Student Members of the American Chemical Society at Augusta University awarded the ACS Green Chemistry Award for demonstrating how to apply the principles of Green Chemistry.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at Augusta University has been selected to receive a Green Chemistry Award for its activities conducted during the 2018-2019 academic year. The green chemistry award has become a sought after, yet elusive, accolade for many ACS student chapters. While chapters were being reviewed for this year’s reports, Augusta University's green chemistry activities stood out and clearly demonstrated an understanding and embracing of green chemistry principles. Some of the activities that we have done in the past to promote green chemistry include our Earth Day events where we demonstrated the use of green, sustainable, natural dyes for use in dying t-shirts. The club made a blue dye by pouring black beans into a soaking pot and filled it to the top with water. After 24 hours, the water is a somewhat murky blue/purple color from the dye of the beans. While they were tie-dying their shirts, members of the chem club discussed the principles of green chemistry that they were applying in this process. The chemistry club traditionally host at least two student led seminars every academic year that discusses what green chemistry is and how it is applied. Currently and in the future, the club strives to continue to spread the message of green chemistry by hosting various seminars and events on the campus of Augusta University. However, this academic year, we also have plans of having at least one community event to held educate the importance of following the guidelines expressed in the 12 principles of green chemistry.