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Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Sustainability Summit:

U.N. SDG #4: Quality Education

  Dec. 7-8, 2023  |    ACS Headquarters, Washington, D.C. & Virtual


Brought to you by the ACS Campaign for a Sustainable Future, this summit will bring together thought leaders from across the spectrum of stakeholders working to advance green chemistry and sustainability in education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute will facilitate critical connections between academia and industry to catalyze the propagation of green chemistry and sustainability concepts throughout curricula while expanding educational opportunities for both students and professionals. We will also highlight urgent requirements for accessible training that can provide every chemist and engineer with opportunities to cultivate valuable skillsets that empower them to make significant contributions toward achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Central Themes

  • Challenges and opportunities relevant to the current state of secondary/tertiary teaching of chemistry in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Making and strengthening connections between concerned stakeholders, with educators as the pivot point: Education/Industry, Education/NGOs, Education/Funding and Policy, Education/Community Engagement, and Education/DEIR.
  • Identifying training needs for chemists and engineers to complement those offered at educational institutions.
  • Measuring impact and using that to drive new educational initiatives and future opportunities for chemists and engineers.

Attendees Will:

  • Network, connect, and build bridges between education and industry. 
  • Insight into the value and necessity for reimagining chemistry education.
  • Strategies for reimagining chemistry education that include perspectives from multiple stakeholders from across the chemistry enterprise. 
  • Learn about opportunities to adopt existing curricular materials and/or contribute to developing new materials that empower chemists and engineers to contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Tentative Agenda

12/07/23 - Thursday morning session
Introductions; Guided discussion and programmed Q&A (180 min)

12/07/23 - Thursday afternoon session (Educators)
Systems-Thinking in the Undergraduate Curriculum (235 min)

12/08/23 - Friday morning session
Building Critical Skillsets in the Workforce (240 min)

ACS Chemistry & United Nation Sustainable Development Goals

Learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how chemistry innovation is essential to address these challenges.

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