Bringing Green Chemistry and Sustainability into the Classroom



Bringing Green Chemistry and Sustainability into the Classroom

Siena College and SUNY New Paltz will each be conducting a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) green chemistry training for New York State’s high school chemistry teachers.

These free green chemistry training events provide teachers with a hands-on experience that incorporates green chemistry principles into existing chemistry laboratory practices.

  • SUNY New Paltz will be conducting their training from June 28-July 1, 2015
  • Siena College will be conducting their training from June 29-July 1, 2015

High school teachers will partner with both Siena College faculty, and facilitators from Beyond Benign at SUNY New Paltz, to develop or modify chemistry experiments for use in their classrooms. The workshops will focus on various lesson plans to introduce green chemistry to students, the ’12 principles of Green Chemistry’, and hands-on laboratory experiments, such as Esterification, Chemical Bonding, Solubility and Electrochemistry. These experiments increase the students’ awareness of chemical safety while eliminating, or reducing, environmental hazards. All the experiments are in alignment with NYS Science learning standards and core curriculum.

By incorporating green chemistry principles into their classrooms, teachers have the opportunity to increase lab safety for their students in addition to reducing liability, and costs, for the school. Upon returning to their high schools, teachers will receive direct assistance with their experiments and lesson plans throughout the school year from Siena faculty or Beyond Benign staff.

Any inquiries about DEC’s green chemistry workshops can be directed to

Author: Harlem Valley News