Student Chapters

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.

  • Webinars & Activities


    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

    Watch the Webinar
    Riding the Wave of Green Chemistry: How to Enhance Awareness of Plastics in the Ocean

    Originally recorded on April 25, 2018

    Conduct the Activity
    From Lobster Shells to Plastic Objects: A Bioplastics Activity

    From the J. Chem. Educ.  92, 11, 1882-1885

    EPA's Safer Choice Program

    Learn about the EPA's Safer Choice Program, what makes a safer product and how companies are using the Safer Choice Program to guide their innovation process.

    Watch the Webinar:
    EPA Safer Choice Program

    Originally recorded on February 13, 2018

    Conduct the Activity
    Formulate your own hand soap using the Safer Choice Criteria

    From Beyond Benign

  • How-To-Guides

    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.

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  • Activity Ideas

    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.

  • Activity Guidelines

    What qualifies as a green chemistry activity?

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    Ineligible activities

    • 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

ACS GCI's Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

The 24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference will be held June 16-18, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Take your sustainable chemistry to the next level - don't miss this conference!

The GC&E Call for Symposia is open through October 4, 2019