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Lesson One: The Essentials of Green Chemistry

Module Two:  Green Chemistry and Sustainability


The following questions are meant to give you an idea of this module's main learning objectives.  If you feel comfortable answering the questions without reviewing your notes, then you are on your way to knowing the content of this module.

  • What is the relationship between green chemistry and the development of a sustainable civilization?
  • Think of an example of a civilization that collapsed because its natural determinants were misappropriated, exhausted, or damaged.
  • What are the fundamental differences between natural and human determinants? Provide some examples.
  • Why should we care about determinants?
  • How do determinants affect the course of the future? Write down some examples.
  • What role does ethics play in the practice of sustainable chemistry?
  • How could green chemistry become a positive example of a human determinant?

Creative Thinking Challenges

  • Imagine some human determinants that act positively on natural determinants (other than green chemistry) to favor sustainability, and some that act negatively. What makes their actions negative or positive? Pick one and imagine how it could positively or negatively affect the future.
  • What hazard classes do you think green chemists need to reduce and eliminate first? Prioritize your list in your notebook. As the course goes on, modify your list as you learn more.
  • Consider the following energy sources: solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind, biofuels, oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear. Based on what you know, rank them in order from the most sustainable to the least sustainable. As the course goes on, modify your list as you think appropriate.

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