Green Chemistry in Higher Education

Ecology wants to help professors and departments integrate green chemistry concepts into curriculum and academic research. Chemistry programs are a great start, but students in business, environmental science, public health, and other disciplines will also benefit from understanding green chemistry concepts.


  • Help educators replace traditional lab chemicals with safer alternatives and create new experiments that illustrate green chemistry concepts.
  • Work with industry to recruit job applicants with green chemistry education.
  • Connect professors interested in green chemistry to industry examples and experts in the field.
  • Provide information on scholarships to conferences and other learning events for students and professors.
  • Share stories and examples of green chemistry in higher education in Washington.

Resources for students

Jobs and internships in green chemistry

Check the Green Chemistry Innovation Forum's job board for jobs related to green chemistry.

Ecology has worked with the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) education group to provide examples of careers in green chemistry. Curious about what industry careers exist in green chemistry? Watch GC3's In pursuit of Green Chemistry and Careers in Green Chemistry webinars to learn more.

Green chemistry academic programs

Looking for a research opportunity or courses in green chemistry? The American Chemical Society keeps a list of green chemistry academic programs. Want to help bring green chemistry activities and support to your school? Form a Green Chemistry ACS student chapter!

Additional Student Resources

Apply for funding to present green chemistry research at a conference.

Find opportunities to learn about this field on our continuing education page.

Resources for faculty

Green chemistry webinars for educators

Beyond Benign offers a webinar series to help higher education integrate green chemistry into curriculum. Series topics are targeted to both general chemistry courses as well as organic chemistry and other advanced courses.

For a more introductory look at green chemistry, University of Oregon faculty Julie Haack and Jim Hutchison recorded a webinar describing the value of green chemistry to society and within education. Their site provides materials such as case studies, lab exercises and toxicology resources. Learn more or sign the commitment

Sign the Green Chemistry Commitment

The Green Chemistry Commitment is a project sponsored by Beyond Benign that unites colleges and universities to build support for green chemistry in education. Institutions that sign the commitment agree to progressively incorporate green chemistry theory and practice into their chemistry programs. Learn more or sign the commitment!

Green chemistry policy statement

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) has developed a policy statement that declares a need for universities and colleges to ensure that science and engineering students understand concepts like toxicity, lifecycle impacts, and market drivers for hazardous waste generation. Ecology has signed this policy statement along with other companies, such as Dow Chemical Company, Hewlett-Packard, and Nike.


Contact Saskia van Bergen at 360-407-6609.


Ecology videos, curriculum, and poster

Videos on the 12 principles of green chemistry

Green chemistry education: Catalyzing sustainable innovation webinar

Isoamyl Acetate and the Honeybee poster

Highlighted resources

Green Chemistry Education Network: groups

Introduction to Green Chemistry Principles poster

Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry curriculum

Greener Education Materials for Chemists (GEMs)

MoDRN undergraduate and graduate curriculum

ACS textbooks, lab manuals & reference materials

Charting the Path Forward: An Education Roadmap for Green Chemistry

Article about jobs in green chemistry

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