Examples of Past Events

  • Green Chemistry Commitment Webinar Series
    Green Chemistry: The Missing Element in Chemistry Education

    October 15, 2014, 2pm – 3pm EDT

    This interactive webinar features Dr. John C. Warner, 2014 Perkin Medal Winner, Founder and C.T.O of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry.

    Chemists are the only people in the world who have the skills and abilities to create new molecules that have never existed before. The chemistry community has many wonderful accomplishments to be proud of over the years. But there is something missing in our education. We really are not providing chemists with a basic set of tools to interact with the toxicology and environmental health communities to help build safety and sustainability into our design strategies.

    About the Green Chemistry Webinar Series:

    All webinars are free and open to the public. All webinars will be recorded and posted along with supporting documents and additional information:

    Webinar Registration

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  • The 66th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society
    October 16-19, 2014
    Nashville, TN

    Presentation on the Green Chemistry Commitment by faculty from signing institutions, Irv Levy (Gordon College) and Nicholas Marshall (Berea College)

    Info & Conference Registration

  • MA STEM Summit
    October 22, 2014
    Worcester DCU Center

    The Summit begins to look ahead to the next decade, in which a thriving STEM education and workforce continuum will continue to help drive economic opportunity and prosperity.

    Throughout the day, panel presentations, plenary speakers and exhibitors will showcase STEM initiatives, share innovative thinking, and highlight the goals, plans and progress of STEM policies and programs throughout Massachusetts.

    Sessions will cover a broad range of topics, including: state policy; early childhood, K-12, and higher education; out-of-school time programs; digital education; research and practice; innovation and entrepreneurship; workforce development and career awareness; skilled educators; and more.

    Info & Conference Registration

  • Breaking Green: A Monster Art Show
    October 23, 2014 6-8:30PM
    Wilmington, MA

    Beyond Benign and the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and local artist Carolyn Parello, in conjunction with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell proudly announce the Breaking Green Art Show, opening Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6pm-8:30pm at Beyond Benign and the Warner Babcock Institute facility, 100 Research Drive, Wilmington, MA.

    To celebrate National Chemistry Week and Halloween, this event will showcase Parello’s collection of monster paintings and promote Beyond Benign’s mission of green chemistry and sustainable science education.

    Details & Press Release

  • NESACS National Chemistry Week Celebration
    November 2, 2014
    Boston Museum of Science

    Green Chemistry at the Museum of Science, Boston

    Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2014!

    See exciting demonstrations from Bassam Shakhashiri, professor of chemistry and famed demonstrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and participate in hands-on activities around this year's theme: The Sweet Side of Chemistry — Candy!

    Learn about the chemistry of sweet, sour, stretchy, and sticky; explore the science behind foams, gels, and emulsions; and learn how artificial sweeteners work.

    Info & Conference Registration

  • Annual MAST/MESLA Conference
    November 13-14, 2014
    Boxborough, MA

    The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) is a professional organization dedicated to improving science education at all levels. MAST is the state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and acts as your representative on national and state policies concerning science education.

    Info & Conference Registration

  • Green Chemistry Commitment Webinar Series
    Modernizing the Organic Chemistry Laboratory with Green Chemistry

    November 19, 2014, 2-3PM

    Modernizing the Organic Chemistry Laboratory with Green Chemistry, Dr. Jane Wissinger, University of Minnesota.

    The pedagogical goals of the organic chemistry laboratory course are multi-dimensional and can include teaching common laboratory techniques needed to synthesize, purify, and characterize organic molecules, as well as problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. In meeting these targets, faculty have a choice of continuing to use experiments that have been performed for decades or choose newer chemistries that exemplify the 12 principles of green chemistry. I propose that the latter illustrates a more modern representation of the industrial chemical community’s initiatives to minimize environmental impact, engages students of all disciplines with relevant content, and better prepares chemistry majors for research and employment. Examples of how classic experiments were replaced with greener versions will be shared and how an overall curriculum content reform was designed to instill a green and sustainable mindset in the diverse student population served.

    Webinar Registration


Blasts from the Past!

Green Chemistry at RHS

in Chemical & Engineering News:
"Sustainable R&D"

by Stephen K. Ritter
October 4, 2010

Chemical & Engineering NewsThe October issue of Chemical & Engineering News a publication of the
American Chemical Society, features an article on Beyond Benign and the Warner Babcock Institute in it's Science & Technology section.

"In a technology park just north of Boston, a new model for sustainable chemical research and development is unfolding..."

Read an Excerpt
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the Technology Teacher
"What is Green?"

Rachel Pokrandt in the Technology TeacherThe March issue of "the Technology Teacher," a publication of the International Technology & Engineering Education Association, focuses on bringing green to the classroom and features an article by our very own Rachel Pokrandt!

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Beyond Benign at Galvin Middle School

the 12 Principles

  • Pollution Prevention
  • Atom Economy
  • Less Hazardous Synthesis
  • Design Safer Chemicals
  • Safer Solvents & Auxiliaries
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Feedstocks
  • Reduce Derivatives
  • Catalysis
  • Design for Degradation
  • Real-Time Analysis
  • Accident Prevention

Anastas, Paul T. and John C. Warner. Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. Oxford University Press: 1998.

more about the 12 Principles
the 12 Principles poster

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