CHE Science Cafe: A Conversation with Elizabeth Grossman, author of Chasing Molecules

January 19, 2010
1:00 pm US Eastern Time

Slides & Resources

Update: On the call with Elizabeth Grossman on January 19, 2010 several additional resources were mentioned that may be of interest to call participants and those who were unable to make the call.

Beyond Benign
Beyond Benign hosts academic outreach programs, fellowships for young people and works on curriculum development related to green chemistry.

Advancing Green Chemistry
AGC seeks to tip the balance in favor of broad support for—and wide adoption of—green chemistry.

Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Established in April 2005 as a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Project is dedicated to helping ensure that as nanotechnologies advance, possible risks are minimized, public and consumer engagement remains strong and the potential benefits of these new technologies are realized.

Green Production Action
CPA's mission is to design and deliver strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials and envrionmentally friendly products.

Remarks by David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor For Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Going Green Workshop
Making Green Jobs Safe: Integrating Occupational Safety and Health into Green and Sustainability, December 16, 2009

Additional Resources

Press release for Chasing Molecules

December 30, 2009: Environment: Invasion of the Little Green Molecules by Elizabeth Grossman IPS

December 3, 2009: Cloudy with a chance of toxics: How climate change is increasing our vulnerability to chemical pollution, by Elizabeth Grossman, Climate Progress

December, 2009: Chasing Molecules named a "Top Ten Sci-Tech Book" by Booklist magazine

November 23, 2009: Swimmers, Hoppers and Fliers: How Do Toxic Chemicals Move Around the Planet, by Elizabeth Grossman Scientific American, includes an excerpt from Chasing Molecules

November 14, 2009: Fat, Stupid, Impotent and Dangerous: The Future without Green Chemistry, by Elizabeth Grossman, Huffington Post

Listen to Recording

grossman book coverKnown for her book High Tech Trash, an expose of the electronic waste industry, Elizabeth Grossman’s new book, Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry, reveals the dangers and the extent of the chemicals that are found in everyday products such as BPA, perfluorinated compounds, brominated flame retardants and phthalates, and offers up hope for a future without them.

With Chasing Molecules, Grossman reveals that we can do better; that we can make materials that we have come to rely on with chemicals that have been tested to be safe and are in fact “benign by design.” In a radical departure from how synthetic chemistry has been practiced, Grossman suggests that green chemistry should be used to create new materials for use in everything from sippy cups to carpets.

CHE Director Elise Miller moderated this conversation with Grossman

Participants on this call can purchase Grossman's book at a 20% discount by going to www.chasingmolecules.org and entering discount code 5EGCM.