CU Boulder Efforts Aimed at Green Chemistry Education: Student Scholarships for an Online Green Chemistry Certificate and a Survey of Undergraduate Student Interest In Green Chemistry

Jackson Kistler, University of Colorado Boulder

Current chemistry students will be leading the laboratories and developing the products of the future; it is essential they are equipped with a mindset of sustainability. For engineers and other non-chemistry-majors, exposure to green chemistry is a valuable experience to take into the workplace. A survey of undergraduate students conducted within general and organic chemistry classes at CU Boulder found that the majority of students would be interested in green chemistry education and would like to see more green chemistry topics covered in existing courses. While we wait for those educational resources to become available and offered at CU Boulder, the CU Green Labs Program and the CU CHEMunity have partnered to offer CU Boulder students a scholarship opportunity to an online green chemistry education. The scholarship offers CU Boulder students interested in green chemistry the opportunity to become formally certified in green chemistry via online classes through The University of Washington. The flexible nature of the online classes means students can integrate the coursework into their existing schedules. This presentation will cover the results of our survey of undergraduate students and provide information on how we implemented our green chemistry scholarship, and how other universities could do the same.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the questions asked and the results of our green chemistry survey of students in general and organic chemistry classes;
  • Understand the response CU Boulder has received to the survey results, which found a strong interest in green chemistry education by undergraduate students;
  • Implement a system and find funding to provide students with a scholarship opportunity to online green chemistry education; and
  • Learn about the feedback received from two students who have completed the online Green Chemistry and Chemical Stewardship Online Certificate Program offered by the University of Washington.


Jackson Kistler is a third year student at CU Boulder studying aerospace engineering and astrophysics. He has been a student assistant for CU Green Labs since 2017 where he helps with the Green Chemistry Scholarship, designs posters, and helps coordinate recycling efforts.


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