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BCGC works to advance safer chemistry

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February 3, 2011

THE BERKELEY CENTER FOR GREEN CHEMISTRY

is a center under the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and is the nation’s first major academic program to advance green chemistry through interdisciplinary scholarship. It consists of faculty, researchers, and students in the College of Chemistry, School of Public Health, College of Engineering, College of Natural Resources, Haas School of Business and Berkeley Law.

Every day, the U.S. produces or imports 74 billion pounds of chemical substances for use in products and industrial processes. These substances ultimately enter Earth’s environment, and hundreds of chemicals are routinely detected in people and ecosystems worldwide. While synthetic chemicals have delivered critical advances in medicine and technology, many of these substances are known to be hazardous. Green chemistry can ensure that the next generation of chemicals provides for society’s needs while also safeguarding ecosystem integrity and human health.

Green Chemistry requires fundamentally new ways of thinking about chemical design, health and environmental risk, as well as the public policies and economic drivers of change. The BCGC is designing new curriculum, supporting technological innovation, and engaging the public discourse to create the knowledge, technologies and policies necessary for a sustainable future. The center is committed to advancing safer chemistry by partnering with chemical producers and users throughout the supply chain, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Naomi Ginsgerg
College undergrads Casey Finnerty, Ashley Scott and Amanda Polley work with BCGC's Marty Mulvihill on new green chemistry lab modules for undergrad chemistry courses.

DIRECTOR
Prof. John Arnold
College of Chemistry

INTEGRATIVE SCIENCES & SYSTEMS STUDIES
Dr. Michael P. Wilson
Center for Occupational and
Environmental Health
School of Public Health

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Prof. Chris Rosen
Haas School of Business

NEW CHEMISTRIES
Prof. Robert Bergman
College of Chemistry

HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Dr. Megan Schwarzman
Center for Occupational and
Environmental Health
School of Public Health

POLICY & LAW
Prof. Alastair Iles
Society & Environment
College of Natural Resources

EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Dr. Martin Mulvihill
School of Public Health

More Information
Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry