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May 13, 2010, University of Oregon
Special student seminar by Eric Beckman from the University of Pittsburgh

Presentation Title: Challenges for students of green chemistry & design

Green design has, over the past decade, become very much a part of the toolkit for those creating the next generation of products and services. This has become the case for those of us who work at the molecular level (chemists) as well as those who operate at length scales of meters (architects). At the same time, today’s green designers face some substantial challenges if we want to continue, or even enhance, the pace at which green design advances. For example, while much attention is focused on green material design, it is often the additive package to materials (e.g., flame retardants, plasticizers, preservatives) rather than the material itself that causes environmental issues. Additives are produced, by and large, outside the US, and additive design is not considered a terribly glamorous field, meaning that progress to date has been slow. Moving to longer length scales, while improvements in new home construction have allowed for dramatic drops in energy usage, the means by which the energy load of existing homes is reduced have not changed measurably in decades, despite the fact that these existing homes (and commercial buildings) consume a sizable fraction of our nation’s electricity. This talk will present a number of pressing issues for today’s students of green design, showing how collaborations between disparate disciplines will be needed to make significant breakthroughs.

May 4, 2010 - Eugene, Oregon
Campus visit by Chip Walter from Carnegie Mellon

Chip Walter is interested in working with us to create an introductory, on-line, green product design course that integrates chemistry, product design, communications and business. Chip has been building an interactive learning site for green science that I think has some unique features.

Chip Walter Background.docx

April 1, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
UO Leadership Summit "A vision for a sustainable economy"

March 8, 2010 at 6pm to March 9, 2010 at 5pm – The Edgewater Hotel, Seattle, WA
Elements of the New Economy: Green Chemistry in the Pacific Northwest
A MEETING FOR FUNDERS-- Please join us for a special briefing for funders to explore Green Chemistry and its current and future contributions to the Pacific Northwest’s economy.
Organized by The Bullitt Foundation, Kendeda Fund, Health and Environmental Funders Network, Advancing Green Chemistry, Environmental Health Sciences

February 24, 2010 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm – 150 Columbia Hall
Is Prosperity Incompatible With Posterity?
The Oregon Humanities Center invites you to the 2009-10 Clark Lecture in the Humanities by Denis Hayes. Hayes is President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, and the first National Coordinator of Ear…
Organized by Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, and the Clark Honors College

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