The awards program on September 24 at the Detroit Institute of Arts recognized innovation in green chemistry in business, public sector and education. GVSU student Nathan Craft was selected as the student winner for his research project.
Dalila G. Kovacs, associate professor of chemistry, said Grand Valley is leading the way for green chemistry education in Michigan. The curriculum includes a strong environmental chemistry program, two green chemistry courses, and the inception of a certification in green chemistry, which is still in the review stages.
“It is important that our students have a hands-on experience to go along with the theory and concepts that they learn in the classroom,” Kovacs said. “Grand Valley has an advantage because we have the resources that allow students to have that experience.”
Kovacs said students who receive a certification in green chemistry will have a competitive edge over other graduates looking for jobs.
Professor Min Qi agreed, and said: “We are seeing more students becoming interested in the environmental chemistry program. Students see the importance that green chemistry has gained throughout the world and the increased support it has from the government.”
In addition to the green chemistry and environmental courses currently in place at Grand Valley, Kovacs, Qi, colleagues Andrew Lantz and Cory DiCarlo have also hosted a Michigan Green Chemistry Education Network Conference and have published a newsletter, MIGreen. Visit the Web site www.gvsu.edu/chem and click on “Green Chemistry” to learn more about the program.
Pictured, top row from left, are Cory DiCarlo, Andrew Lantz, Todd Carlson; seated from left, Dalila Kovacs and Min Qi. The Chemistry Department received the Michigan Green Chemistry Governor's Award / Photo by Heather DeWitt