Established in June 2016, GreenChemUBC (GCU) is a student-founded and student-run organization. Through seminars, workshops, and networking, GreenChemUBC strives to educate scientists and engineers about important green chemistry concepts that are relevant to chemical research and the community at large.
Since June 2016, the GCU has introduced two successful initiatives to the Chemistry department at UBC: Coffee-Time Trivia where every week conversations are started around a particular sustainable science idea and prizes given out; and the Chip-Chat Journal Club where innovative green research is discussed and critiqued in-depth.
GCU continues to push sustainable chemistry initiatives in 2021, through the implementation of various new recycling programs (eg. amber glass recycling), creation of a new “sustainability representative” position for research labs at UBC, various fun and informative outreach events such as Hallowgreen and Sustainability Science Seminars, and pushing for the development of green chemistry curricula for undergraduate and graduate courses.
Going forward GreenChem UBC is excited to continue promoting sustainable chemistry through education and awareness.