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Lesson One: The Essentials of Green Chemistry

Module Three: Green Chemistry Focuses on Inherent Hazards


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 are the key underlying ideas that drive "green" chemistry as opposed to any other kind of chemistry?
  • What would be the advantages of a more sustainable approach to chemistry?
  • What are the barriers to adopting green chemistry in your country?
  • Can you imagine an industry that could benefit from green chemistry? Why would it benefit and how?
  • What will be the real world effects of green chemistry when it is widely practiced? What upsides and downsides can you imagine? What might be the real world ramifications for jobs, the economy, and human health and the environment?
  • Which three of the Anastas and Warner principles of green chemistry do you consider to be the most important?

Creative Thinking Challenges

  • Identify specific problems in the world that require the attention of green chemistry. What drives the need for green chemistry?
  • List other ways you can think of that would help us reduce hazardous chemicals in the products and processes of our civilization.

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