Welcome to the Green Chemistry Education News and Events Blog!  Here you will find a current list of green chemistry education related announcements, news summaries, and conference and event information. A link to the green chemistry event calendar is also available to the right. Michigan news and events are included, as well as important national and international green chemistry education items. Visit this page often to stay up to date with the latest green chemistry education news!

Previous archived MI Green Chemistry Education Newsletters may be found here.

ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education

The ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement (ACS-CEI) has established a new award for members who are working to incorporate sustainability into chemistry education. ACS-CEI seeks to recognize and spread the word on ways sustainable chemistry can be creatively and effectively taught to all levels of students. Awardees will receive travel costs to speak about their projects at the 2015 Spring National Meeting in Denver, CO.  For more information, see the official announcement.

Greening the Science Lab Training Note

“Greening the School Science Lab,” this month’s free Science Department Safety Training Note from Flinn, offers easy ways to “go green” by reducing the use and generation of hazardous substances. Share these simple principles at your next department meeting to improve lab safety and protect the environment.

To view and/or print “Greening the School Science Lab,” please click here.

MSTA 2015 Spring Newsletter

The 2015 Michigan Science Teachers Associations Spring Newsletter is now available online.  This edition features an update on Michigan Science Standards based upon the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Click here for PDF of the 2015 Michigan Science Teachers Associations Spring Newsletter

HEASC Sustainability Fellows Applications

Contribute to a sustainable future at the national level! Apply to be a Sustainability Fellow at HEASC (Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium). As a Fellow, you will be part of a group of outstanding individuals, each contributing to an important part of the national trend toward sustainability in higher education. You will spend 3-5 hours each week working on high impact projects identified by HEASC. To apply and see some of the sustainability resources and projects of HEASC member organizations, visit the program website here.

S-Lab Awards

A new awards scheme which recognizes good practice in laboratory design, operation and management in all sectors, and in laboratory-based teaching and learning within educational institutions, that creates improved performance whilst enhancing safety and sustainability. There are seven award categories, and the winners of the Awards will be announced at the S-Lab conference.

Both the Conference and the Awards are organized by S-Lab (Safe, Successful and Sustainable Laboratories) in association with the National HE STEM Programme who are assisting with the education-related aspects (via the University of Bradford Greening STEM project and Regional Hub).

Supporting organizations include HEaTED, The Royal Academy of Engineering. and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Cengage Learning Seeking Contributors

Publisher Cengage Learning is seeking contributors of Green Chemistry educational materials for its publications and OWL, its online homework system. Please contact the Executive Editor of Cengage Learning, Lisa Lockwood if you are interested in contributing!  Email: lisa.lockwood@cengage.com

EPA to Review Toxicity Ratings

“Congress orders the Environmental Protection Agency to review the toxicity ratings of some chemicals and improve its process for making such assessments.”  More information is available from “The Scientist” here.

MacArthur Fellowship Awarded to Melanie Sanford (University of Michigan)

Melanie Sanford of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) received a MacArthur Fellowship for her work on transition metal catalysts in organic reactions! An interview is available here.