Creating Safer, More Sustainable Chemistry Labs

Erika Daley, My Green Lab

Despite the underlying fundamental reliance on chemistry innovations for a more sustainable future, undergraduate chemistry teaching laboratories still rely on traditional experiments that are resource-intensive and employ hazardous reagents.  The recently released ‘A Guide to Green Chemistry Experiments for Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Labs’ seeks to provide educators with a set of safer, greener alternative organic chemistry experiments to demonstrate key transformations at the undergraduate level.  This presentation will focus on how to use the guide to educate the next generation of scientists to design experiments with sustainability in mind, and how to use it as a resource for innovation and best practices in research labs.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the environmental impact of current chemistry experiments and the array of resources available to make these safer and more sustainable.
  • To learn about a new resource available to undergraduate organic chemistry teaching labs that introduces the principles of Green Chemistry and employs them in 10 different organic chemistry experiments.
  • To learn how the Guide to Green Chemistry Experiments for Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Labs as a universal resource for all chemistry labs, including research labs.
  • To gain an understanding of how to evaluate the safety and sustainability of chemistry experiments.


Erika manages My Green Lab’s programs throughout North America, including the Green Lab Certification program and the Green Chemistry Curriculum Guide. She has garnered experience in the design, implementation, and management of green labs programs in companies and universities throughout the US and Canada, to deliver safer, more efficient research and teaching spaces with a lower environmental impact.


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