About Chemists Celebrate Earth Day

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) is a community based program of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This annual program unites ACS local sections, student chapters, technical divisions, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the positive role that chemistry plays in the world.

Earth Day was first officially recognized on April 22, 1970 as a way to demonstrate support for a healthy environment, raise awareness about environmental issues, and remind people that we all need to contribute to a sustainable planet.

For years, chemists have been promoting a better world through recyclable plastics, cleaner-burning fuels, phosphate-free detergents, environmental monitoring, and green chemistry initiatives. The American Chemical Society joined the Earth Day celebration on April 22, 2003. There have been annual CCED events ever since.

CCED is administered by the ACS Office of Science Outreach which is part of the Membership Division. The Committee on Community Activities (CCA) serves as the advisory group for outreach programs, and selects and develops the CCED themes and materials.

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