BCGC Newsletter July 2016

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The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

Helping to transform society's production and use of chemicals and materials

The University of California Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry is an academic program that advances green chemistry through interdisciplinary scholarship. BCGC pursues innovations in education, research and public engagement. We are faculty, researchers, and students in the Colleges of Chemistry, Natural Resources and Engineering, and the Schools of Public Health and Business.

BCGC July 2016 Newsletter

Greener Solutions students' work published in the Journal of Environmental Management 

Jeremy Faludi, Tina Hoang, and Patrick Gorman of the 2014 Greener Solutions class, with instructor Marty Mulvihill, have just published a paper titled "Aiding alternatives assessment with an uncertainty-tolerant hazard scoring method," in the Journal of Environmental Management. The paper is based on their class project, in which they evaluated safer alternatives to hazardous spray foam insulation.

In this paper, the students present a new method to assess alternatives to harmful chemicals, scoring both functionality and hazard. The scoring method presents the hazard score of a material as one number with a measure of uncertainty, designed to make materials evaluation easy for non-expert decision makers.

The paper can be viewed here for free until September 13, and  you can read about the students' original Greener Solutions project here.

Congrats Jeremy, Tina, Patrick, and Marty!!

Green Chemistry Community

October 16-19, 2016  - 8th Green Solvents Conference in Kiel/Germany and 1st Green Solvents Workshop


November 27-30, 2016 - 6th Asia-Oceania Conference on Sustainable and Green Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong

December 12, 2016 Frontiers in Green Materials, London, UK
This one day symposium will provide a forum to discuss and inspire inter-disciplinary, innovative research based on reducing the use of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical and material products. Chemists, engineers and materials scientists from both research and industry are invited to register. For more details, please visit


Green Chemistry Opportunities

 Job Opening: The 11th Hour Project 
Program Coordinator – Oil & Gas Program (Full-Time)

The 11th Hour Project, a Palo Alto-based program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, is committed to promoting a responsible relationship with the planet’s food, water and energy resources. We are looking for a truly exceptional person to assist with grant-making in our Oil & Gas Program, which is focused on reducing fossil fuels and their associated environmental and health impacts. The Program Coordinator must have an excellent work ethic, be highly skilled at setting priorities, and possess a willingness to jump in with both feet. The successful candidate will be confident, smart, and highly productive; a quick study who thrives in a high-performing organization where standards are high and work is expected to be done quickly, efficiently, and accurately. This position reports to the Program Director for the Oil & Gas Program.

The full job description and application instructions are available here.

October 22-23 K12 Informal Science Opportunity at October Bioneers Conference in Marin.

Design and host a hands-on green chemistry exercise as part of a family fair. As part of the Bioneers conference ( we will be producing the Family Fair: science, art, nature and biomimicry activities for kids and families on October 22nd and 23rd at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. We will be offering hands-on educational activities and would like to invite some students from your program to design and host a green chemistry activities at the Family Fair.  

The Family Fair runs from 10AM-4 PM October 22nd and 23rd at
the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. We would provide comp 3
day registration passes to the  Bioneers conference for those who help design and organize similar activities .

Contact: Arty Mangan
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