UC Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry publishes a new book of case studies: Green Chemistry collegiate education, sustainability context and real-world problem-solving through collaboration

June 30, 2023

The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC) has published a new book of case studies highlighting several years of collaboration with industry, government and non-profits to research and identify green chemistry alternatives to harmful chemicals used in the apparel, additive manufacturing, household products and energy sectors. The book also contains a brief overview of sustainability issues, germane chemical regulations, and an explanation of the teaching methods used in the Berkeley School of Public Health graduate course, Greener Solutions.

Greener Solutions is a unique collaboration of interdisciplinary teams of graduate students with representatives of industry, government and NGOs to replace “bad actor” chemicals in products or processes. The fields of chemistry, public health, and toxicology are brought to bear on the problem within a team, project and bio-inspired design-oriented framework. A comparative chemical hazard analysis is performed in each project. Each case study discusses the problem, solution, innovation achieved, and impact of the project and offers a detailed explanation of the chemical and material problem-solving process.

The book is “Green Chemistry in Practice: Chemical and Material Innovation through Collaboration”, by Thomas A. McKeag, senior advisor and former executive director at BCGC, It is part of the Advances in Green and Sustainable Chemistry series  by Elsevier and is available in print or digital format here: