GREEN is dedicated to educating students of all ages; elementary and high school students, undergraduate and graduate researchers, and academic and industrial scientists about the importance of green chemistry. We promote sustainability and minimization of the environmental impact produced by the chemicals and solvents used daily in academic and industrial research and production. We also encourage the use of “greener” and environmentally-friendly alternatives in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the standard practices. For instance, as rare-earth metals and fossil fuels are depleted, it is crucial that the community (scientific and societal) embraces green alternatives and reduction of the use and waste of our precious resources.
The twelve principles of green chemistry, established by Anastas and Warner, suggest such practices as the prevention of waste and implementation of less-hazardous chemical syntheses, synthetic and energy efficiency, catalysis and byproduct reduction, and the use of renewable resources for the development of biodegradable products. Using these principles as a guideline for the development of safer and greener chemistry, chemists in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department of the University of Arizona, the greater university population, the city of Tucson, the state of Arizona, and the country and world together will benefit from the reduction of waste, pollution, and hazardous materials released into the environment every day.
The sole purpose of GREEN is to provide education and resources on green chemistry. It is designed for outreach to the local, national, and global population in order to promote environmental awareness. It is also a tool and networking center for chemists, biologists, and engineers conscious of our increasing need for sustainable science and environmentally-friendly methods, procedures, and products. GREEN’s members are dedicated to through our website resources, public lectures by leading figures in green chemistry and green engineering, implementation of green chemistry experiments in high school and higher education science classes, and community workshops and outreach programs.
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