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Environmental Science and Policy


The objective of this project was to understand the current environmental impact of chemistry labs at Smith College to recognize what can be done to make our department more sustainable and become a safer environment for students. There is a growing need to make chemical practices more sustainable, be it in industry, manufacturing or academics. What better place to teach green chemistry than at Smith College. The leading women graduating with a chemistry degree will be environmentally aware, which is exactly what is needed in the 21st century. This paper will not attempt to turn the chemistry department “green”; rather it will offer ideas and suggestions that will illustrate what steps can be taken to become more sustainable.


© 2003 Molly Williams