The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence strongly believes in the importance of raising awareness of green chemistry in school children and the general public. The Centre has a proven track record of preparing and delivering high quality promotional and awareness activities. Staff and students at the Centre regularly participate in outreach activities for the general public and school children including:
- Developing educational websites (www.greener-industry.org.uk and www.sustain-ed.org);
- Organising exhibitions, for example, at the Royal Society, Royal Institution and National Science Week;
- Delivering school and public lectures;
- Participating in BBC Radio broadcasts;
- Running workshops at careers events and training courses for teachers;
- Writing publications for educational journals.
The Centre recently developed an exhibition on green chemistry and consumer products with help from Boots, Glasgow Science Centre, @Bristol and the EPSRC (see below).
Fabs the Frog - Discover and Explore Green Consumer Products
The Discover and Explore Green Consumer Products project was launched in January 2008 with funding from the EPSRC Partnerships for Public Engagement (PPE) scheme.
The project team is a partnership between the Green Chemistry Network, Boots, @Bristol and Glasgow Science Centre. The team have developed a hands-on and informative kiosk to be hosted at the science centres using touch screen technology to explore a number of everyday products, the science behind them and the steps that can be taken to improve their sustainability through the application of green chemistry.
Throughout this activity, Fabs the Green Chemist will get you thinking about how the products you enjoy as part of everyday life can effect the environment. By looking at how these products are made, what’s inside them and how they are used, he’ll show you how green chemistry can improve them so they’re better for the planet, and us.
If you would be interested in learning more about the outreach activities of the Centre, or are interested in working with us regarding a public engagement activity please contact Louise Summerton at email@example.com.
Copyright Jim Poyner © Science Trail 2nd April 2009
Green Consumer Products Website
An outreach activity developed in collaboration with and support from Boots the Chemist. The website is designed to highlight the role and function of chemicals in everyday consumer products and to increase awareness of the importance of green chemistry and sustainability (http://www.greenconsumerproducts.co.uk