Green Chemistry Resources for Management Educators 

A  2014 Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop recently featured a lesson plan developed by Michigan educator Deborah Steketee, PhD, Associate Professor of Sustainable Business at Aquinas College. “Body Burdens: Business Responds” helps introduce management and sustainable business students to the concept of “body” burdens, green chemistry and innovation through use of the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse resources. The handouts from her presentation are available below. For more information on how to adapt the lesson plan to your classroom, contact her at: or 616-632-2930.

Lesson Plan (Part 1) (PDF)
Lesson Plan (Part 2) (PDF)

“Labor and Environmental Health Activists Build Alliances to Promote Green Chemistry” 
Tolle Graham (Labor and Environment Coordinator, Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, USW 9358) and
Ed Collins
 (Industrial Representative, 
Industrial Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Exec. Vice President-at-large, Massachusetts AFL-CIO)
February 25, 2012

“Train-the-Trainer” Green Chemistry Curriculum

The New EnglandConsortium (TNEC), based in the Center for Health Promotion and Research of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, is a model worker health and safety training organization in New England. It is one of 20 national programs administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). In partnership with the School of Health and Environment (UMASS Lowell), TNEC provides open enrollment curricula, customized training and dynamic hands-on health and safety training with the use of simulated work tasks and mock incidents to provide students with a better understanding of workplace hazards and emergency responses. TNEC’s courses meet or exceed the OSHA 1910.120 standard for protecting hazardous waste workers and employees who respond to hazardous material emergencies in their workplaces. Courses are delivered at TNEC’s Training Center at UMass Lowell or at a company’s site anywhere in New England.

TNEC developed a short (4 hour) “Train-the-Trainer” curriculum on green chemistry, specifically to train environmental and worker health and safety activists who would become a network promoting policies to promote the advancement of green chemistry and safer chemical alternatives in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

  • PDF documents of the green chemistry curricula, instructors guide and posters can be found at the TNEC website (here).
  • A webinar describing the curriculum was hosted by the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network and Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse:
    • PDF of webinar