21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference | June 13-15, 2017 | Reston, Virginia

Green Chemistry = Social and Environmental Justice: Theory and Practice

Symposium Organizers: Ed Brush; Grace Lasker

Green Chemistry is the science of making smart choices in how we design, make, use and dispose of chemicals and chemical products. Chemicals provide the function we demand in consumer products. However, we also need to be aware of the unintended consequences of chemicals on human and environmental health. Hazardous chemicals are disproportionately impacting children and adults in low income, minority neighborhoods, while the presence of naturally-occurring and human made chemicals effect access to clean water. This violates our definition of social and environmental justice where all people, regardless of race or economic status, have the right to live, work, play and learn in healthy, safe environments.

The goal of this symposium is to establish the future directions for this discussion by expanding our current knowledge in defining, identifying and understanding the issues. This will be accomplished through: (1) sharing knowledge and experiences across disciplines and fields; (2) discussing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; and (3) learning about educational strategies and resources.