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Institute for Green Science

Education & Ethics

Educating students and the public about green chemistry and discussing the ethics of creating polluting chemicals is an important part of the mission of the Institute for Green Science. Terry Collins and others in the Institute not only teach college classes in green chemistry and debate other scientists about the environment but also actively bring in lecturers to campus, and reach out to kids, and hosted a green chemistry summer program.

Chemistry and Sustainability Course

Online Course: Introduction to Green Chemistry

The Institute for Green Science has developed an online course focused on green chemistry. A beta version of the course, An Introduction to Green Chemistry, is now available free of charge.

Experts (including Terry Collins) Identify the Greatest Challenges to the Future of Green Chemistry

(Echochem blog, April 30, 2014)

Building the chemical dimension of a sustainable civilization: the Compass and the Code

Hear Professor Collins discuss his concepts for a Sustainability Compass and a Code of Sustainability Ethics.
GLGCN/MGCC Green Chemistry Webinar: December 11, 2013

Scientists and especially scientist advocates are often attacked by sectors of the chemical enterprise over stands they take aimed at protecting health and the environment from the adverse effects of chemicals. In its October 29, 2012 issue, Chemistry and Engineering News (C&EN) launched an attack against Dr. Arlene Blum, a scientist-advocate focused on reducing/eliminating public exposures to toxic flame retardants. The powerful counterblast from the scientific community was gratifying to witness and Professor Collins with seven colleagues protested to C&EN in a letter to the editor [.pdf].

Scientific Lessons from Endocrine Disruption, and How Green Chemistry Might Avoid Its Hazards

Adjunct professor Pete Myers gives keynote on how green chemistry might avoid the hazards of endocrine disruptors at "Toward a Sustainable 21st Century: Pesticides Conference" at University of California Irvine's Newkirk Center for Science and Society.

Environmental health sciences and Green Chemistry: problems meet solutions—in summary

Plenary lecture by Terry Collins, Beckman Center, Irvine, CA, October 8, 2008

A Very Early Definition of Green Chemistry [.pdf]

Collins, T.J., Green Chemistry, in Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry, Volume 2, Simon and Schuster Macmillan, New York, 1997, pp. 691–697
(download pdf)

Open Letter to Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, USEPA

From Terry Collins and Colleagues Working to Build Green Chemistry in the USA

Publications about Green Science & Education and Philosophy of Sustainability.