Our initial efforts in education, which began in 1996, were centered around our course in environmental chemistry. In this course (see the syllabus for this course) students are required to search for information on the most recent Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards and give both a poster and an oral presentation on this subject (see J. Chem. Ed. 1999, 76, 1639-1641).
In 1998 the EPA and the ACS partnered to make a concerted effort to develop educational materials to bring green chemistry into the curriculum. The ACS/EPA Green Chemistry Educational Materials Development Project had four initial foci:
In order to take the greening of the chemistry curriculum to its next logical step, six faculty members at Scranton have developed green chemistry modules for specific courses in the chemistry major. The objective of this project was to take the general information provided by a particular case in Real-World Cases in Green Chemistry, supplement this with more (course specific) detailed information so that the module specifically addressed a topic(s) in a particular course. The module is then to be used for insertion of green chemistry into a course under a particular topic already covered in such a course. Thus we have attempted to green a typical course topic without adding a great deal of new material to an already overcrowded course. We hope other instructors will adopt these modules in whole or in part to use in their courses. This project is supported by a grant from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences. These modules have been developed and posted on the web (see green chemistry teaching modules).
"Real-World Cases in Green Chemistry Volume 2," was published in 2008.
Our efforts in green chemistry education have been recognized by a 2001 Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.
Green Chemistry Workshop; Please contact
Michael Cann if you are interested
in a day long workshop on green chemistry;
download workshop outline.
Other sites of interest regarding
EPA's Green Chemistry Program
ACS Green Chemistry Institure
ACS Green Chemistry Education
The Royal Society of Chemistry journal "Green Chemistry"
Green Chemistry at the University of Oregon
NSF Science and Technology Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Zero Waste Alliance
Please direct comments and suggestions
Michael C. Cann
University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Michael C. Cann's home page.