Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship Online Certificate Program

This 3-course program from the University of Washington is intended to give graduates the tools to make a difference and find success by learning to design safer chemicals and industrial processes. Businesses are facing increasing market and regulatory pressures to use less toxic chemicals in their manufacturing processes and products, and are in need of professionals who can provide innovative solutions and more sustainable substitutes. 67% of global executives agree that sustainability strategies are necessary to be competitive.

What you will learn

During this 3-course program, we will explore:

  • The 12 guiding principles of green chemistry
  • Business drivers and barriers to implementing sustainable practices
  • Frameworks for incorporating chemical toxicity and human health considerations into product design, material selections, and supply chain decision-making
  • Environmental, economic, and societal benefits of green chemistry
  • Latest research and regulatory developments in the field
  • New tools for chemical design and methods for comparative chemical hazard assessments

Who should take these courses?

The Green Chemistry and Chemical Stewardship Certificate Program is intended for:

  • Engineers, chemists, and materials scientists
  • Environmental product managers
  • Supply chain decision-makers
  • Risk management researchers
  • Product stewardship professionals
  • Safety and health professionals
  • Graduate level students in related fields
  • Educators (high school through college level)
  • Legal professionals
  • Building designers and architects
  • Environmental and other sciences professionals in industry, labor, academia, and non-government organizations

Recommended Prerequisites

Material in the program is intended for individuals who have:

  • A 4-year degree
  • At least 1 year of relevant work or graduate-level education experience
  • A fundamental knowledge of chemistry, equivalent to a basic college-level chemistry course

Program structure

This program is comprised of 3 courses, successful completion of all courses is required to earn a certificate. Courses may be taken a la carte by individuals who are not looking to earn a certificate at this time. Program participants may register for all 3 courses at one time, or register 2 weeks before the start of each course. 

COURSE I: Sustainability, Toxicology, and Human Health

September 23, 2019 – December 6, 2019 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5

Overview of fundamental principles of toxicology, human health, and material science. Participants will review their own business’ sustainability drivers and barriers while investigating the health and environmental hazards that contribute to human disease.

COURSE II: Principles of Green Chemistry

January 6, 2020 – March 13, 2020 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5

Fundamental principles of green chemistry, including the human and ecological reasons for considering less toxic alternatives and the various green applications to chemical design. overview of new tools and cutting edge research for the design of 21st century chemicals that minimize hazards to health and the environment.

COURSE III: Assessment Tools for Safer Chemical Decisions

March 30, 2020 – June 5, 2020 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5

Decision-making tools and methods used for comparative chemical hazard assessments. Participants will have an opportunity to use these tools through the completion of a culminating project.

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