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- Research in EPA laboratories
- Student Internships in EPA's Green Chemistry Program
- Awards and fellowships
- Key external organizations involved in green chemistry
Research in EPA laboratories
In addition to funding green chemistry research by outside researchers, EPA carries out green chemistry research in its own laboratories and shares its innovative methods and tools with chemical and fuel manufacturers and their customers through cooperative agreements and technology licenses. Results of EPA's technology transfer include:
- Reduced waste generation
- Less costly end-of-pipe treatments
- Inherently safer processes and products
- Less use of energy and non-renewable resources
- Improved competitiveness
EPA is currently focusing its green chemistry research on catalysis, green synthesis, and process intensification.
The Rand Corporation report "Next Generation Environmental Technologies: Benefits and Barriers" Exit focuses on the redesign of manufacturing processes and products at the molecular level to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous materials. This report puts these technologies in context and assesses their benefits. The appendix includes 25 existing technologies from early research to full use in profitable businesses.
Resources developed in part by EPA
EPA and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have cooperated to develop educational materials on green chemistry including case studies and laboratory modules aimed mostly at undergraduate and graduate students. The ACS green chemistry educational resources website includes these materials, as well as resources for professional chemists, K-12 students, and the general public. Exit ACS is revising many of its existing materials to include green chemistry. For example, the 8th Edition of Chemistry in Context (McGraw Hill College Division, expected in 2014) features green chemistry throughout the text. This popular text is aimed at undergraduate students who are not science majors.
Resources developed by others
Beyond Benign Exit is a nonprofit organization that promotes green chemistry to industry, academia, and the general public. Beyond Benign specializes in curriculum development, education, and training.
Green Chemistry Education Network (GC Ed Net) Exit is a network of educators that integrates green chemistry into chemical education at all levels. GC Ed Net supports opportunities to research, develop, implement, and disseminate green educational materials. The GC Ed Net reaches out to all chemistry educators through collaboration and mentoring, facilitating professional growth, and fostering the synergistic integration of green chemistry in education.
Greener Education Materials for Chemists (GEMS) Exit is a comprehensive, interactive database of green chemistry education materials, including laboratory exercises, lecture materials, course syllabi and multimedia content. Users can search the database by chemistry concepts, laboratory techniques, green chemistry principles, target audiences, and other descriptors.
Institutions with green chemistry education programs
The New England Consortium (TNEC), based in the Center for Health Promotion and Research at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, is a worker health and safety training organization that includes training in green chemistry. Exit
Student Internships in EPA's Green Chemistry Program
Paid fellowships are available for undergraduate students under the Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program funded by EPA's Office of Research and Development. In general, students may submit applications during the fall of their sophomore year in college. Students may use these fellowships to join EPA's Green Chemistry Program for the summer.
Awards and fellowships
Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry
Dr. Kenneth G. Hancock, director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation (NSF), was one of the earliest proponents of green chemistry. After his sudden death in 1993, his colleagues established the annual Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in green chemistry for undergraduate and graduate students. Additional information and the application package for the Hancock Awards Exit are available from the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® Exit, which administers the awards.
Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship in Green Chemistry
Dr. Joseph Breen played a major role in creating the Design for the Environment and Green Chemistry Programs at EPA. Dr. Breen was a founder of the worldwide green chemistry movement and the first director of the Green Chemistry Institute, now part of ACS. Following his death in 1999, the ACS and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® established the Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowships to allow young international green chemistry scholars to participate in a green chemistry technical meeting, conference, or training program. The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® website Exit contains application information for the Breen Fellowships Exit.
Key external organizations involved in green chemistry
The American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® works both in the United States and internationally to expand the use of green chemistry. It has been an active partner with EPA's Green Chemistry Program for many years. Exit
The Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network performs targeted education, outreach and green chemistry program support and coordination in eight Great Lakes States (IL, IN, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI). Exit This organization also provides monthly national green chemistry webinars.
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) Safer Chemistry Challenge Program is working to promote green chemistry, safer alternatives and chemical analyses nationwide. Exit Several states are involved, as are multiple green chemistry nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and providers.