Go Green with an ACS Student Chapter
ACS student chapters are organizations for undergraduate students with an interest in the chemical sciences. Members of Green Chemistry Student Chapters participate in a wide range of programs and activities, and have access to useful resources that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers.
Plus, if your student chapter does three or more green chemistry outreach or educational activities during the school year, you have a chance to win a Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award.
How can chemistry help protect our oceans? Lean about the plastic pollution in our oceans, understand the basics of polymers and how to make a biopolymer, and discover innovative ideas by chemists who apply green principles to develop more sustainable materials. Download the Activity Instructions.
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How-to Guides provide in-depth instructions on conducting green chemistry activities. Student chapters are encouraged to think creatively about their activities, but are invited to make use of the examples provided.
Get ideas from these successful green chemistry activities.
Gordon College ACS Student Chapter member expains ocean acidification to children at the Homecoming Science Carnival.
UCLA Student Chapter (SMACS) demonstrates how to make personal care products from natural, vegetable-based sources.
Northeastern University Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (NUSAACS) demonstrate using cabbage water as a pH indicator.
West Virginia State University Student Chapter teaches kids about biodegradability by comparing starch-based packing peanuts with polystyrene peanuts.
What qualifies as a green chemistry activity?
- Park, stream, road or other clean-up
- Recycling drive
- Water monitoring Reusing materials from past reports
- Earth Day celebration without green chemistry component specified
- Any activity with only one member involved
- Attending three talks by home university professors
- General sustainability practices, (e.g. using biodegradable coffee filters)
- Most movie screenings (especially when only linked to climate change without a chemistry context)
- Outreach activities or demos with no green chemistry component