Green & Sustainable Chemistry Workshop for High School Teachers

The Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) in partnership with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be offering a FREE three-day workshop (June 20–22, 2017) at the University of Minnesota to high school chemistry teachers on green and sustainable chemistry. The workshop will be hosted by CSP Investigator Professor Jane Wissinger (UMN Chemistry), Cassandra Knutson (MRSEC-RET, White Bear Lake High School), and Cassidy Javner (MRSEC-RET, Shakopee High School). Applicants from across the state of Minnesota are welcome.  Travel grants are available only for state of Minnesota teachers.

Participating teachers will receive instruction on the principles of green chemistry, industrial applications, and potential impacts to human health and the environment. Shared lesson plans will illustrate how green and sustainable practices apply to secondary chemistry classrooms with education standards in mind. Participants will gain hands-on experience with safer, cost-effective labs that minimize waste and are drop-in replacements for traditional secondary chemistry labs. Topics such as bioplastics, polymeric medical sutures and use of biomimicry will be explored demonstrating relevance to societal needs. Participants will partner with the workshop instructors and one another to develop or modify experiments for use in their classroom. Upon returning to their respective high schools during the 2017-2018 academic year, participants are committed to implement at least two green chemistry experiments that they explored or developed at the workshop in their classrooms.

Participating teachers will receive a $300.00 stipend and potentially the option to earn 2 graduate level credits from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). Participants will also receive resources for lab implementation in their classrooms. Accommodations and parking at the University of Minnesota will be provided for traveling participants. Lunch will be provided each day to all participants.

If you are interested in applying for the June 20–22, 2017 workshop, please use fill out the Workshop Application Applications are due March 1st, 2017.

For questions contact Professor Jane Wissinger — jwiss@umn.edu.

Webinar: Beyond Doom and Gloom: Include Solutions to Climate Change

Wed, Mar 1, 2017 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2860146782187308801

Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts and not sure how to help create significant improvements? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert curricular materials to engage students in current and future solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline.

Illinois poised to require lead testing in public schools, day care centers

Read the full story in Politico.

Illinois public schools and licensed daycare facilities will be required to test drinking water for lead contamination under a major compromise reached by key stakeholders, parties involved in the deal told POLITICO Illinois.

12,000 U.S. schools are within a mile of a hazardous chemical facility. What should we do about that?

Read the full story in Ensia.

In the absence of a federal U.S. policy for schools located near potentially dangerous sites, community activists search for safer solutions.

Illinois State University launches new partnership for renewable energy majors

Illinois State University’s College of Applied Science and Technology launched a brand new university exchange partnership to provide additional opportunities for their renewable energy students to study abroad. This program addition is part of an ongoing effort to expand opportunities to underrepresented majors in study abroad as well as increase internationalization of the Illinois State University campus.

This two-way exchange partnership is with the Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering (AAMS) in Aarhus, Denmark. AAMS is a world leader in renewable energy production and management. Students who participate on this program will be able to complete a technology minor.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 semester.

To learn more, visit the AAMS program page.

Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new Manufacturing USA Institute

Read the full story from Iowa State University.

Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute.

Call for Proposals: 2017 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit

Proposals for the seventh annual Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit are being accepted. The Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit is seeking presentations that model innovative, novel approaches to ways that athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically and environmentally responsible. Conference organizers aim to go beyond the basics by encouraging conversations around behavior change, innovation and social sustainability. Deadline to submit is Jan. 6.

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