All over the country, chemistry undergraduate students are doing green chemistry outreach and activities as part of their ACS Student Chapters. The Green Chemistry Award for ACS student chapters started in the 2001-2002 academic year, with only four winners. Since then, several schools have used their creativity to come up with their own green chemistry activities. To recognize their efforts, ACS GCI presents a Green Chemistry award to chapters that have done at least three green chemistry activities over the last school year. Activities range from putting on green chemistry themed scavenger hunts to volunteering at local schools to spread the word about green chemistry. This year there were 52 winners!

 

Examples of what the ACS Chapters achieved this year include the following events and programs:

  • Students at Canisius College promoted green chemistry through green demonstrations with third graders at the local elementary school in Amherst, N.Y. Read more
  • Angelo State University celebrated their ninth consecutive time receiving the green chemistry award. They are extremely proud of their efforts to reduce waste and utilize nontoxic reagents in their chemistry laboratories. They also work hard to educate the campus as a whole about bringing in green chemistry speakers. Read more
  • At West Virginia State University, the chapter is involved in science days at local elementary schools, booths around campus, and other community events to educate on the importance of green chemistry. Read more

 

The 2015-2016 academic year Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award winners are:

 

Angelo State University Student Chapter

Penn State Berks Student Chapter

Union University Student Chapter

Bellevue College Student Chapter

Ramapo College of New Jersey Student Chapter

University of California-Los Angeles Student Chapter

Canisius College Student Chapter

Sacramento City College Student Chapter

University of California-San Diego Student Chapter

City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College Student Chapter

Saginaw Valley State University Student Chapter

University of Central Arkansas Student Chapter

College of William & Mary Student Chapter

Saint Francis University Student Chapter

University of Florida Student Chapter

Duquesne University Student Chapter

Salt Lake Community College Student Chapter

University of Houston Student Chapter

Emory University Student Chapter

South Texas College Student Chapter

University of Massachusetts Boston Student Chapter

Erskine College Student Chapter

Southwest Minnesota State University Student Chapter

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Student Chapter

Florida International University Student Chapter

Tarleton State University Student Chapter

University of New England Student Chapter

Gordon College Student Chapter

Tennessee Technological University Student Chapter

University of Pittsburgh Student Chapter

Heidelberg University Student Chapter

Texas Christian University Student Chapter

University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla Student Chapter

Henderson State University Student Chapter

The College of New Jersey Student Chapter

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus Student Chapter

Humboldt State University Student Chapter

The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Student Chapter

University of Tennessee at Martin Student Chapter

Inter American University of Puerto Rico Ponce Campus Student Chapter

The University of Texas at Dallas Student Chapter

University of Texas at Tyler Student Chapter

Inter American University of Puerto Rico San German Campus Student Chapter

Truman State University Student Chapter

University of Toledo Student Chapter

Middle Tennessee State University Student Chapter

Tuskegee University Student Chapter

Waynesburg University Student Chapter

Northeastern University Student Chapter

Union College Student Chapter

West Virginia State University Student Chapter

Pasadena City College Student Chapter

 

 

If your chapter needs assistance thinking of green chemistry activities that will help you receive a green chemistry award, review the ACS GCI Student Chapter Guides and watch informative videos for unique, fun ideas! We are excited to see what everyone does this school year.

 

Congratulations to all 52 chapters for reaching your green chemistry goals!

 

Keep up the good work all!

 

 

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