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28th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference


GC&E Fridays

To register for G&CE Friday events, please check off those you would like to attend while registering for the conference and we will follow up with Zoom links. These are available to both in-person and virtual registrants.

Virtual Poster Session

Friday, May 24, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EDT

Virtual attendees will have a chance to present posters in this GC&E Friday event. Posters in this session can be relevant to any green chemistry and engineering topic. There will be three breakout sessions available for attendance:

  1. Red Pill  (GCE Virtual Room A)
  2. Blue Pill (GCE Virtual Room B)
  3. Green Pill (GCE Virtual Room C)

Please review the online program in the virtual platform before registering via the Zoom link. The Zoom will require you to make a breakout room.

Enabling the Next Generation of Scientists: A Connection Between Health & Safety, and Chemistry Education Approaches for a Sustainable Future

Friday, May 31, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. EDT

Green chemistry education serves as a powerful force for driving enduring societal change. The varied strategies employed to integrate green chemistry into education underscore the importance of fostering collaboration among Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) professionals, green chemistry practitioners, government officials, and industry leaders. This workshop provides a platform for speakers from diverse perspectives to illuminate the crucial interconnectedness of safety and sustainability within educational contexts and broader societal frameworks.

The symposium will bring together educators from undergraduate and safety forums, facilitating exploration of the health and safety benefits inherent in advancing laboratory education towards sustainability. While traditionally operating in separate spheres, this event will illuminate the intersection of health and safety personnel and educators.

Key discussions will include:

  • Enhancements to laboratory curricula aimed at enhancing student safety by addressing EHS hazards
  • Development of experiments centered on Green Chemistry principles
  • Creation of easily understandable hazard communications emphasizing the environmental and EHS benefits of greener labs
  • Understanding the drivers behind government policies for sustainability and safety to effectively integrate them into coursework
  • Opportunities for industry leaders to champion green efforts and safety culture, catalyzing positive change in educational practices.


10:00 am –10:10 am
Welcome and Introduction
10:10 am – 10:40 am
Speaker Flash Talks

Speaker flask talks will begin with a brief intro to the various perspectives of safety and sustainability followed by breakout room presentations to further discussions on each perspective. 

  1. Government Perspective: Saskia van Bergen, WA State Dept. of Ecology (10:15-10:20 AM)
  2. Student Perspective: Masha Aleksich, University of Connecticut(10:20 -10:25 AM)
  3. Industry Perspective: Melissa Schisler, Dow(10:25 -10:30 AM)
  4. EHS Perspective: Amy Moore, Ohio State University(10:30 – 10:35 AM)
  5. Faculty Perspective: Glenn Hurst, University of York(10:35 -10:40 AM)

10:40 am – 11:10 am
Breakout Room Presentations

Speakers will talk for 25-30 min in individual breakout rooms.  Attendees are encouraged to select one of the five available breakout sessions, where they can immerse themselves in a perspective that may be unfamiliar or challenging.

11:10 am – 11:40 am
Breakout Room Discussion

Following the breakout room presentations, there will be a 25-30-minute discussion to dive further into chosen perspective. 

11:40 am – 12:00 am
Main Room Discussion and Conclusions

Take home messages and summary.