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Celebrate Earth Week 2020 with Resources from the Journal of Chemical Education

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week 2020 will occur April 19-25, 2020, and this year’s theme is “Protecting Our Planet through Chemistry.” The articles, activities, and experiments listed below provide ideas and suggestions for engaging students on the topic of sustainability in order to connect real-world issues to the teaching environment. Success in integrating sustainability considerations into the practice of chemistry highlights the substantial impact that chemistry education can have to better equip students to address the sustainability of the Earth and societal systems.

With 97 volumes of interesting material on a wide variety of topics, it is easy to connect the classroom experience to the greater world through the Journal of Chemical Education.

Special Issue: Resources on Sustainability

Special Issue: Reimagining Chemistry Education: Systems Thinking, and Green and Sustainable Chemistry

The entire December 2019 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is a rich resource of articles with a focus on sustainability.

Incorporating Sustainability into the Curriculum

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Development and Implementation of a Series of Laboratory Field Trips for Advanced High School Students To Connect Chemistry to Sustainability
Journal of Chemical Education 2015, 92 (4), 631-637
DOI: 10.1021/ed500630f
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Paper to Plastics: An Interdisciplinary Summer Outreach Project in Sustainability
Journal of Chemical Education 2014, 91 (10), 1574-1579
DOI: 10.1021/ed400892t
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Campus as a Living Laboratory for Sustainability: The Chemistry Connection
Journal of Chemical Education 2017, 94 (8), 1036-1042
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00624
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Beyond “Inert” Ideas to Teaching General Chemistry from Rich Contexts: Visualizing the Chemistry of Climate Change (VC3)
Journal of Chemical Education 2017, 94 (8), 1027-1035
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b01009
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Green Chemistry and Sustainability: An Undergraduate Course for Science and Nonscience Majors
Journal of Chemical Education 2013, 90 (4), 429-431
DOI: 10.1021/ed200756z
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Teaching Green and Sustainable Chemistry: A Revised One-Semester Course Based on Inspirations and Challenges
Journal of Chemical Education 2014, 91 (7), 1084-1086
DOI: 10.1021/ed400393b
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Incorporating Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment into First-Year Inorganic Chemistry Major Laboratories
Journal of Chemical Education 2016, 93 (4), 639-644
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00281
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Simple and Effective Integration of Green Chemistry and Sustainability Education into an Existing Organic Chemistry Course
Journal of Chemical Education 2018, 95 (8), 1301-1306
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00720
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Chemistry of Sustainable Products: Filling the Business Void in Green-Chemistry Curricula
Journal of Chemical Education 2019, 96 (4), 647-651
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00619
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Exploring Sustainability with Activities

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Colorful and Creative Chemistry: Making Simple Sustainable Paints with Natural Pigments and Binders
Journal of Chemical Education 2017, 94 (2), 211-215
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00591
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Releasing Stored Solar Energy within Pond Scum: Biodiesel from Algal Lipids
Journal of Chemical Education 2012, 89 (2), 239-242
DOI: 10.1021/ed200098c
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Green Soap: An Extraction and Saponification of Avocado Oil
Journal of Chemical Education 2015, 92 (10), 1763-1765
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00188
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From Lobster Shells to Plastic Objects: A Bioplastics ActivityJournal of Chemical Education 2015, 92 (11), 1882-1885
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00108
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A Simple Photocell To Demonstrate Solar Energy Using Benign Household Ingredients
Journal of Chemical Education 2013, 90 (10), 1358-1361
DOI: 10.1021/ed3001232
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Investigating Sustainability in the Laboratory

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Dyeing to Degrade: A Bioplastics Experiment for College and High School Classrooms
Journal of Chemical Education 2019, 96 (11), 2565-2573
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00461
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Making Sustainable Biofuels and Sunscreen from Corncobs To Introduce Students to Integrated Biorefinery Concepts and Techniques
Journal of Chemical Education 2018, 95 (8), 1376-1380
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00819
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Evaluating Sustainability: Soap versus Biodiesel Production from Plant Oils
Journal of Chemical Education 2012, 89 (8), 1053-1056
DOI: 10.1021/ed100451d
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Extraction and Antibacterial Properties of Thyme Leaf Extracts: Authentic Practice of Green Chemistry
Journal of Chemical Education 2016, 93 (8), 1422-1427
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00891
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From Scrap to Functional Materials: Exploring Green and Sustainable Chemistry Approach in the Undergraduate Laboratory
Journal of Chemical Education 2019, 96 (3), 535-539
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00484
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Discovering Inexpensive, Effective Catalysts for Solar Energy Conversion: An Authentic Research Laboratory Experience
Journal of Chemical Education 2016, 93 (4), 650-657
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00591
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Introducing Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry Topics Using a Nanotechnology Approach: Removing Hazardous Metal Ions by Means of Humic-Acid-Modified Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles
Journal of Chemical Education 2016, 93 (11), 1929-1934
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00172
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