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Green & Sustainable Chemistry Education Module Development Project

Starting in 2020, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute is initiating a 3-year project to develop green and sustainable chemistry education resources for undergraduate students studying general and organic chemistry. These resources will integrate green and sustainable chemistry using a systems thinking lens and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to set the context.

This year, our team has been working to develop a rubric to guide the development and evaluation of the education modules. The rubric is paired with a guidance document that articulates the connections between green and sustainable chemistry, systems thinking, and how these ideas connect to the current chemistry curriculum.

Module Development Webinars


Systems Thinking in Chemistry Education: Preparing Global Citizens for a Sustainable Future

Peter Mahaffy of The Kings University and MaryKay Orgill of the University of Nevada discuss the essential characteristics of a systems thinking approach in chemistry education through an example that is appropriate for a general chemistry course as well as discuss why a systems thinking approach can prepare students to be global citizens that support a sustainable future.  Recorded on December 10, 2020.

Green & Sustainable Chemistry Module Development Inititative: Developer Teams & Systems Thinking Initiative

In the second undergraduate chemistry module development project webinar we discuss: the motivations and background of this project, what we're hoping to achieve with these chemistry education modules, and how you can get involved with this project. We also discuss our thinking around the use of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as an important context for chemistry education and the latest thinking on using a systems thinking approach to teach foundational chemistry concepts. Recorded on November 11, 2020.

Green Chemistry Module Development Introduction

Watch our webinar, Undergraduate Chemistry Education for a Sustainable Future: Green Chemistry Module Development, to learn how more about our efforts to develop education resources for the undergraduate chemistry curriculum! Recorded on August 5, 2020.

Module Development Contributors

We accepted module develop applications from green chemistry educators in 2020. Starting in 2021, we will begin the module development process. If you are interested in learning more about module development, please email

Module developers:

  • Work with a team of educators from a variety of institutions, supported by ACS GCI staff
  • Select a topic according to your expertise
  • Provide feedback to another team’s module
  • Pilot a module in your classroom and make revisions
  • Ensure modules meet the evaluation rubric
  • Receive authorship credit for work
  • Receive financial compensation upon delivery of classroom-ready materials
  • Expand their networks and have fun with like-minded green chemistry educators!

Additional Module Development Information

Additional guidance for module development can be found in the rubric and rubric guidance document:

To learn more about these efforts, please read ACS GCI Advisory Board Chair Bill Carroll’s article in the August 2, 2019 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, “Mapping Out the Future of Green Chemistry Education”.

Changing the chemistry education landscape to better reflect systems thinking and sustainable and green chemistry approaches will require many minds. Whether you are an educator, student or industry scientist, if you are interested in helping in this endeavor, please contact to discuss ways you can contribute.

Questions About Module Development & Green Chemistry Education?

Do you have questions about the Green Chemistry Education Module Development Project or other green chemistry education resources? Please sign up to receive more information, or email

ACS GCI's Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

The Call for Abstracts for the 25th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference is open through February 15, 2021.