Workforce Development

Green Chemistry in practice implies designing safer, economical, efficacious and efficient processes and products. All of these aspects are symptoms of good product design and good manufacturing processes and can result in economic benefit for institutions that implement these practices. Green Chemistry can be a tool for regional economic development and jobs creation. Education and training at the academic and technical level are required to support a workforce that can meet societies needs for sustainable technologies.

Green Chemistry offers a concrete path to achieve sustainable and safe laboratory practices. The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry establish a framework for practicing chemists to follow along this path.


"Green Coming to a Job Near You"

From The Eagle Tribune
April 20, 2009


"Anybody searching for a job may want to think green." In mid-April, John Warner, Congressman John Tierney, and several business leaders met at the Warner Babcock Institute to discuss the green industry. Inspired by that meeting, the Eagle Tribune’s article discusses the growing demand for a green workforce, especially in local Massachusetts companies. The article cites John Warner’s perspective on workforce development through Green Chemistry and education; it also includes a video interview with Congressman Tierney, who co-authored the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which includes $500 million in funding for the Green Jobs Act.

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Academia's Role in Workforce Development

Academia plays a key role in educating scientists joining the workforce. It is essential that academic science programs integrate the principles of Green Chemistry into their curriculum and laboratories. Beyond Benign works with academic institutions to support regional growth and education in Green Chemistry. learn more