CHED Julianne Smist, Cinzia Muzzi, Eric Kantorowski  Sunday, March 21, 2010 

1 - Green chemistry: A call to arms

John C Warner, Irv.Levy@gordon.edu, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, United States

It seems that we are at a turning point in society. Sustainability and social responsibility have become mainstream. It is truly the best time in history to be a chemist! Society is counting on us to invent safe alternatives and usher in a new and truly sustainable relationship between humans and the planet they live on. Interestingly, while we break through new frontiers in the research laboratories, discovering new green chemistry technologies, we find ourselves also breaking new ground in our interactions with individuals and groups in society that we have not traditionally worked or collaborated with. Interacting with our new partners (people working in public policy, environmental health, conservation, social and environmental justice, etc.) provides new meaning and deeper values to the work that we do. To meet these new challenges we need a greater diversity of people to become chemists. We need new eyes and new idea to help move forward these important objectives. This presentation will discuss the opportunities and critical need for students in chemistry.


Sunday, March 21, 2010 08:45 AM
High School Program: Green Chemistry Education: Why Now? And How? (08:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Parc 55
Room: Market Street

 

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