Discover CleanTech, Issue 3, June 2022

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Discover CleanTech


The Role of Educational Institutions in the Cleantech Transformation

Creating a new generation of thinkers – and doers The transition towards a more sustainable, circular economy begins right back at the drawing board. Chemists, engineers, and eco-entrepreneurs are designing greener, safer, cleaner products, processes, and supply chains. Now, an increasing number of universities and schools are inspiring a new generation of expert innovators able to problem-solve, think creatively and critically, and help drive this systemic change around the globe. BY ANNA TURNS

In the UK, the Society of Cosmetic Scientists runs Scrub Up On Science courses for school children, while a teacher programme run by US not-for-profit Beyond Benign brings the subject of green chemistry to life in classrooms by creating content directly with teachers and embedding green chemistry education into science curriculums. Not only does this drive institutional change and help to create a workforce and scientific community that can expand on these green technological advances in the future, it equips all students to better understand the science behind the products they buy, and to become more eco-literate. 62 |

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With support from the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre, Isemar Cruz, a fashion designer who studied biotechnology engineering, and Jacqueline Cruz, an industrial engineer, have designed an innovative biomaterial that they hope will “disrupt the leather industry”. Photo: Leqara

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