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For Release: Friday, March 15, 2013

DEC Conducts Green Chemistry Workshop for Science Teachers in New York City

Event to Help Reduce Hazardous Materials in the Classroom

High school science teachers from New York City are invited to attend a hands-on training on the principles of green chemistry, provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, on March 21, 2013, at The Cooper Union in Manhattan, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

"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 fourth 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 three DEC green chemistry workshops were held in Liberty, Sullivan County; Loudonville, Albany County; and Stonybrook, Suffolk County. So far, more than 85 teachers have attended these green chemistry workshops.

The High School for Health Professions & Human Services, located in Manhattan, was chosen by DEC as New York City's green chemistry candidate school based on 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 New York City green chemistry workshop can be directed to: greenchemistryinschools@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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