2. PRINCIPLES OF GREEN CHEMISTRY AND GREEN ENGINEERING
Published Online: 31 JAN 2014
Copyright © 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Inc.
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
- Published Online: 31 JAN 2014
- Published Print: 28 OCT 2013
Print ISBN: 9780470413265
Online ISBN: 9781118720011
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
- green chemistry;
- green engineering;
- Julie Zimmerman;
- Paul Anastas;
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.