Dr. Anne E. Marteel-Parrish of Washington College and Dr. Martin A. Abraham of Youngstown State University have put together a new textbook for general chemistry titled, “Green Chemistry and Engineering: A pathway to sustainability.” For college students who might be more inspired to approach chemistry and engineering from the perspective of how it’s relevant to sustainability and fits into an environmentally-friendly career path, then this book will be essential.
Aimed at undergraduates taking an introduction to general chemistry, the book introduces basic concepts in chemistry and engineering through the lens of sustainability issues. Green chemistry and engineering are specifically outlined, and examples of successful applications are highlighted. Special topics include renewable materials, energy, economic considerations, and toxicology. I agree with the author that many portions of the book would be suited to a more general course on scientific applications, and would fit in beautifully to an environmental studies curriculum.
“Where do we want to be 50 years from now? What do we want our planet to look like? How do we get out of our comfort zone and change our way of thinking?” Dr. Marteel-Parrish asks. “If you are interested in having the answers to these questions and if you are ready to pursue science in a creative, innovative, and responsible manner, then this book is for you.”