Putting the Green in the Next Generation Science Standards

A series of green chemistry events aimed at K-12 science teachers will be held this coming year, hosted by the GVSU Chemistry Department, the Regional Math and Science Center, and the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse. The series will focus on supporting K-12 teachers in developing lesson plans and activities that integrate green chemistry and sustainability into teaching and learning in their classrooms. The primary objectives of these sessions will be to:

  • increase awareness in K-12 education about green and sustainable chemistry,
  • form communities of teachers who are interested in green chemistry, and
  • encourage collaboration to develop green chemistry curriculum.

Included will be discussions on how Green Chemistry concepts relate to the NGSS: Next Generation Science Standards (pending adoption). 

For more background information about the program, checkout the first in a series of webinars, entitled The Missing Link: Green Chemistry for the NGSS, that was aired on May 8th 2013. 

 PDF and video recording of the webinar presentation is now available.

Participant Blogs

The blogs listed below are created by the participants of the Green Next Generation Science Standards program.  They will include experiences by the participants of integrating green chemistry into their classrooms and labs, and also eventually resources, course material, and links for other teachers to join in “greening” of their courses.

Deanna Collin’s Green Chemistry Blog

Green Chemistry Resources Blog


News Items

GC3 Mainstreaming Green Chemistry Webinar Series- The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry: Sustainability at the Molecular Level– John Warner and Amy Cannon of The Warner Babcock Institute and Beyond Benign presented a webinar on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2pm ET!  This webinar reviewed the 12 principles of green chemistry and provided examples of each from the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry. The webinar provided a solid overview of green chemistry principles for a wide range of fields and jobs.  

“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 go to: http://www.flinnsci.com/snnovember13

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is offered three concurrent Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) workshops prior to the MSTA annual conference. The workshops were intended for teachers and non-formal educators and focused on climate change, energy resources, and water quality. Attendees received all unit materials and instruction for only $35.

The 2013 Michigan Science Teachers Associations Fall Newsletter is now available online.  This season’s issue features a molecular modeling activity in which students gain a better understanding of how particle behavior leads to changes in matter. The activity is also connected to the NGSS Core Ideas. The activity is found on page 12 of the newsletter.

  PDF of the 2013 Michigan Science Teachers Associations Fall Newsletter


Future Events

MSTA 62nd Annual Conference “Engineering GRAND Ideas in Science”
February 27 – 28, 2015 – Grand Rapids, MI
Click here for more information 

Past Events

  • May 8, 2013: Webinar – The Missing Element:  Green Chemistry for the Next Generation Science Standard
  • August 13, 2013: WorkshopPutting the Green in the Next Generation Science
  • October 24, 2013: WorkshopPutting the Green in the Next Generation Science, a session held during the 2013 Michigan Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.
  • November 20, 2013: Workshop – Fall Science Update at GVSU (Grand Rapids Campus).
  • March 6-8, 2014: Presentation – Michigan Science Teachers Association Presentation in Lansing, MI


The first workshop in the series was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. This workshop was offered at no cost. Participants were introduced to the principles of Green Chemistry and how these principles can be applied in the classroom. The workshop was intended to facilitate interested teachers in meeting and organizing collaborative groups to develop green and sustainable chemistry and integrated engineering and science lesson plans based on the Next Generation Science Standards.  

  •  Workshop Information

The next event in this series was a session held at the 2013 Michigan Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference on October 24 at GVSU Eberhard Center.  The session was held to allow educators participating in the program to further develop and integrate green chemistry into their lab and classroom curriculum.

  •   PDF of the Oct. 24 Conference Agenda

>On Thursday, November 7 the Calvin College Chemistry Seminar welcomed Calvin’s own Dr. Crystal Bruxvoort from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  Dr. Bruxvoort presented on scientific and engineering practices in the K-12 classroom.

  •   Seminar Flier


Green Chemistry Resources Links

  • Greening Across the Curriculum

Green Chemistry Resources for High School

Green Chemistry Resources for Middle School

Teacher Testimonials

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Erika Fatura
Pentwater Public Schools

“The ideas behind Green Chemistry simply make sense and leave me questioning why it took us so long to get to this point. Through this professional development I was able to gain access to many Green Chemistry teaching resources and was also able to connect with other teachers in Michigan who are passionate about using it in their classrooms.”


ACS Webinets

ACS WebinetsTM “2 Minutes to a Smarter Scientist” presents:

How to Create New Thinking in Green Chemistry” by Julie Beth Zimmerman (Yale University)