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30 Priority Chemicals
Type: Checklist
Summary: EPA's National Waste Minimization Partnership Program focuses on reducing or eliminating the generation of hazardous waste containing any of 30 Waste Minimization Priority Chemicals. These chemicals are found in hazardous waste and are documented contaminants...
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A Small Dose of Toxicology Book
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Glossary - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Author: Steven Gilbert, Ph.D, DABT, ISBN:0415311683 280 pages This is a professional and technical book for the layman that is a user-friendly resource on toxicology of common chemicals including alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, heavy metals, solvents and r...
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A Whiff of Danger
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: A Whiff of Danger, reviews common chemistry and biochemistry concepts by exploring real data related to the article, A Whiff of Danger Synthetic Musks Encourage Toxic Bioaccumulation.
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Acid (and Base) Rainbows
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Students are introduced to the differences between acids and bases and how to use indicators, such as pH paper and red cabbage juice, to distinguish between them. This lesson is aligned to Colorado educational standards.
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Atom Efficiency PowerPoint Presentation
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Materials - Experiment - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: A 23-page PowerPoint presentation on Atom efficiency and green chemistry principles, "synthetic methods should be designed to maximise the incorporation of all materials used in the process into the final product."
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Biochemical Toxicology of Insecticides: The Road Towards Reduced-Risk Insecticides
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Materials - Experiment - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This module is intended primarily for use in an upper level undergraduate course in biochemical toxicology although it may also be applicable to upper level courses in biochemistry, environmental science, and biology. It is assumed that the students have ha...
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Biodiesel Using Renewable Resources
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment examines ways to use renewable resources to replace nonrenewable starting materials and it examines characteristic properties of matter.
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Chemicals, Choosing Wisely (Environmental Action)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Experiment
Summary: Non-fiction

Author, Leslie Crawford

ISBN 0201495341

Students learn how to act responsibly concerning the environment by studying the consequences of their decisions. This book helps answer the needs for materials that stress personal re...

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Chemicals: What's in? What's out?
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Experiment
Summary: Science Scope, a publication with NSTA provides an articlein their "Scope on Safety" column of the November/December 2004 publication. They list chemicals often found (both good and bad) in middle level classrooms. They further recommend using the "first lin...
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Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Holiday
Summary: The Unifying Event for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2005 is Kite Flying. Lessons and activities available for teachers include the chemistry of air quality, acid rain, and ozone. Each year has a different theme.
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Clock Reaction Presentation
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Experiment - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Powerpoint for green chemistry version of timed clock reaction.
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Determination of Moles of Copper and Iron in Reaction
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment
Summary: This is the classic iron nails activity with a slightly different twist. Instead of using excess chemicals that produce large quantities of toxic ions, a greener process is offered. The activity requires three lab sessions (over 3 days). The objectives are t...
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Glue From Milk! A Sticky solution
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment examines how chemical reaction can change into a new product and how renewable resources can be used in our everyday lives.
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Green Module: TAML Oxidant Activators Green Bleaching Agents for Paper Manufacturing
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This module is a inorganic course designed to be used during a discussion of paper production or an advanced inroganic course describing oxidizing agents or the effect of substituents on organometallic redoc reactions. The module contains notes to instructor...
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Green Chemical Alternatives Purchasing Wizard
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Database - Web site
Summary: As an extension of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's effort to reduce the generation of hazardous wastes and potential workplace exposures in their research and academic laboratories and to provide a pollution prevention tool for the broader resea...
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Green Chemicals Alternative Wizard
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Checklist - Web site
Summary: The Green Chemical Alternatives Purchasing Wizard is a web-based tool. The wizard is a guided process that allows the user to search from a select list of solvents commonly used in the laboratory, and the associated process. The Wizard identifies less hazardou...
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Green Chemistry Experiments
Type: Classroom Materials - Experiment
Summary: Green Chemistry is in part the practice of using chemicals with less hazardous characteristics. Tennessee offers several lessons (Properties of Acids and Bases, Ionic and Covalent Bonds, and Polarity of Slime and Silly Putty. Student and teacher resources are...
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Green Chemistry Stopping Pollution Before It Starts
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Article on the Benefits of Green Chemistry from ChemMatters, April 2003. This is available as a PDF.
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Green Module for Biochemistry: A New Chemical Family of Insecticides Exemplified by CONFIRM Selective Caterpillar Control Agent
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The topic of green chemistry could be incorporated into a traditional biochemistry class quite easily without requiring a large amount of class time. Most biochemistry classes include a discussion of enzyme mechanisms and kinetics. One could use acetylchol...
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Green Module for Chemical Toxicology: Biochemical Toxicology of Insecticides The Road Towards Reduced-Risk Insecticides
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This module is intended primarily for use in an upper level undergraduate course in biochemical toxicology although it may also be applicable to upper level courses in biochemistry, environmental science, and biology. It is assumed that the students have had...
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Green Module for Environmental Chemistry: Antifoulants
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This module is primarily adapted for use in an Environmental Chemistry course. In addition this module may also be of interest in Freshman Chemistry (half-life, solubility and concentration units), Biochemistry (biodegradation) and Toxicology (acute toxicity,...
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Green Module for General Chemistry: Design and Application of Surfactants for Carbon Dioxide
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This module would be suitable for use in a general chemistry course during discussions of phase diagrams, supercritical fluids, and molecular polarity. Since most general chemistry texts contain a discussion of surfactants, the module can serve as a supplemen...
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Green Module for Industrial Chemistry: Petretec-Dupont's Technology for Polyester Regeneration
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This module has been written primarily for use in an industrial chemistry course during a discussion of the petrochemical industry. A preparation for the discussion of Dupont’s Petretec technology, the module covers the areas of fossil fuel reserves, distribut...
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Green Module for Organic Chemistry: Atom Economy A measure of the Efficiency of a Reaction
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Experiment - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This module has been written primarily for use in the two semester organic chemistry sequence (both lecture and laboratory) traditionally encountered by students in the sophomore year. The module uses examples of organic reactions and syntheses to illustrate...
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Green Solvents for Chemistry
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Non-fiction,

AuthorsNelson, William M

ISBN019515736-2

This is an introduction and reference book to Green Chemistry designed for both the university level instructor or industry. Chapters include philosophy of green chemistry, chemic...

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Greener Educational Materials for Chemists
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Database - Experiment - Web site
Summary: The database is designed as a comprehensive resource of education materials including laboratory exercises, lecture materials, course syllabi and multimedia content that illustrate chemical concepts important for green chemistry. Each entry includes a descript...
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Greening School Presentation (Overview)
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Learn about the Greening Schools project from Illinois EPA and Waste Management and Research Center in this introductory powerpoint presentation.
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Household Chemicals and Alternatives
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - List - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Summary: This list provides information on alternatives to household chemicals and cleaning recommendations as well as links to appropriate material safety data sheets and books, printed curricula and learning standards.
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If Mixing is Urgent--Try Detergent!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Experiment
Summary: This experiment allows students to use detergents to help mix oil and water.
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Introduction to Green Chemistry
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Language Options
Summary: Historical and reasons behind the implementation of Green Chemistry and legislative activities are offered in this introduction. The 12 principles of Green Chemistry and a variety of beneficial links are provided.
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Introductory Readings in Green Chemistry
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Bibliographic resource of carefully selected articles on Green Chemistry with overviews, benefits, safer starting materials, using renewable resources, finding safer solvens, and reusing or recycling produts and waste.
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It's Elemental: The Periodic Table
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Interactive periodic tables allows visitors to select an element and learn about specific properties and behaviors of each as well as the structure.
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Need to Conserve Energy (The)
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment will compare the environmental costs of heating and measure reaction time and discuss the relationship to the reaction rate.
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Old Nassau Demonstration (using mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: This experiment provides instructions for the Halloween Demonstration, or "Old Nassau" Demonstration that uses Mercury. The preferred and refined version that uses silver nitrate is provided at http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/Journal/Issues/2004/Oct/PlusSub/V81N...
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Old Nassau Demonstration (using mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: This experiment provides instructions for the Halloween Demonstration, or "Old Nassau" Demonstration that uses Mercury. The preferred and refined version that uses silver nitrate is provided at http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/Journal/Issues/2004/Oct/PlusSub/V81N...
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Old Nassau Demonstration with Wilkinson Modification (no mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: The Old Nassau Demonstration (also referred to as the Halloween Demonstration) is a clock-type reaction that dramatically turns orange,then black. This popular reaction is not allowed in many schools using mercury, however, the Wilkinson Modification offers a...
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Old Nassau Demonstration with Wilkinson Modification (no mercury)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Experiment - Holiday
Summary: The Old Nassau Demonstration (also referred to as the Halloween Demonstration) is a clock-type reaction that dramatically turns orange,then black. This popular reaction is not allowed in many schools using mercury, however, the Wilkinson Modification offers a...
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Product Life Cycle Analysis
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Using a tennis shoe, students will have an opportunity to become aware that the products they buy have an impact on the environment beyond that of the disposal of the waste.
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Real World Cases in Green Chemistry
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Lessons and experiments

AuthorAmerican Chemical Society Staff

ISBN0-8412-3733-6

AbstractThis book provides examples of Green Chemistry projects that have either received or have been nominated for Green Chemistry awards. Each has...

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Rehab the Lab
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Web site
Summary: Lesson plans with teacher editions and student worksheets, lists of undesirable chemicals, references and much more makes this a valuable site for planning Green Chemistry units.
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Release the Grease!
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This is an activity that uses common, everyday products to explore the properties of soap.
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Research and Educational Laboratory Waste Reduction
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet addresses waste reduction in research and educational laboratories. Included are examples of better operating/management practices and procedural or institutional policies that result in waste reduction. (PDF format; Length: 6 pages)
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Safe Chemicals in Education: Green Chemistry Workshop Presentation
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This powerpoint presentation provides an overview of six Green Chemistry principles as introduced in the IEPA/IWMRC Safe Chemicals in Education workshops.
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School Chemical Cleanout Campaign Inventory Procedures & Spreadsheet
Grade Level: High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - Database
Summary: Inventory procedures and an excel spreadsheet from Tennessee are examples of chemical management and pollution preventions efforts from schools in other states.
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School Chemical Cleanout Campaign Power Point Presentation
Grade Level: High School
Type: Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This power point identifies the goals of Tennessee's Pollution Prevention program in schools and their goals for chemical management.
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Soaps, Solvents and Cleaning: A slippery problem
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry this experiment examines the effects of surfactants on solvents, discusses ways to make cleaning agents environmentally friendly and the role crystallization plays in cleaning?
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Soybean Methyl Ester Formula and Molecular Weight
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Average molecular weight of soybean oil methyl esters fo reach of the component esters.
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Stained Glass Glue
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment
Summary: Many artists spend time making their own materials to create a work of art that is unique to them. They may be looking for a certain texture, color, interaction with light, or special ability to be molded, bent, twisted or carved in a certain way. Creating the...
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Talking Trash Solid Wastes
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment analyzes the trends in the generation and reclamation of solid wastes within the United States over time and it evaluates reasons for making wastes.
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Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Experiment - List
Summary: Twelve of the guiding principles for Green Chemistry are available as a one-pade PDF.
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Vitamin C Clock Reaction
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: The Vitamin C Clock Reaction lesson uses Green Chemistry principles to measure reaction time and discuss its relationship to reaction rates; examines the effect of concentration on reaction times/rates; and examines the effect of temperature on reaction time/...
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Waste and Tinker Toys Atom Economy
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This is an experiment using Green Chemistry principles that explores the idea of atom economy, or avoiding wastes by incorporating as much of the starting materials into the desired product as possible; relates the Law of Conservation of Matter to the idea of...
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What Color Is Your Waste
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson examines the principles of Green Chemistry through an activity on accessing commonly used and environmentally packaging.This activity can be used as a demonstration for middle school students or as a lab exercise for high school students. It can a...
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