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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.

ACS GCI and Beyond Benign plan to launch an additional green chemistry education project, the Green Chemistry Teaching and Learning Community (GCTLC) in 2023.

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 and we began the the module development process in January, 2021. If you are interested in learning more about module development, please email

Assessment Consultants:

Elizabeth Day
Michigan State University
General & Organic Chemistry

Tom Holme
Iowa State University
General Chemistry

Nicholas Kingsley
University of Michigan-Flint
General Chemistry

Alexey Leontyev
North Dakota State University
Organic Chemistry

Barbora Morra
University of Toronto
General & Organic Chemistry

Doug Raynie
South Dakota State University
Organic Chemistry


Subject Matter Expert:

Grace Lasker
University of Washington Bothell



Module Developers:

Amelia Anderson-Wile
Ohio Northern University
Daniela Andrei
Dominican University
Katherine Aubrecht
Stony Brook University
Loyd Bastin
Widener University
Maggie Bump
Virginia Tech
Wan-Yi “Amy” Chu
Mills College
Sarah Cummings
University of Nevada, Reno
Kendra Denlinger
Xavier University
Jessica D'eon
University of Toronto
Amy Dounay
Colorado College
Michelle Douskey
Felicia Etzkorn
Virginia Tech
Jamie Ferguson
Emorey & Henry College

Teresa Fernando
Iowa State University
Matt Fisher
Saint Vincent College



Marta Guron
University of Pennsylvania

Rebecca Haley
University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Kathleen Halligan
York College of Pennsylvania

Heather Hopgood
Ohio University

Isabel Larraza
North Park University

David Laviska
Seton Hall University

Vaso Lykourinou
Northeastern University

Sara K. Madsen
South Dakota State University

Mark Mason
University of Toledo

Chelsea Martinez
Univeristy of Pittsburgh

Hubert Muchalski
California State University Fresno

Sarah Prescott
University of New Hampshire



John Randazzo
North Park University

Shegufa Shetranjiwalla
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Julian Silverman
Manhattan College

Jessica Tischler
University of Michigan-Flint

Jennifer Tripp
University of San Francisco

Bhawani Venkataraman
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School

Daniel Waddell
University of Cincinnati

Lihua Wang
Kettering University

Michael Wentzel
Augsburg University

Yalan Xing
William Paterson University

Michael Young
University of Toledo

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 27th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference will be held June 13-15, 2023 in Long Beach, CA on the theme, Closing the Loop: Chemistry for a Sustainable Future.