Session S2c (Monday, 2pm, CHEM 102)

P227: Green seeds planted in organic chemistry bloom into a full green chemistry course

Sarah Kennedy (Westminster College, USA)

Upon returning from the CWCS 2010 Green Chemistry Workshop, I implemented several green chemistry laboratories and weekly green activities into Westminster’s organic I course.  Course evaluations indicated students had a growing interest in green chemistry, and we decided to offer a dedicated green chemistry course (CHE375) in spring 2012.  In this course, students learn the basics of green chemistry and read current research literature focused on green chemistry and green technologies.  Students network with green chemists through a visit to the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University.  CHE375 also includes student-lead projects focused on creating laboratory and/or classroom activities to promote awareness of green chemistry, which are shared online through GEMS.  Resources introduced at the CWCS program are used throughout the course by students and faculty. Additionally, students have chosen research projects focused on green methods for organic synthesis and evaluation of the greenness of our laboratory curriculum.


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