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

An assessment of Costco Wholesale’s chemicals management system for global non-food products

A review of chemical hazards associated with sustainability systems for water and energy conservation proposed for the Oakland EcoBlock

A development of criteria for the formulation of stereolithography resins, invention of new safer formulas with industry partner Millipore Sigma and field testing of new prototypes

An investigation of safer alternatives to UV absorbers and HALS (hindered amine light stabilizers) in sunscreens and polymeric building membranes.

Several journal articles about work from our partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service to develop safer and more sustainable preservatives.

A review of chemicals and chemical hazard assessment strategies including computational toxicology for Method.