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Message from the Director: A Green Chemistry Summer

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By Adelina Voutchkova-Kostal, Director, Office of Sustainability, ACS

The Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference followed by the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy made for a busy and fun June and July!

Dear colleagues and friends,


For the Green Chemistry Institute, as I am sure for you, this summer has been incredibly busy. I am happy to say that it has also been highly rewarding, in great part thanks to our incredibly enthusiastic community. For the many of you who attended the GC&E meeting in Long Beach, whether in-person or remotely, we hope you came away energized to return to your organizations and continue the diligent research and development efforts that are critical to fulfilling our role as chemists in addressing our global environmental crises. We were thrilled to have 817 attendees from over 51 countries, many of whom presented their own work. In addition to thought-provoking sessions, we also had several free workshops that were very well attended and will continue to be part of GC&E meetings in the future. This meeting was special, as we celebrated the 25 years since the publication of the seminal work by Paul Anastas and John Warner, “Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice” with an evening gala dinner and a lighthearted panel discussion led by the new Editor-in-Chief of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Pete License. The event was capped off by a fitting “Chemistry on Water” cruise that provided a fitting goodbye to old friends and colleagues from around the globe. Check out the pictures on


Just this month, we also held our 20th ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy in Golden, CO. This initiative brought together 62 graduate students and postdocs from across the Americas, with significant representation from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and other Latin American and Caribbean countries. This initiative is very near to my heart, as I still remember attending the 2006 Summer School, which was also held in Golden. We are so grateful for the volunteer instructors, at the top in their respective disciplines, who took time out of their summer to teach our cohort of participants. I would like to particularly mention Philip Jessop (if you have not, please check out his TikTok series, “Which is Greener?”), Joan Brennecke, and Audrey Moores, who have instructed at many previous sessions. While the lectures were very inspiring, the response from the participants was most moving, as they expressed what an opportunity this was for them to obtain such training and gain an incredible network. We are thrilled to start planning next year’s summer school—look for the applications to open in the winter.  

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I would like to thank again our entire GCI team for their efforts at these events! It has been an honor and privilege to be part of the GCI team for the past year, and I look forward to seeing some of you at our next big event this December in DC—a summit to launch the ACS Reimagine Chemistry Education for a Sustainable Future campaign. Please follow The Nexus for information to follow and have a wonderful remainder of your summer!

Best wishes,



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