The mission of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry is to bring about a generational transformation toward the design and use of inherently safer chemicals and materials.
Embedding the principles of green chemistry into science, markets and public policy will provide the foundation for safeguarding human health and ecosystems and provide a cornerstone for a sustainable, clean energy economy.
What We Do
We fund and guide research in designing novel chemical processes and materials and in investigating new approaches to toxicity testing, exposure analysis and alternatives assessment.
We teach a core program of courses that integrate the chemical and environmental health sciences with the study of public and private governance and management. This interdisciplinary program focuses on project and team-driven approaches to solving important material challenges and offers actionable results to industry, government and nongovernmental organizations.
We provide technical support to decision-makers, workers, community organizations and businesses working to advance safety and health through green chemistry.
What We Stand For
- Eliminating and reducing toxic chemicals
- Basing our work on science and facts
- Working at the points of greatest leverage within our society
- Assessing chemicals based on hazard
- Balancing technical and EHS performance from the start
- Being inspired by nature as a model
- Providing actionable pathways to partners aligned with their goals and capabilities
Our Guiding Principles
- Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry
- UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Ellen MacArthur Foundation- Circular Economy
What We Are Working On Right Now
Finding safer alternatives to PFASs (poly and perfluoroalkyl substances) in the carpet and rug and packaging sectors of industry, through our 2020, Greener Solutions graduate course and our Greener Partnerships intern program.
Drafting a PFASs alternatives scoping and policy tool with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
Developing and testing a method for removal of PFASs from recycled carpet with XT Green LLC.
Helping Sway develop a biodegradable, algae-based thin film (LDPE) for single-use bags for Walmart, CVS, and Target.
Testing formulae for PFAS-free household product packaging for Method and the USDA.
Documenting five alternative chemical assessment investigations as case studies for the second in a series of textbooks for Elsevier. Four of these case studies focus on PFASs.
Mentoring undergraduate peer instructors of the UC Berkeley DeCal course, Chem98 in spring and fall semesters.
Developing a green chemistry teaching module for a sustainable chemical engineering certificate program at UC Berkeley.
Completing a three-year project on safer stereolithography resins for the US EPA Pollution Prevention program, including a design of an innovative chemical hazard assessment scorecard.
Finalizing a case-study textbook for Elsevier based on work done in the Greener Solutions course from 2012-2018. This is a first in a series of books, due for publication in 2021.