Edgewood College has been integrating Green Chemistry principles and laboratory exercises into the general chemistry curriculum during the past decade. Green and Sustainable Chemistry has been offered since 2013. This course meets two requirements in Edgewood College’s general education curriculum, one for Environmental perspective and one for Edgewood College’s COR program. COR courses reflect the integration of Edgewood’s Dominican values in the curriculum and asks students to study, reflect and act on the following questions: Who am I and who can I become?; What are the needs and opportunities of the world?; and What is my role is building a just and compassionate world? The course draws students from many different majors, therefore spreading the concepts of green chemistry and sustainability throughout the Edgewood community.
Edgewood College is a proud signatory of the Green Chemistry Commitment.
Green Chemistry Commitment Student Learning Objectives
Upon graduation, we believe all chemistry majors should have proficiency in the following essential green chemistry competencies:
Theory: Have a working knowledge of the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry
Toxicology: Have an understanding of the principles of toxicology, the molecular mechanisms of how chemicals affect human health and the environment, and the resources to identify and assess molecular hazards
Laboratory Skills: Possess the ability to assess chemical products and processes and design greener alternatives when appropriate
Application: Be prepared to serve society in their professional capacity as scientists and professionals through the articulation, evaluation, and employment of methods and chemicals that are benign for human health and the environment