What ACS Is Doing

ACS has a long and significant history of sustainability and a commitment to understanding environment issues, both in its operations and member support. ACS works toward facilitating solutions to environmental challenges through the application of chemical science and engineering. We’re also involved in a number of activities to promote sustainable practices, green chemistry and spreading the message. Check out how!

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is dedicated to advancing a sustainable future across the global chemical enterprise. ACS GCI leads a portfolio of activities designed to communicate about green chemistry, catalyze its implementation, and advance green chemistry education. ACS GCI also collaborates on many other sustainability activities across ACS and with external partners.

  • Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference (GC&E)
    ACS GCI hosts this premire conference, which is longest running green chemistry conference in the United States.
  • ACS GCI Industrial Roundtables
    ACS GCI uses its capabilities, experience, and world-wide network of technical expertise to catalyze the movement of industrial
  • ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy
    Run by the ACS Education Division, the annual green chemistry summer schools for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to explore scientific solutions to global challenges using the concepts and practices of green chemistry. enterprises toward sustainability.

ACS has been a leader in advocating public policy to advance green and sustainable chemistry and engineering, as well as policies that encourage the application of science to broader global challenges. The Society has robust partnerships with the National Academies and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to develop detailed reports and recommendations in this arena. Regular Capitol Hill briefings include topics on sustainability.

ACS also explores international cooperation with other organizations to advance sustainability globally.

  • ACS Global Strategic Alliances
    ACS international alliances and partnerships leverage our resources and capabilities, along with those of our partners, to enhance chemistry’s potential in addressing key global issues. The alliances support Goals 2 and 3 of the Society’s Strategic Plan.
  • Environmental Science and Technology
    The authoritative source of information for environmental professionals presenting magazine and research content covering the environment and its protection by scientific, engineering, and political means.
  • Energy and Fuels
    Publishes articles in the following disciplines and applications: catalysis & kinetics, combustion, environmental, fossil fuels, hydrogen, materials, process engineering, renewable, CO2 issues, and batteries
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
    Provides a venue for presentation of research relevant to all aspects of the chemical basis of toxic responses. It emphasizes rigorous chemical standards and encourages application of modern techniques of chemical analysis to mechanisms of toxicity.
  • ACS Catalysis New in 2011!
    Publishes original research on heterogeneous catalysis, homogeneous catalysis, and bio-catalysis. Application coverage includes life sciences, drug discovery & development, household products, polymer discovery & production, environmental protection and energy & fuels.
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry - A
    Publishing research on dynamics; clusters; excited states; kinetics; spectroscopy; atmospheric, environmental, and green chemistry; molecular structure; quantum chemistry; and general theory.
  • Journal of Chemical Education
    The official journal of the Division of Chemical Education of the ACS which publishes experiments and classroom activities through its green chemistry feature.

The first news channel launched by Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS’ weekly newsmagazine, providing a steady stream of news about environmental research, business, and policy, including coverage of climate change, pollution, toxic substances, energy and sustainability.

Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions

A science podcast series, launched in 2008, to identify the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges, and explore the solutions emerging from chemistry.

Operational Practices

Sustainability efforts implemented at the ACS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Greening the ACS National Meetings & Expositions

ACS is committed to sustainable meetings and event practices. Since 2008, the ACS Committee on Meetings and Expositions has implemented a number of operational practices and partnered with service contractors that foster sustainability in each host city. Starting with the 2011 Spring National Meeting, ACS conducts sustainability audits and impact studies that include unique on-site data attributes and findings.

The ACS awards program recognizes advancement in sustainable chemistry and engineering through several awards. Additionally, ACS GCI, in coordination with the U.S. EPA administers judging for the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

ACS also offers grants to support the advancement of the chemical sciences through research, education, and community projects.

Historical Highlights

  • 1912—First environmentally-related ACS technical section
  • 1952—First ACS Committee on Air Pollution
  • 1967—Introduced Environmental Science & Technology
  • 1968—Established Committee on Environmental Improvement
  • 1969—Published Cleaning Our Environment: The Chemical Basis for Action
  • 1995—Convened, with EPA, stakeholders to establish the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and an annual green chemistry and engineering conference
  • 2001—Established the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®
  • 2007—Launched the Global Innovation Imperatives with the Society of Chemical Industry
  • 2008—Launched the Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series