The science of green chemistry and its role in chemicals policy and educational reform

Amy S. Cannon, John C. Warner

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Over the past 10 years, the science of green chemistry has continued to evolve and has been adopted in research labs in industry and academia. At the same time, new innovations in chemicals policy have widened opportunities for legislative action to protect human health and the environment. This article addresses the mechanisms by which the science of green chemistry and chemicals policy can work together to help attain a more sustainable future. It also speaks to the pitfalls of inappropriately merging these two, and explores how such a merger could inhibit the creation of sustainable technologies. Green chemistry’s role in educational reform is discussed as a means for training students who are prepared to create truly sustainable technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-517
Number of pages19
JournalNew Solutions
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemicals policy
  • Green chemistry

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