatives. The project outlined the training needs of different job categories, as well as the components of a training program. It includes webinars and supplemental information. Companies can mix and match the materials that they want to use to train existing staff or for onboarding new staff.
Policy Statement on Green Chemistry in Higher Education
The GC3 Policy Statement on Green Chemistry in Higher Education is an industry policy statement in support of green chemistry education at the university level and in continuing education. The statement includes the following commitments: 1) to support green chemistry education and research in higher education across disciplines, within the firm, and throughout the supply chain; 2) to hire new professional staff with training in green chemistry and sustainability, all other aspects being equal; 3) to embed green chemistry in product development and sourcing.
This statement was developed in 2012 and has been used as a tool to conduct outreach with policymakers, university administrators, and research agencies to reiterate the GC3's support for chemists and other professionals trained in green chemistry and safer alternatives.
The GC3 is currently updating the list of signatories; if you are a GC3 member and would like to sign the policy statement, please email Saskia van Bergen.
Beyond Benign is a non-profit that provides educators with the tools, training, and support to integrate green chemistry into chemistry classrooms. GC3 and its members have partnered with them to help advance green chemistry education in K-12 and Higher Education. Examples include the High School Green Chemistry Modules and Sustainable Science Elementary School Curriculum.
Webinars: Careers in Green Chemistry
The GC3 periodically hosts webinars with Beyond Benign to provide students and early career professionals an introduction to different positions in industry that incorporate green chemistry. In these webinars, professionals working in different sectors of industry discuss their career paths, how they use green chemistry, and what they would recommend to early-career scientists seeking careers in the green chemistry field.
Perspectives of Careers in the Chemical Industry
April 30, 2018
Careers in Green Chemistry
July 18, 2016
In Pursuit of Green Chemistry: Perspectives on Careers in Industry
April 14, 2015
For more information or to become involved in the GC3 Advancing Green Chemistry Education initiative, contact:
Saskia van Bergen