Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 9:50 AM
Federal Room B (Capital Hilton)

Making It Easier to Be Green -- a Green Online Curriculum Free to the World

Terrence Collins and Chip Walter. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

It's not easy being green, especially in the field of chemistry. But it's important. For the most part, the traditional approach to teaching synthetic chemistry has been to train students to become very good at combining molecules in elegant and creative ways without much thought about the damage their creations might do. At Carnegie Mellon University, we are transforming the green chemistry courses we have been teaching for fifteen years into interactive, online coursework, which will be made available world-wide, and free of charge. This will create a virtual, online “place,” where scientists, teachers, students and researchers everywhere can gather and learn about green chemistry and related sustainability challenges. It will also enable these thinkers to interactively share their insights, and speed the dissemination of their hard work, as it pools a global well-spring of intellectual capital and encourages debate and discussion. Our hope? A new generation of green chemists capable of designing a sustainable civilization at the level where the world is truly built – the molecular level.

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