2. PRINCIPLES OF GREEN CHEMISTRY AND GREEN ENGINEERING

  1. Anne E. Marteel-Parrish1 and
  2. Martin A. Abraham2

Published Online: 31 JAN 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118720011.ch2

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

How to Cite

Marteel-Parrish, A. E. and Abraham, M. A. (2013) PRINCIPLES OF GREEN CHEMISTRY AND GREEN ENGINEERING, in Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. doi: 10.1002/9781118720011.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemistry, Washington College

  2. 2

    College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Youngstown State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 JAN 2014
  2. Published Print: 28 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470413265

Online ISBN: 9781118720011

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Keywords:

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
  • green chemistry;
  • green engineering;
  • Julie Zimmerman;
  • Paul Anastas;
  • sustainability

Summary

Green chemistry focuses on the design of chemical products to minimize their inherent hazard, using fundamental principles of chemistry. This chapter summarizes 12 principles of green chemistry with examples for each. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines green engineering as “the design, commercialization, and use of processes and products that are feasible and economical while minimizing (1) generation of pollution at the source and (2) risk to human health and the environment”. The chapter also lists 12 principles of green engineering as proposed by Paul Anastas and Julie Zimmerman. The idea of sustainability goes beyond the engineering and science associated with green chemistry and engineering, to incorporate social/health and economic factors into the discussion of the most appropriate technologies to implement. Because sustainability is built on the aggregation of billions of individual choices, it is vitally important that all of society understands the trade-offs associated with these choices.