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Grand Valley signs Green Chemistry Commitment

On June 18, 2013, Grand Valley State University joined a group of U.S. universities that are working together to raise awareness about the growing field of green chemistry, being among the first to sign the national Green Chemistry Commitment, an agreement that states all chemistry majors, by the time they graduate, will have proficiency in green chemistry. The commitment is led by an advisory board of faculty from chemistry departments across the U.S.  The commitment is facilitated by Beyond Benign, a non-profit that provides tools to educators to teach and learn about green chemistry to create a sustainable future.

“Green chemistry practices are increasingly seen in many industries, including health care, and can be applied to product development, patent law and quality management professions. Green chemistry includes long-term thinking, and researching and producing chemicals that are not toxic and not harmful in the long run. More and more, companies are seeking employees with sustainable skills that complement any job “ said Dalila Kovacs, professor of chemistry at GVSU.

Kovacs joined representatives from other universities who signed the commitment at the 17th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference June 18-20 in Maryland. She gave a presentation about Grand Valley’s Green Chemistry Program to green chemistry educators from across the country.

More information on the Green Chemistry Commitment can be found at


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