Rachel Pokrandt is Director of K-12 Curriculum and Training at Beyond Benign, a non-profit working in the areas of Education, community and industry in Green Chemistry.
Rachel has been developing multi-disciplinary sustainable science curricula for middle and high school students for 7 years, working on programs with Pfizer, The U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, DuPont and DOW Chemical. Rachel has been involved in Green Chemistry Education through the ‘Recipe for Sustainable Science’ and ‘Solutions in Green Chemistry’ programs of Beyond Benign.
of Beyond Benign seeks to deliver teaching and learning tools to K-12 educators in order that they may share dynamic science experiences with their students with an emphasis on objective reasoning through the consideration of economy, society and the environment in equal measure.
Through the framework of green chemistry, K-12 Education at Beyond Benign is able to explore curriculum content across the board with a view to the future and the sustainability of social, industrial, economic and environmental sustainability. Curriculum materials take an independent stance where students are put in the position of decision maker and scientific issues are put under a neutral microscope.