Welcome to beyond benign

Beyond Benign is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable science in order to create an environmentally, socially and economically prosperous world.


Key Partners & Contributors

Warner Babcock Institute for Green ChemistryPfizer FoundationBiomimicry InstituteAmerican Chemical Society - Green Chemistry InstituteGreen SchoolsBoston Youth Environmental NetworkGuiding GreenAmerican Tower

Strem ChemicalsUpward Bound Math Science @ Boston University

Fisher Scientific Education

Sopheon - Where Innovation Means Business Advancing Green ChemistryQuincy High School

Our Mission

Driven by the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry, a universal sustainable approach to any science; we create tools, opportunities and partnerships to support the implementation of community involvement initiatives, workplace training, cooperative programs and K-12 education resources.

Our History

Beyond Benign was created by Dr. John Warner, a founder of the field of Green Chemistry, to provide an approach and means for scientists, particularly those involved in green chemistry and sustainable science, to reach out to the public. Guided by the belief that all scientists should be able to explain their research in a simple and meaningful manner to people from all backgrounds and of all ages, in 1999 John incorporated community outreach into his students' academic experience as a requirement early in his tenure at the University of Massachusetts. His vision is to increase public awareness and understanding of science in general and specifically of the relationships between chemistry, human health and the environment.

Green Chemistry provides the perfect platform for communicating the importance of science in providing solutions for many of society's challenges because Green Chemistry inherently minimizes the impacts of science on the environment and it is a sustainable approach to chemistry. The relationship between Green Chemistry and the environment provides a uniquely positive, solutions-based starting point for encouraging younger students, who are greatly interested in the environment, to consider positive contributions they can make in any scientific field.

Over the eight academic years between 1999 and 2007, this positive message and the basic concepts of Green Chemistry were brought to an estimated 16,000 K-12 students through our outreach program. In August of 2007 Beyond Benign was incorporated as a non-profit organization independent of the University. Building on the relationships established with community members and schools in the Greater Boston area, we have expanded our community outreach efforts to include curriculum development and teacher training for K-12 educators.