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Education is at the center of our three-part mission and is practiced through our core and associated courses, and the guidance of our graduate research fellows through our management of the SAGE IGERT program.

Our core course, Greener Solutions (fall), is available to the entire UC Berkeley student population of graduate and upperclass undergraduate students.

PB HLTH 271H Greener Solutions

Green chemistry seeks to promote the design and adoption of safer, more efficient chemicals, products and processes.  In order for greener materials to be widely used, a number of design and selection challenges must be addressed. The Greener Solutions course is an opportunity for students to apply their disciplinary expertise to address a research question relevant to a host organization that is actively addressing these challenges.  

Teams of students  work with an host organization on a topic related to the design, manufacture, use, and/or marketing of safer chemicals in products, materials or manufacturing operations. This interdisciplinary, project-based class is intended for graduate students in public health, chemistry, environmental studies, engineering, architecture, business and law who are interested in working in a team setting to help a host organization answer a specific research question related to green chemistry and sustainable design.  

Student teams typically prepare a final report and present their findings on campus and to the host organization. While the class lectures, discussion and assignments support the technical aspects of the project, significant emphasis is placed on developing the requisite process-oriented skills: gathering information, working in teams, and communicating effectively.

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