Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Green Chemistry Commitment Summit

As Boston welcomed its first blanket of snow yesterday, it also brought together a group of scientists and educators for the Green Chemistry Commitment Summit at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Boston. The summit included leading edge educators and programs from across the country.

This day-long event also featured keynote speakers who discussed the implementation of a Green Chemistry Commitment for academic chemistry departments around the country. Among the presenters was Professor Irv Levy, who spoke about the green chemistry program at Gordon College. "At the root of the green chemistry education community are the individuals, like our students, who are making positive change for a better future," said Levy.

Though Levy was asked to speak about Gordon as a model program, he also talked about the student culture on Gordon's campus. "Our students have a significant role in the success of this program," said Levy. "They have brought, and continue to bring, positive change as a result of their green chemistry outreach—in my life, in the institution and the community."

Photo: Irv Levy is a professor of chemistry and computer science at Gordon College and a founding member of the Green Chemistry Education Network. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Scientific Affiliation and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He also serves on the Faculty Advisory Board for the Green Chemistry Commitment.

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