Green Chemistry Education Network
I recently participated in an interdisciplinary class called, "Sustainability and Society: Science, Technology and the
Environment." This graduate level class taught by Alastair Iles in the
Environmental Science and Policy Management department, attracts both physical
and social scientists. The class discussion is built around three case studies:
green chemistry (social movements and metrics), electric cars (competing
technological modes and competing solutions), and nanotechnology (risk
assessment and anticipatory governance). I have included just a few of the
reading from the green chemistry section along with the 2009 course syllabus. I
would like to pose a few questions for discussion, which I have been
considering after taking this course.
1) Is Green Chemistry a "Social Movement"?
2) What role do non-scientists have in influencing what we do and teach as
3) Is there a place for interdisciplinary science and social science in the
curriculum at your institution? If so, who teaches these classes and what is
included in their syllabuses?