Green Chemistry

Green chemistry is a worldwide initiative to prevent pollution through designing chemicals and improving chemical processes that avoid the creation of toxins and waste. A sustainable world underlies these principles that benefit the economy, people, and the planet by reducing waste, conserving energy, and discovering replacements for hazardous substances.

At Belhaven, the chemistry department has revamped the chemistry labs to model the Green Chemistry principles, especially in the Organic labs. Students learn about the tools to assess the health and environmental risks of the chemical processes they are using. In learning to be more conscience, they choose their options more wisely.