Alliance Partner My Green Lab: Chemistry Made Safer and More Sustainable

Guest writer: Erika Daley, Program Manager, My Green Lab

Do you remember your first semester of organic chemistry? Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of the work you did in those labs?

Perhaps you working in an organic chemistry lab, or are teaching organic chemistry right now – have you thought about the impact of your experiments?  What if we could create lab spaces that were safer, more cost-effective, and had a reduced impact on the environment?

A new resource: A Guide to Green Chemistry Experiments for Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Labs is available for free. It includes:

  • 10 ‘drop-in’ experiment packages for undergraduate organic chemistry teaching labs
  • Greener alternative experiment(s) 
  • Traditional teaching experiment
  • TA guide
  • Example quiz questions

The substantial introduction section in the guide applies to all teaching and research laboratories. This includes greening common laboratory techniques, solvent and reagent substitution guides, ‘Green Chemistry 101’, and an explanation of the EH&S safety ranking system used within the guide. 

My Green Lab is a 501c3 non-profit with a mission to create a culture of sustainability through science. We envision a world in which all of the life-saving drug discoveries and cutting-edge materials that chemists design in the world around us are made in a way that follows the principle of ‘do no harm’. 

The guide was developed in partnership with Beyond Benign, a 501c3 non-profit focused on green chemistry education, and with support from Millipore Sigma. To learn more about the guide, watch the webinar we gave with Beyond Benign.

We hope you find this guide to be a useful, enlightening resource! For questions or inquiries please contact