Thoughts for Promoting Green Chemistry

Jeffrey Whitford, Sigma-Aldrich

Behavior change in the lab, how do you change it to encourage the adoption and implementation of green chemistry to reduce the environmental footprint of research? Driven by the experience of trying to encourage the adoption of green chemistry, MilliporeSigma has taken a new approach and partnered with non-profit partners to collaborate with higher education institutions to institute green chemistry curriculum as part of their core curriculum. That change is also accelerated with information and data. Through programs like our Ech2o water cartridge recycling program and our Sustainability Dashboard Program hear how we're empowering scientists, researchers and institutions to reduce their environmental footprint through the utilization of data.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what steps can be taken by both the lab personnel and their chemical provider.
  • What hurdles will be faced by each?
  • How extensive is this initiative?
  • How does this support energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in a lab?


Jeffrey Whitford joined Sigma-Aldrich in 2005 and since that time has served in a variety of positions including the company's first-ever head of Global Citizenship. After the acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in 2015 he was named Head of Corporate Responsibility for the Life Science business and recently the Head of Branding. In his latest role, Whitford is responsible for developing and implementing strategic programs designed to enhance MilliporeSigma's position as a global leader in green chemistry, product recycling, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. He works to integrate sustainable development concepts into the strategic plans for the business.


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