Chemistry Curricula Designed to Achieve Responsible Consumption and Production – Rapid-Fire

Organizers: David A. Laviska, Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University; Michael Wentzel, Associate Professor, Augsburg University; Natalie J. O’Neil, Higher Education Program Manager, Beyond Benign

Chemists and engineers have important roles to play in helping to achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Highlighting this connection through curricula that integrate Green Chemistry and Engineering concepts is vital to the process of training the next generation of scientists to tackle society’s global challenges. In the absence of specific curricular guidance, Green Chemistry and Engineering advocates (both individuals and organizations) have been working independently to create curricular materials that integrate sustainable practices and make connections to the U.N. SDGs.

This fast-paced and engaging symposium will provide educators of all levels (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate) with the opportunity to share their innovations and initiatives for incorporating Green Chemistry and Engineering content in lecture, laboratory, and outreach. Those modeling the inclusion of Green and Sustainable chemistry metrics which illustrate a life cycle thinking approach to designing a chemical product and/or chemical process toward advancing the circular economy are welcomed. Other representative topics include the use of renewable feedstocks, greener synthetic methods, function-based design, and intended use and end-of-life considerations. Contributions of these methods to improving safety or understanding toxicology would also be welcome. The rapid-fire session format will allow presenters seven minutes (with optional use of three minutes for content or questions) to engage the audience with a snapshot of their work and prompt audience participation. During presentations, each speaker will be asked to include at least one established or aspirational method of assessment for their initiatives. More than one submission by an author will be allowed in order to encourage a broad spectrum of topics.