What is Green Chemistry?
Green Chemistry is a revolutionary philosophy that seeks to unite government, academic and industrial communities by placing more focus on environmental impacts at the earliest stage of innovation and invention. This approach requires an open and interdisciplinary view of material and product design, applying the principle that it is better to consider waste prevention options during the design and development phase, rather than disposing or treating waste after a process or material has been developed. Environmentally benign alternatives to current materials and technologies must be systematically introduced across all types of manufacturing to promote a more environmental and economically sustainable future.
Environmentally benign alternative technologies have been proven to be economically superior and function as well or better than more toxic traditional options. When hazardous materials are removed from processes, all hazard-related costs are removed as well, significantly reducing hazardous materials handling, transportation, disposal and compliance concerns.
Given a choice between traditional options and green solutions, business leaders choose responsibly. Unfortunately, there is a significant shortage of more responsible green alternatives. Scientists and non-scientists alike can begin to address this technological gap by recognizing the interconnectivity between the construction of materials and environmental protection. There is tremendous untapped opportunity for ingenuity and reward at the chemical design stage; this is the central concern of Green Chemistry.
For this reason, Beyond Benign is focused on promoting science literacy in the interdependent arenas of community, industry and education.
John Warner : "Intellectual Ecology" Part 1
John Warner: Intellectual Ecology from Bioneers on You Tube.
Nature teaches us that no system is truly isolated and positive synergies are often at work. Yet the isolation of the various technological disciplines in our educational and industrial institutions has limited synergy in the human-built world. These walls are starting to break down.
A seminal founder of Green Chemistry, Dr. John Warner explores the opportunities to learn from nature about materials and the very process of innovation and creativity. He co-founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and was formerly a professor of Community Health and Sustainability and of Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Author of over 100 patents, papers and books including Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, he serves on the board of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington DC.
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- Pollution Prevention
- Atom Economy
- Less Hazardous Synthesis
- Design Safer Chemicals
- Safer Solvents & Auxiliaries
- Energy Efficiency
- Renewable Feedstocks
- Reduce Derivatives
- Design for Degradation
- Real-Time Analysis
- Accident Prevention
Anastas, Paul T. and John C. Warner. Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. Oxford University Press: 1998.