CCEW 2021 Celebrating Chemistry
Reducing Our Footprint with Chemistry
In this issue
Some kinds of plastic containers bend or shrink when they get too hot. Instead of throwing them away, let’s reuse these types of plastics in a fun way!
As the global population gets bigger, one of the biggest challenges the world faces is feeding its people. Every year, food wastage accounts for about one-third of all the food grown around the world. Yikes!
In this activity, you’ll think about the amount of energy and resources needed to make your favorite snack food and get it to you fresh, delicious, and undamaged.
Our houses are designed to keep heat in when it's cold outside, and to keep heat out when it's too hot. If we want to conserve energy, insulation is a great way to keep the temperature just right!
Most energy from transportation comes from sources like oil and gas, which are not sustainable and have a very large footprint on the Earth. What are some alternative transportation options that have a smaller footprint?
CCEW 2021 Theme Team
- Rick Rogers, CCEW Chair
- Neal Abrams, 2021 Chair
- Susan Hershberger
- David Katz
- Alex Madonik
- Regina Malczewski
- JaimeLee Rizzo
- Alexsa Silva
- Faith Yarberry
- Allison Tau, Editor
- Eric Stewart, Copyeditor
- Michael Tinnesand, Copyeditor
- Rhonda Saunders, Designer
- Jim Starr, Illustrator
- Beatriz Hernandez, Translator
Technical and Safety Review Team
- Lynn Hogue, Consultant
- Bettyann Howson, Safety Reviewer
- Ashley Neybert, Accessibility Reviewer
- Sara Delgado-Rivera, Translation Reviewer
Division of Education
- LaTrease Garrison, Executive Vice President
- Lily L. Raines, Manager, Science Outreach
- Allison Tau, Program Specialist, Science Outreach
The articles and activities used in this publication were written by theme team members of the ACS Committee on Community Activities (CCA) under the leadership of Holly Davis. Meg A. Mole’s interview was written by Kara KasaKaitas. Lastly, ACS would like to acknowledge editorial contributions from the ACS Committee on Ethics.
The activities described in this publication are intended for children under the direct supervision of adults. The American Chemical Society cannot be responsible for any accidents or injuries that may result from conducting the activities without proper supervision, from not specifically following directions, or from ignoring the cautions contained in the text.