Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 2:50pm to 3:50pm

Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum Sessions at the Education Minnesota Teachers’ Conference 

Green chemistry is the science of designing safer materials and processes that are energy efficient, use renewable feedstocks, use benign reagents and components, and that will degrade at the end of their useful lifetime. These concepts will be integral knowledge for all future scientists and educated citizens.

Certificates provided for CEU credit applications.

Both sessions are free to attend and you are encouraged to attend both as different materials will be presented.


Session I: Going Green in the Chemical Sciences Classroom

From 2:50pm- 3:50pm

Meeting Room 7 (Upper Level), Saint Paul RiverCentre

Lead Presenter: Jane Wissinger, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Minnesota

Co-Presenter: Paul Jackson, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, St. Olaf College

This workshop introduces science educators to green chemistry and supporting curricular resources.  Green chemistry seeks to minimize environmental impact by reducing waste and lowering the toxicity of chemicals.  Examples and resources of green chemistry curriculum materials successfully implemented in secondary classrooms will be shared.  The relevance of green chemistry to everyday life provides a creative and compelling way to interest students in science and math.

Session II: Green Chemistry in the High School Classroom

From 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Ballroom G, Saint Paul RiverCentre

Lead Presenter - Amy Cannon, PhD, Executive Director of Beyond Benign

Education of green chemistry topics must begin at the K-12 level. Through Beyond Benign’s K-12 educational programming, K-12 students and teachers are exposed to the principles of green chemistry by engaging in hands-on learning of green chemistry technologies, while linking scientific concepts to state and national learning standards. This presentation will introduce Beyond Benign’s educational programs for high school teachers and students, including free hands-on and inquiry based lesson plans for teachers demonstrating green chemistry technologies. We are also pleased to feature Minnesota educators who are actively incorporating green chemistry into their curriculum, including Patrick Riley, chemistry teacher at Northfield High School.

Speaker bio: Amy Cannon holds the world's first Ph.D. in Green Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston where her research involved the environmentally benign synthesis of photoactive materials. She is the co-founder and executive director of Beyond Benign, a non-profit organization dedicated to green chemistry education. She received her M.S. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston and her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Amy worked as an Assistant Professor of Green Chemistry and Director of Outreach and Community Education at the Center for Green Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell until September of 2007 when she left to co-found Beyond Benign. Amy has industrial experience working as an analytical chemist for the Gillette Company and as a scientist for Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials. She was awarded the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry in 2004 for her work on titanium dioxide semiconductors and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells. Amy was awarded the 2012 EPA New England Environmental Merit award for her leadership and work on green chemistry education. Amy is passionate about transforming the general public’s relationship with chemistry. She focuses on chemistry education to better prepare students and scientists to enter the workforce trained with the skills to create sustainable materials and products. Through Beyond Benign, she leads many educational initiatives to bring together multiple stakeholders around this common goal. At Beyond Benign, Amy runs regular professional development workshops for educators, designs green chemistry curriculum, and collaborates with educators and professors to advance green chemistry in K-12 and higher education.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

This event is made possible by the Center for Sustainable Polymers at the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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