With the aim of fostering a culture of sustainability at Berkeley and in the world, the Green Partnership Program was formalized in 2020. It was funded by the Wareham Foundation and also received a US EPA Pollution Prevention Grant for — raising awareness about the pfas exponential usage and harmfulness. The partnership program has been administered by BCGC. The Green Partnership program is an extension of the Greener Solutions class experience, which is a graduate level course at University of California, Berkeley, and other green chemistry initiatives of BCGC. The class provides experiential learning for both graduate and undergraduate students in a range of affiliated disciplines including public health, chemistry, engineering and many more.
Meet the interns:
|Ned Antell, XT Green:|
Edmund (Ned) Antell is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering in Lisa Alvarez-Cohen’s lab. He studies PFAS transformation and destruction, as well as PFAS source apportionment and chemical fingerprinting. As a result of the work done and connections made during Greener Solutions, he has also been working with a carpet recycler- XT Green to develop a method to remove PFAS from carpet fiber during their recycling process.
“The connections I have made through taking Greener Solutions are really incredible. I continue to have fascinating conversations with folks from non-profits, NGOs, and for-profit companies all because of the impressive attendance to our final project presentations. The class is a lot of work, but it is definitely a worthwhile investment.”
|Kelly Chou, Method/ USDA:|
Kelly is a 4th year majoring in Chemistry at UC Berkeley with a long held passion for green chemistry, education, and sustainable product development. At BCGC, her primary work includes researching sustainable alternatives to PFAS in food packaging and aftermarket treatments.
“Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry has been an integral part of my UC Berkeley experience from the very beginning. I first learned about green chemistry from a BCGC talk my freshman year, and spent the next four years learning more, and eventually teaching it by co-founding Chem 98. At every step, the program has supported my goals, which has culminated in a fulfilling final year in both Greener Solutions and Greener Partnerships. The experiences I’ve gained in both programs have been invaluable to my future career as a green chemist, and I will use the skills I’ve learned for years to come.”
|Amanda Guan, Sway:|
Amanda Guan graduated on 17th May 2021 from Cal with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and a minor in Public Policy. Currently, she has started interning with Sway making seaweed-based bioplastic packaging that are completely home compostable.
“I took the Greener Solutions graduate course in Fall, 2020, and even in a remote environment, it’s been my favorite class at Cal. I was able to come up with solutions for biodegradable moisture barriers in paper packaging, and I appreciate that I was able to combine the technical parts from my materials science major with my own personal interests in sustainability.”
|Kimberly Hazard, BCGC Greener Solutions course:|
Kimberly Hazard is a PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences. Her research focuses on exposures in early childhood environments. She is working as a Teaching and Outreach Associate for the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry’s Greener Solutions program. She is part of the instructional team for the Fall Greener Solutions graduate course, providing student teams with coaching on hazard assessment. She also supports other BCGC interns and conducts outreach for BCGC’s Greener Partnerships program.
“Greener Solutions was such a rewarding experience where you left the semester knowing you made an important contribution to protecting human health and the environment. This is where I want to focus my efforts after graduation as well – driving change to protect workers and consumers.”
|Jhanvi Patel, BCGC case studies and outreach:|
Jhanvi Patel is an international student from India. She is a rising senior studying Chemical Biology and Business at University of California, Berkeley. Her interests focus on sustainability in cosmetics and Over the Coounter drugs specifically. She has been working as a Decal co-instructor with Grayson Hamaker-Teals for “Decal Chem 98: Introduction to Consumer Sustainability” for two semesters.
“Chem 98 played an important role in growing my love and understanding for consumer products. It stimulated my interest in green chemistry and education, beyond my expectations.”
|Grayson Hamaker-Teals, BCGC case studies and outreach:|
Grayson Hamaker-Teals is a third year undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently working alongside Jhanvi Patel to teach the Chem 98, “Introduction to Consumer Sustainability”. This class focuses on working with students to better understand different common products they interact with and how to brainstorm safer solutions to those hazards. Grayson was also a part of the Greener Solutions class as a student in the fall of 2020, in the Household Product Packaging Team. He continued this work by preparing two case studies based on the semester work: finding alternatives to PFAS as moisture barriers in packaging systems, as well as exploring ways to recycle carpets in a manner that both preserves the carpet material and removes the PFAS grease barrier without endangering the environment.
“I am really enjoying the work I do in Chem 98- the students all have very interesting perspectives on how to find safer alternatives to cosmetics, cleaning products, and energy efficiency. My favorite parts of the class are the class discussions, where students bring up which aspects of the lecture they connected most to- and then teach the rest of the class a little segment that they wanted to share; it allows me to take a chance at being the student and learn something new.
As a student in the Greener Solutions course, and then continuing my research in the case studies I really learned a lot about how to write academic works and how to research a topic that isn’t well documented. I learned how to combine a variety of sources to put together a cohesive point, and how to organize my own thoughts on a subject matter in a way that can be understood in lay terms. My favorite part was working with other students who could reflect a new perspective for the research and help me grow as a writer and as a student. I really appreciated my group mates in the HPP team for leading me through my first major group project, and introducing me to the world of research.”
|Minerva Teli (pending)|
|Aaron Maruzzo (pending)|