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Green Chemistry

Below are the links to Green Chemistry curriculum, instructors guide and posters: 

  1. Worker and Environmentalist Green Chemistry Awareness Training Curriculum (pdf)
  2. Worker and Environmentalist Green Chemistry Awareness Instructors Guide (pdf)
  3. Alternative Curriculum for specific settings-Hospital Workers (pdf)
  4. Alternative Curriculum for specific settings-Green Chemistry and  Green Jobs  (pdf)
  5. Poster-Twelve Green Chemistry principles  (pdf)
  6. Poster- Hierarchies for preventing pollution  (pdf)
  7. Poster-Green Chemistry Timeline  (pdf)

History of The New England Consortium's Green Chemistry Training 

GreenChemTraining2Environmental and worker health and safety activists met to engage in a training of trainers for a new curriculum for short green chemistry training sessions. (You can download the curriculum located at the top of this page.) They came from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire for a day-long session in Wilmington, Mass. at the training center of Beyond Benign, a program of the Warner Babcock Foundation.

The training was part of a project of The New England Consortium (TNEC) based in the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Center for Health Promotion and Research (CHPR).  Project funding came from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) new Partnerships for Environmental Public Health initiative and is part of the federal government’s stimulus funding to spur a greener economy. This is one of several UMass Lowell projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

Craig Slatin, a director of CHPR, along with Joel Tickner, who directs the Chemicals Policy and Science Initiative of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (LCSP) (both are professors in UMass Lowell’s department of Community Health and Sustainability) wrote the application to the NIEHS. They proposed the TNEC, the Alliance for a Health Tomorrow (AHT), and the Coalition for a Healthy and Safe Connecticut (CHSC) would act in partnership to train environmental and worker health and safety activists who would become a network promoting policies to promote the advancement of green chemistry in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The AHT and CHSC are both statewide networks of environmental, labor, academic, and community-based organizations working to advance policy changes that promote cleaner and environmentally sound modes of production and consumption.

The curriculum development team for the training of trainers was led byTolle Graham, a health and safety expert who is a TNEC trainer, andAmy Cannon, a green chemist and the director of Beyond Benign-a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable science in order to create an environmentally, socially and economically prosperous world. Other curriculum development team members included Melissa Coffin, Chemicals Policy and Science Initiative research Associate,Dr. Tom Estabrook, Lead Educator UMass Lowell TNEC, and doctors Tickner and Slatin. Anne Basanese, Brenda Wilson and Liz Harriman of theToxic Use Reduction Instituteat UMass Lowell provided administrative support and coordination for the effort.