For Release: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
DEC Schedules Green Chemistry Workshop for Science Teachers on Long Island
Event to Help Reduce Hazardous Materials in the Classroom
High school science teachers from Long Island are invited to attend a "hands-on" training on the principles of green chemistry, provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), on February 1, 2013 at SUNY at Stonybrook's Chemistry Building (Suffolk County), DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. Due to the severe effects from Superstorm Sandy, this event was rescheduled from its original date of November 6, 2012.
"By implementing green chemistry practices, teachers and students can take pride in learning about and conducting chemistry in an environmentally responsible way that reduces the amount of hazardous materials in the classroom," Commissioner Martens said. Using green chemistry encourages teachers and students to consider the life cycle of the chemicals they work with and promotes awareness of chemical toxicology, focusing on sustainability and how actions in the chemistry lab can impact the environment.
This is the third green chemistry workshop offered to science teachers as part of the DEC's Green Chemistry for New York State High Schools pilot program, which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The previous two DEC green chemistry workshops were held in Liberty, Sullivan County and in Loudonville, Albany County. To date, more than 60 teachers have attended the green chemistry workshops.
As part of DEC's pilot project to advance green chemistry at New York State's schools, Sachem East High School located in Farmingville, in Suffolk County, was chosen to represent Long Island as DEC's green chemistry candidate school. This choice was based on a chemical management needs assessment and the science teachers' willingness to embrace and implement green chemistry practices in their classroom laboratories for one school year.
For additional information about DEC's Green Chemistry for New York's High Schools program, visit DEC's website. Inquiries about the Long Island green chemistry workshop can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.