Green Chemistry Compendium

Green Chemistry Compendium

The Green Chemistry Compendium was developed by the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) as part of a project powered by the Business Environmental Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • Read profiles of some educators who are teaching green chemistry and having success and learn more about resources to help educators and schools become more involved;
  • Review case studies and lessons learned from some companies that are have embraced the Safer Choice process for product development; and
  • Connect resources that can help you learn and/or deploy green chemistry principles.

What is green chemistry?

Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. It applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, use, and ultimate disposal. It is a different way of thinking about how chemistry and chemical engineering can be done.

Over the years different principles have been proposed that can be used when thinking about the design, development and implementation of chemical products and processes. These principles enable scientists and engineers to protect and benefit the economy, people and the planet by finding creative and innovative ways to reduce waste, conserve energy, and discover replacements for hazardous substances.

There are 12 key principles that describe green chemistry and guide work in this field.

How is green chemistry taught and applied?

Green Chemistry education can help shape our future innovators and leaders. There are resources available to help educators become confident in incorporating green chemistry principles into their curriculums.

Read profiles of some educators who are teaching green chemistry and having success and learn more about resources to help educators and schools become more involved.

Educator Profiles:

Interviews with Industry Sustainability/Green Chemistry Professionals:

Many companies are now working to reduce toxic substances in their products and are using green chemistry principles to achieve their objectives. If you are a chemical supplier or formulator, consider Safer Choice.

Read about some of the companies that are have embraced the Safer Choice process for product development.

The value of green chemistry is all about innovation and solving problems in a fun way.”

– John Frazier, Hohenstein

  • Emily Doyle, Consumer Scientist, Grove Collaborative
  • Taylor Nations, Regulatory Compliance Director, Earth Friendly Products

What are some tips for companies considering having their products certified through the Safer Choice program?

  • Think about how Safer Choice fits in with the overall goals for your company
  • Identify possible new regulatory drivers
  • Understand what Safer Choice products, if any, exist in your company’s product categories
  • Set a realistic budget; get estimates up front on costs and estimated timelines
  • Consider minimizing time and costs by phasing the certification process of products over a number of years, starting with products that contain fewer ingredients

Download the Safer Choice Tip Sheet.

What resources are available to help?

Educators

Industry

Safer Choice