Session S61b (Wednesday, 2pm, Thomas 216)

P803: Teaching green and sustainable chemistry through a one-semester course: An exciting challenge

Anne Marteel-Parrish (Washington College, USA)

A writing-intensive course titled “Green and sustainable chemistry” was originally designed for minors and majors in Chemistry. The current syllabus was crafted for an enrollment of 10 to 15 students. After experiencing consistent growth in our number of enrollees, the existing syllabus is undergoing revisions and being adapted to a broader audience. To summarize, the revised syllabus will consist of:  learning about the foundations of green chemistry and sustainability in a lecture format; investigating case studies divided in categories such as food, drugs, environment, and technology; and discussing concerns related to environmentally benign chemistry initiatives in the developed and developing countries. Finally, students apply critical thinking skills and team work to come up with an alternative design to a chemical reaction, process or product that is not environmentally friendly.  General goals of the revised course will be presented.

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