BENEFITING: BEYOND BENIGN - A WARNER-BABCOCKFOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jun 30, 2014
Chemistry plays a critical role in the materials and products we use every day. Why is it that we hear how another chemical product has led to more damage to our health and environment? This is, in part, because most chemists have never been trained about the health and environmental impacts of the products they make in the laboratory. Chemists and chemistry need to be the solution to, not the cause of harm to our health and ecosystems.
At Beyond Benign, we believe in chemistry without harm. We seek to revolutionize the way chemistry is taught to create a new generation of scientists and citizens ready to engage with their world while connecting chemistry, human health, and the environment. It is our goal to integrate the increasingly important concept of green chemistry, the design of inherently safer chemicals, products and processes, in as many classrooms and educational programs as possible through programs that engage teachers, students, and community members as agents of change. We seek to reinvigorate science education with applied learning and a focus on healthy people and a healthier planet.
We need your support to help expand our two main programs:
K-12 Education – Working to provide teacher training, curriculum development, and field & outreach experiences
The Green Chemistry Commitment – Working directly with faculty, students, and administration to engage universities in taking leadership role in ensuring the next generation of professional chemists are able to be change agents for a more sustainable world.
Over the course of 6 years, Beyond Benign has reached over 17,500 students, teachers, and community members with its green chemistry outreach; more than 1,430 K-12 teachers have been trained, and 100 college students have served as Green Chemistry Outreach Fellows.
Join us in transforming chemistry education!
Help us to reach our goal of $25,000 so can can continue to provide programming at no cost to students and teachers.
- $100 supports 30 students for a field trip to Beyond Benign’s classroom.
- $250 supports a day of classroom visits to a K-8 schools and hands-on lab investigations for up to 75 students.
- $450 supports 1 teacher to take a green chemistry course online. Each teacher trained means 100 students per year gain the benefit of green chemistry education.
- $500 supports a day of classroom visits for 120 high school students to experiment with hands-on green chemistry labs.
- $1500 supports green chemistry training on-site for 1 teacher.
- $3000 sponsors a college Fellow for 1 academic year working at Beyond Benign and performing outreach in the community. Past Fellows have come from Gordon College, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Tufts University, and others.