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American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Education
Elementary and high school chemistry education resources for faculty, including instruction materials, teaching resources, academic standards and guidelines, and professional development.

Beyond Benign
Beyond Benign is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting green chemistry across industry, academia, and the general public to create a safer and more sustainable world. Beyond Benign specializes in curriculum development, education, and training. They host a variety of green chemistry programs geared specifically for K-12 educators, professionals, and community members.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Chemistry
Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.

EPA Information for Schools
This web page provides resources on:

  • Green purchasing
  • Green building
  • Environment issues
  • Integrated pest management
  • Internship opportunities

Greener Education Materials (GEMs) for Chemists
GEMs is an interactive collection of chemistry education materials focused on green chemistry. The database is a comprehensive source of educational materials including laboratory exercises, lecture materials, course syllabi, and multimedia content that illustrate chemical concepts important for green chemistry

Green Chemistry Institute (GCI)
Topics covered include:

  • Mission, history, governance, chapter affiliates, staff members.
  • Conferences and events – both future and past years.
  • Educational resources – including books, online resources, and activities and experiments listed by grade level.
  • Grants to promote research in green chemistry.
  • Awards recognizing outstanding research in green chemistry.
  • Industrial innovation through application of green chemistry and engineering principles.

Green Chemistry Education Network (GCEdNet)
GCEdNet is a network of scientists dedicated to promoting the adoption of green chemistry into chemistry curricula.

King County Laboratory Waste Management Guide
This report was prepared by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Washington. The report gives guidance on proper storage, handling, neutralization, and other treatment options. Safety and handling techniques are also covered.

PPRC's K-12 Education Topic Hub
PPRC,  a non-profit organization,  is the Northwest's leading source of high- quality, unbiased pollution prevention (P2) information. PPRC works collaboratively to promote environmental protection through P2. PPRC believes that environmental and economic vitality go hand in hand, and that both are necessary to protect the high quality of life enjoyed in our region.

University of Scranton
The University of Scranton offers a variety of resources that help educators incorporate green chemistry into their chemistry classes.

Washington State Department of Health - Schools and Mercury
All mercury waste must be disposed as hazardous waste, or preferably recycled, either via a hazardous waste hauler or a permitted county or city hazardous waste collection program. These programs/contractors will ensure the mercury is properly managed. Your Educational Service District or local hazardous waste program may assist with recycling and disposal options.