Providing Guidance for a Wide Distribution and Implementation of Green Chemistry to Developing Countries and Economies in Transition (Invited Presenters Only)
Session Organizers: Paul Anastas, Yale University, Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering; Karolina Mellor, Yale University, Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering; Philip Coish, Yale University, Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering
Sustainable design has touched virtually all sectors of society and industry ranging from agriculture to energy to building materials to pharmaceuticals and personal care products and cleaners. Unfortunately, these accomplishments have taken place largely in the industrialized nations of the world. There are only nascent efforts to advance Green Chemistry in a small number of developing and transitioning countries and the lack of awareness of the mechanisms to ensure a broad-based adoption of Green Chemistry is evident. The Center for Green Chemistry & Engineering at Yale has entered into a 3-year collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization [UNIDO] to raise awareness on Green Chemistry and build capacity on approaches to reduce the generation and use of hazardous chemicals throughout the industrial life cycle in developing countries. This session will allow workshop participants to learn about the Yale-UNIDO initiative, and critically, engage in a discussion of the approaches and strategies of the Yale-UNIDO initiative for the dissemination of the Principles of Green Chemistry to a wide range of stakeholders who wish to pursue sustainable development within their countries. In addition, the workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas on how to implement green chemistry in developing and transitioning countries, and will hopefully inspire participants to engage in the global dissemination of green chemistry principles in an effort to create economic, environmental, and societal benefits. Finally, the session will also engage students by presenting an award for the best video which will be used for green chemistry dissemination purposes.