Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry


Our Mission

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

  1. Eliminating and reducing toxic chemicals
  2. Basing our work on science and facts
  3. Working at the points of greatest leverage within our society
  4. Assessing chemicals based on hazard
  5. Balancing technical and EHS performance from the start
  6. Being inspired by nature as a model
  7. Providing actionable pathways to partners aligned with their goals and capabilities


Our Guiding Principles

  1. Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry
  2. UN Sustainable Development Goals
  3. Ellen MacArthur Foundation- Circular Economy


What We Are Working On Right Now

A development of criteria for the formulation of stereolithography resins, invention of new safer formulas with the help of industry partners and field testing of new prototypes in collaboration with the Hayden Taylor lab in the UCB Mechanical Engineering department.

An investigation of safer alternatives to DMF (dimethylformamide) used as a solvent in synthetic leather manufacturing in partnership with Nike and as part of our fall, 2019 Greener Solutions course.

An investigation of safer alternatives to acrylate-based cross-linkers in stereolithography (SLA) printing in partnership with the US EPA as part of our fall, 2019 Greener Solutions course.

A case-study textbook for Elsevier Publishing 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 September, 2020.

Development of a undergraduate course in Green Chemistry based on the Greener Solutions model and for possible incorporation into a wider program of sustainability.

Review and development of a draft framework for Environmentally Responsible Engineering education in partnership with VentureWell and the Lemelson Foundation.