Career Achievement in Green Chemistry Education

Award at a Glance

Recipient Faculty
Category Teaching,  Green Chemistry,  Travel,  Research
Amount$5,000 + travel
DeadlineSeptember 1, 2023


To acknowledge an instructor who has made a profound and transformative impact on the future of green chemistry and sustainability in education through cumulative contributions spanning a significant portion of their career.


This award, co-sponsored by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute and Committee on Environmental Improvement will be given to a pedagogical innovator who has shown consistent creativity and innovation in the classroom, laboratory, and broader chemistry enterprise. Only instructors with a significant, impactful body of work will be considered for this award which is meant to acknowledge career-long contributions to the application of green chemistry in all aspects of education. The award will consist of a plaque, a $5,000 honorarium, and travel support for the awardee (up to $2,500) to attend the annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference (GC&E) to receive the award and speak at an invited symposium programmed in their honor.


We encourage nominations of established faculty who have maintained consistent focus on the inclusion of green chemistry in one or more of the following components of undergraduate education: lecture (classroom) materials (in-person or virtual) including conceptual content, activities, projects, assessments, contextualization tools, etc.; laboratory materials including experimental protocols, metrics, assessments, etc.; research experiences including green chemistry and sustainability-related fundamental research projects, student mentoring, curricular development, etc.; campus-wide and/or community-based initiatives; collaborative projects; papers, books, and other authored materials; and other similar contributions. Self-nominations are encouraged. Award winners are expected to attend the annual GC&E conference and give an oral presentation at a special Career Achievement Award symposium.

Conference participation:

Applicants should be aware that winners are expected to attend and present at the GC&E conference during the designated year the award is bestowed. Applications submitted in 2023 will be considered for the 2024 Career Achievement in Chemistry Education Award with travel funding provided for the 2024 GC&E conference. In addition to presenting their work, faculty awardees will join a network of previous ACS GCI awardees who may be called upon to read applications and select winners for future awards. Students who travel to the GC&E should also be prepared to give an oral or poster presentation on their research (or relevant area of study/interest) during the conference and submit a brief report to ACS GCI on their experience after the conference.


11:59 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) on September 1, 2023. 

Application Requirements

Applications will open in June 2023 and applicants may apply using the ACS Green Chemistry Institute application portal. To use the portal you will need to have or create a free ACS ID. 

Judging Process

A panel of experts selected by the ACS GCI will judge the applications. This panel might include members of the scientific, educational, industrial, governmental, and environmental communities.


The ACS Green Chemistry Institute will notify applicants of award acceptance by December 31st.


The ACS Campaign for a Sustainable Future and the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement

Contact Information


Related Opportunities

  • Rising Stars in Green Chemistry Education Award There are two annual awards: one designated for a scholar teaching in the U.S. and the other for an international scholar teaching at an institution outside the U.S. Each award will consist of a certificate, $1,000 honorarium, and travel support for the awardee and one student (up to $2,000 each) to attend the annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference to receive the award and present their work.

  • Green Chemistry Challenge Award Promoting the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry.

  • ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability Into Chemical Education Recognizing individuals or groups who have made exemplary contributions to the incorporation of sustainability into chemical education.

  • Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award Providing national recognition for ACS student chapters who have shown outstanding commitment to incorporating green chemistry into their annual activities.