Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 10:50 AM Federal Room B (Capital Hilton) 155
Building the Capacity of Green Chemistry Educators
Julie Haack and James E. Hutchison. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Over the past decade considerable progress has been made toward developing a foundation for green chemistry education. Collaborative efforts by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation in partnership with national leaders in green chemistry education have facilitated the incorporation of green chemistry principles into the curriculum by removing two significant barriers to adoption; (1) educating faculty and students about green chemistry principles (via summer workshops and symposia at national meetings) and (2) increasing the availability of educational materials that can be incorporated into the curriculum (GEMs database http://greenchem.uoregon.edu/gems.html). As a result, we see a growing number of community college and university faculty who have adopted the curriculum and are now interested in contributing to the development of new educational materials. One approach to increasing access to these materials is to invest in building the capacity of educators to sustain the development of innovative “green” education materials. This presentation will describe the development, delivery and assessment of a capacity building workshop for green chemistry educators that was held in Washington, D.C. in June 2007. Based on post-workshop surveys and interviews, we observed a significant increase in the capacity of participants to contribute to the development and dissemination of new green chemistry materials. We will also discuss important lessons learned and describe some of the unanticipated benefits and challenges of capacity building in this community.