Understanding Sustainability & Chemistry’s Role

What is sustainability?

The traditional definition of sustainability calls for policies and strategies that meet society’s present economic, social and environmental needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

What does chemistry have to do with sustainability?

Chemistry is crucial to finding sustainable solutions to far-reaching challenges, including:

  • Energy provision
  • Environmental protection
  • Food and water safety
  • Global healthcare

Explore the resources on this page to learn more about chemistry’s role in sustainability.

Resources

Get research and presentation highlights from meetings, congressional briefings, and other sustainability-related events.

Get research and presentation highlights from meetings, congressional briefings, and other sustainability-related events.

Discover ways to incorporate sustainability concepts into chemical education.

Discover ways to incorporate sustainability concepts into chemical education.