Two Michigan Universities Commit to National Green Chemistry Leadership Program

Grand Valley State University and Michigan Technological University have joined as initial signers to the Green Chemistry Commitment. Both are active members of the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable. Grand Valley State University is one of a few institutions in the country that offers a Certificate in Green Chemistry for chemistry majors while Michigan Technological University has a continuing commitment to sustainability and environmental research.

The Green Chemistry Commitment is a national effort to encourage the teaching of skills and knowledge for green chemistry within higher education institutions, led by the non-profit Beyond Benign Foundation. The Department of Chemistry at Grand Valley State University was featured at the launch of the Commitment during the national Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington, D.C. this year.

Green chemistry is defined as the reduction in use or generation of hazardous substances in chemical processes and products. Green chemistry education is critical to enable the next generation of scientists to develop innovative new materials and processes while simultaneously making our environment safer and more sustainable.

The Green Chemistry Commitment is open to any higher education institution willing to work towards implementing key benchmarks for green chemistry education. More information on the Commitment can be found at

The Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable recognizes the leadership shown by these organizations and looks forward to working with other institutions in Michigan to join the Commitment. The Commitment represents an opportunity for higher education institutions to further the goals of the State of Michigan Green Chemistry Program.

To find more information on the Michigan Green Chemistry Program and Roundtable, visit the DEQ Web page at, or call the DEQ Environmental Assistance Center at 800‑662-9278.

Save the date! April 1-2, 2014!

Learn first-hand about the business case for Green Chemistry and how companies can take advantage of technical assistance opportunities to help them move forward in their own effort to promote sustainability. Network with others who are interested in adopting green chemistry principles to advance economic development and a healthy environment in the Great Lakes region. The purpose of this conference is to show how innovations in green chemistry drive advances in business, academia, policy, and human health protection in the Great Lakes region, and how integration and collaboration of these areas are crucial for success. The conference will include keynotes, plenary sessions, panel sessions, breakout sessions, and a poster networking exchange. Click here for more information.


Green Chemistry webinars

The Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse and the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network have teamed up to provide monthly webinars on issues related to safer materials and green chemistry. The public is welcome to join. For more information, please click here.