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Green Chemistry Resources

Please refer to Green Chemistry related resources, grouped for industry, academia, and the public to use as a starting point. If you know of others that would be useful to add, please contact us.

Business and Professional Resources

American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) Industrial & Business
The ACS GCI has business case studies as well as collaborative forums for pharmaceutical companies, formulators, and chemical manufacturers with tools, including the Process Mass Intensity (PMI) calculator tool and solvent selection guide.
A collaboration of business and nonprofit leaders creating a roadmap to increase the use of safer chemicals and sustainable materials in the U.S. economy.
The Chemical Hazard and Alternatives Toolbox is an internet database offering easy to use information to protect people from harmful chemicals in the workplace.

Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3)
A business-to-business organization that advances green chemistry designs across supply chains. The council provides a forum for businesses to share information and experiences about the challenges and opportunities in safer chemicals and products.

After reviewing many different methods to evaluate the impacts chemicals have upon human health and the environment, Ecology selected the GreenScreen® methodology as its primary tool to conduct a hazard assessment. The GreenScreen® is based upon the process developed by EPA’s Design for the Environment Program. It was developed by the nonprofit group, Clean Production Action.

Greener Solutions Program
The University of California, Berkeley's Greener Solutions program partners students with companies, non-profits, and/or government agencies interested in promoting more sustainable chemistry. Every year teams of graduate students and advanced undergraduates work closely with partner organizations, allowing students to share their knowledge in a real-world context.
IC2 Chemical Hazard Assessment Database
The IC2 has developed the Chemical Hazard Assessment Database to enable users to search for GreenScreen® and Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT) chemical hazard assessments. These hazard assessments are an important component of an alternatives assessment. The purpose of this tool is to promote awareness of hazard assessments conducted on chemicals of high concern, facilitate transparency and discussion, and reduce duplication of effort.
Industrial Materials Exchange (IMEX)
A free listing service to help you or your business sell or give away your surplus materials and wastes, or to help you find materials to use. IMEX will only accept listings from the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).
Materials Innovation Exchange
Buy, sell, or trade industrial by-products at this free listing service. Turn your waste materials into revenue; discover materials you can use and find local industries that can take and use your materials.
Northwest Green Chemistry (NGC)
NGC provides the tools, knowledge, assistance, and connections that help companies implement green chemistry and safer alternative practices. NGC is evaluating innovative technologies, providing education and training, and forging partnerships between industry, government, and non-governmental organizations.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox (SAAT)
This site is a compilation of resources relevant to chemical substitution and alternatives assessments.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration- Transitioning to Safer Chemicals: A Tool for Employers and Workers
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
A nonprofit organization that is the Northwest’s leading source of high quality, unbiased pollution prevention information.

The Healthy Building Network created a chemical and material library called Pharos. Pharos contains an online database that screens chemicals against over 40 authoritative hazard and warning lists. You can use Pharos to screen chemicals to quickly determine whether they have been identified as a problem by one of these sources. The building product library lists products and allows you to evaluate and compare alternatives.

Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award promotes the environmental and economic benefits of green chemistry. This prestigious award recognizes chemical technologies that incorporate green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use.
Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT)
QCAT is a simplified hazard assessment tool that can be used to compare hazards of different chemicals when looking for safer alternatives. Ecology developed the QCAT to help small and medium businesses that are concerned about the alternative assessment process. The QCAT is not intended to replace more thorough assessment methods like the GreenScreen® but it can provide an introduction to the hazard assessment process, or serve as an initial screen before a more thorough assessment is done.
Safer Choice Program (EPA)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Safer Choice program helps consumers, businesses and purchasers protect people and the environment by identifying safer products and finding safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. Safer choice:
Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)
TURI, located at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, provides resources and tools to help make the world a safer and more sustainable place to live and work. TURI has a number of resources including the CleanerSolutions database that identifies less hazardous products as well as a way for cleaner producers to be listed in the database. TURI has also performed a number of alternative assessments, including one for the chlorinated solvent perchloroethylene (PERC) commonly used in the dry cleaning industry.
Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.
UW Professional & Continuing Education Certificate in Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship
The Professional and Continuing Education program at the University of Washington is offering a certificate in Green Chemistry and Chemical Stewardship in 2015. The certificate is intended for chemists, environmental, and sustainable professionals, health and safety professionals, and product managers interested in chemicals management. Registration is now open and classes begin in January 2015.
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Classroom Resources

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB)
AHB is a consortium of Pacific Northwest Universities and industry partners working to prepare the region for a sustainable hardwood bioproducts and biofuels industry. This group is developing bioenergy activities from middle and high school students and educators.
ACS Green Chemistry Education
A resource linking educators to textbooks, pocket guides, a list of colleges and universities with green chemistry programs, activities, and experiments sorted by grade level and other information.
Ask Nature
Ask Nature is a comprehensive catalog of nature's solutions to human design challenges. This online library features free information on natural phenomena and bio-inspired applications tailored to meet the needs of the people who invent our world.
Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
Laboratory experiments and interdisciplinary curricula including toxicology.
Beyond Benign
An educational non-profit organization that provides materials for teachers in K-12 and higher education. The materials include lesson plans, demos, posters, teacher trainings, and more.
Biomimicry Education Network
A global community of teachers who are integrating biomimicry into K-12 classrooms, university courses, and informal learning environments. The network offers curricula, a blog, an online peer network, and K-12 and university challenges.
Boeing/Teaching Channel: Polymers for the Planet
The Boeing Company and Teaching Channel have been working together since 2014 to create problem-based curricula inspired by the science and engineering innovations at Boeing and informed by globally competitive science, math, and literacy standards. The Polymers for the Planet unit explores the properties of matter and introduces students to polymeric materials and their properties. Hands-on activities explore types and uses of plastics and reinforced plastic composites.
Carnegie Mellon University, The Institute for Green Science
In addition to research, the institute provides a free beta version of their online course, An Introduction to Green Chemistry, which can be found under the Education and Ethics tab.
Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops, and Community of Scholars (cCWCS)
Provides support for STEM education dissemination efforts through sponsorship of workshops and symposia, assistance with advertising and website development. cCWCS offers green chemistry workshops.
EPA's Safe Chemical Management in Schools
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed a web-based tool kit to help schools and school districts start or improve their chemical management programs. The program also provides a number of resources on the safe handling of chemicals in schools.
Green Chemistry Assistant Web Application, St. Olaf College
Provides assistance with green chemistry applications for all levels of chemistry students.
Green Chemistry Education Network, (GCEdNet), University of Oregon
Serves as a catalyst for integrating green chemistry in chemical education at all levels. It supports opportunities to research, develop, implement and disseminate green educational materials. There is a group discussion area where one can go ask questions and recommend suggestions.
Greener Education Materials for Chemists (GEMs) Database
An interactive collection of chemistry education materials focused on green chemistry. While the majority of the content is for a higher education audience, there are also materials aimed at primary and secondary school students and the public.
Hazards on the Homefront
This collection of nine lessons introduces students to the hazards of chemicals commonly found in households and how to find safer alternatives.
King County Rehab the Lab
King County provides a number of resources to help improve chemical management in science labs, arts and crafts studios and storage rooms, photo labs, and custodial closets.
Molecular Design Research Network
A new green chemistry and green engineering initiative that focuses on the rational design of chemicals and materials to reduce toxicity. This multidisciplinary effort is led by Yale University with partners from Baylor University, George Washington University, and the University of Washington. The initiative addresses the question "How can we reduce the toxicity of new chemical substances?."
Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) Educational Resources
NARA developed a bioenergy literacy search tool that identifies teaching materials such as lesson plans, datasets, videos, images, activities, software and modules related to biofuels.
A free, toxicology-centered encyclopedia offering articles and resources, such as information on toxic chemicals, the history of toxicology, and a poster on the milestones of toxicology.
University of Scranton, Greening Across the Chemistry Curriculum
The University of Scranton site features Greening Across the Chemistry Curriculum, which includes modules for green chemistry.
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Student Resources

Learn about green chemistry student awards, travel grants, workshops, how to incorporate green chemistry into your chemistry club, ad about schools that have green chemistry programs.
Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC)
This group has an undergraduate summer research program and a summer school for advanced PhD students, postdoc fellows and other early career researchers.
GC3 Innovators Internship
The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council created an annual internship program.
Green Chemistry Innovation Forum Job Board
Find postings for jobs in green chemistry.
Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientist and Engineers (NESSE)
An international community of academic researchers and young professionals in the first ten years of their career working on technological solutions to today's most pressing environmental and energy challenges.
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Initiatives and Commitments

GC3 Policy Statement on Green Chemistry in Higher Education
GC3 developed an industry "policy statement" in support of green chemistry education at the university level and in continuing education. The GC3 would like to expand the list of signatories, using the statement as a tool to conduct outreach with policy makers, university administrators, and research agencies.
Green Chemistry Commitment
Offers access to a broad and supportive community of chemistry experts and a flexible framework for green chemistry curriculum and training.
Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI)
The initiative created goals to develop new nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing approaches that offer a high level of performance, yet pose minimal harm to human health and the environment.
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Recorded Webinars

ACS Green Chemistry and Sustainability Channel Archive
BizNGO webinar archive
GC3 Webinars
The GC3 hosts webinars on topics of interest to their members. Presentations are available. They have also put together a Safer Chemistry for Businesses webinar series.
Green Chemistry 101 Video Training Modules
Ecology helped sponsor this recording at the Green Chemistry and Engineering Student Workshop in June 2013.
Green Chemistry Commitment webinars
This series highlights relevant topics for chemistry educators and students to incorporate green chemistry into their courses, labs and programs.
Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse Webinar Series Archive
Contains a list of webinars hosted by the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse and the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network.
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Slides and some recorded webinars.
​Northwest Green Chemistry webinars
Webinar topics target everyone from new entrepreneurs who just got their first big green idea, to established small business owners who are interested in scaling up and incorporating green chemistry and engineering principles.
Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)
Many of TURI's free webinars offer continuing education credits.
University of Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
Western Sustainability & Pollution Prevention Network
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Directory of Green Chemistry Organizations

Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse
Has an alphabetical listing of organizations involved in green chemistry.
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Videos, Guides, and Posters

Green Chemistry - the Path Forward, Paul Anastas (video, 52 minutes)

Value of Green Chemistry, Helen Holder, Andy Safer, Tse Sung (video, 64 minutes)

Green Chemistry Webinars for High School Chemistry Teachers

Growing the Green Economy Through Green Chemistry and Design for the Environment Ecology publication 09-04-010

A Roadmap for Advancing Green Chemistry in Washington State Ecology publication 12-04-009

Hazards on the Homefront, , a teacher’s guide to hazardous household products and waste. Lessons for grades 4 – 12 explore health and environmental concerns.

Isoamyl Acetate and the Honeybee poster

QCAT Hazard Assessment Tool webinar

Services Promoting Sustainable Practices

Technical Resources for Energy Efficiency (TREE)

Lean and Green Project (Lean)

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

Related Washington State Regulations

Antifouling boat paint, RCW 70.300

Better Brakes, Chapter 173-901 WAC

Bisphenol A, RCW 70.280

Children's Safe Product Act, RCW 70.240

Lead Wheel Weights, RCW 70.270

PBDE Flame Retardants, RCW 70.76

Toxics in Packaging, RCW 70.95G

Storm Water Pollution - Coal Tar, RCW 70.295