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PETE DfE Alliance "Pollution Prevention in Chemistry Instruction Project." (Partnership for Environmental Technology Education Design for the Environment Alliance)

The PETE DfE Alliance described in the May issue of the Journal of Environmental Health is a Green Chemistry initiative. The "Pollution Prevention in Chemistry Instruction Program" will instill the principles of green chemistry in community college chemistry instructors and subsequently into tomorrow's chemists, chemical engineers and scientists. The Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) is partnering with two award winning university chemistry programs: Colorado State University (Ft. Collins, Colorado) and Merrimack College (North Andover, Massachusetts). These institutions will train PETE college chemistry faculty in Small-Scale and Microscale instructional techniques and Green Chemistry. The American Chemical Society (ASC) is assisting with promotion and program evaluation. Fifty faculty members were selected to participate in a two-week Small-Scale Inorganic Chemistry Workshop at Colorado State University and twenty-four to participate in a one-week workshop in Microscale Organic Chemistry at Merrimack College. Both workshops will be held in June 1997. Participating colleges will each year have the opportunity to submit proposals to become permanent small-scale or microscale training centers as part of a PETE national pollution prevention contract training network.


Small-Scale Inorganic Chemistry was developed by Dr. Stephen Thompson of Colorado State University to emphasize student learning through experimentation, reduce laboratory costs, reduce student exposure to toxic chemicals, and to improve pollution prevention and waste minimization. Small-Scale Chemistry is an innovative approach to teaching general chemistry based on creativity, invention, problem-solving, and authentic assessment using inquiry-based, hands-on, time-efficient, inexpensive and conservation-based experiments. Small-Scale Chemistry is rooted in the sound philosophy that students can take greater responsibility for their own learning and develop a deeper understanding of concepts by experiencing the process of discovery first-hand as researchers working in partnership with their peers and teachers.

Small-Scale Chemistry builds pollution prevention, waste minimization, and student safety at the design level rather than controlling it at the disposal stage. Drops of chemicals used as their own containers replace liters of hazardous waste in breakable glass-ware. The innovative use of high tech plasticware designed for genetics research reduces costs while maintaining safety and sophistication. Small-Scale Chemistry inherently manifests characteristics of the "Green Chemistry" movement by incorporating the principles and methodology of source reduction.


1. To select and train at least 150 community and technical college faculty from each of the PETE regions over a period of three years.

2. To establish a permanent network of 60 Small-Scale Inorganic Chemistry PETE Training Centers strategically located in the six PETE regions.

3. To provide start-up materials to each of the centers and to assist in the development and delivery of workshops and training.


The purpose of the Small-Scale Chemistry Summer Institute is to provide community and technical college instructors of general chemistry with the necessary skills, resources, and information to employ Small-Scale Laboratory techniques in their own classrooms. The Small-Scale Chemistry Training Seminar will be offered by Colorado State University Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (CSMATE) June 2-13, 1997. Participants will set up and work through a wealth of classroom Small-Scale laboratory experiments addressing environmental chemistry topics. Participants will also discover the innovative educational and conservative techniques that are not available in traditional chemistry experiments. Workshop participants will learn to:

* Embed environmental themes into general chemistry, allowing instructors to use environmental case studies, projects, and histories to teach chemistry in real problem solving situations.

* Effect dramatic reductions in chemical waste generation and potential environmental pollution, as well as operating cost savings for academic institutions across the United States.

* Demonstrate to the instructors how the Small-Scale philosophy, apparatus and techniques solve the problems associated with community and technical colleges such as cost, safety, time, waste disposal and related environmental considerations.

* Help colleges systematically change chemistry and instructional approaches so that they are in alignment with the new National Science Education Standards.

* Show other instructors, parents and administrators that the Small-Scale approach allows teachers and students to gain confidence in their ability to carry out investigative studies.


The Microscale Chemistry Program was developed by Dr. Mono Mohan Singh at Merrimack College, the home of the National Microscale Chemistry Center. The Center was established in January 1993 to promote the use of Microscale Chemistry as a means of eliminating chemical waste at the source. Its major goals are to develop alternative methods that reduce chemical waste, to disseminate the results by offering workshops and seminars and by publishing manuals and papers detailing these techniques and results.

Objectives of the Microscale Organic Chemistry Program which will be held at Merrimack College June 16-20, 1997 include:

* To select and train 24 lead faculty (four from each PETE region).

* To establish six Regional Microscale Chemistry Centers, one in each of the six PETE regions, to serve as demonstration and training sites. Each Center will be provided with the equipment necessary to establish a Microscale laboratory for 24 students.

* To equip and assist the Regional centers in developing and offering workshops to participants in the respective PETE regions. After the Small-Scale and Microscale Chemistry Workshops, the Center for Science, Mathematics & Technology Education at Colorado State University and the National Microscale Chemistry Center at Merrimack College will work with the participants to disseminate and infuse small-scale and microscale chemistry principles and techniques throughout high school, community college, college and university chemistry programs nationwide. This will be accomplished by the establishment of 20 regional Small-Scale Chemistry Centers and 6 Microscale Chemistry Centers on the participants" home campuses.

The techniques that have been developed by Colorado State University and Merrimack College are now utilized at colleges and universities nationwide at both large and small institutions. These techniques have resulted in significant cost savings to the chemistry programs. In addition, waste reductions in the range of 80-90% have easily been achieved. To get your communities high schools and colleges involved in small-scale and microscale chemistry contact the PETE DfE Program Manger.

For more information on the EPA DfE Green Chemistry projects contact: Paul Anastas or Tracy Williams, U.S. EPA, 401 M Street, SW (7406), Washington, DC 20460, phone: (202) 260-2257, FAX: (220) 260-0981, email:


The PETE network consists of six regional public-private partnerships serving all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories. Its partners include over 400 community and technical colleges - which represent almost one-third of the two-year institutions in the United States, and multiple businesses, industry and government agencies.


William Engel, Ph.D., Regional Executive Director TREEO Center, University of Florida 3900 SW 63rd Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608-3848 Phone: 352-392-9570, ext. 110, FAX: 352-392-6910 E-mail:

SOUTH CENTRAL PETE Lea Campbell, Regional Executive Director Lamar University, Port Arthur, PO Box 310, Port Arthur, Texas 77641 Phone: 409-984-6399, FAX: 409-984-6000 E-mail:

NORTHWEST PETE Gayle Yamasaki, Regional Executive Director 3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601 Phone: (541) 885-1615, FAX: (541) 885-1348 E-mail:

NORTH CENTRAL PETE Pat Berntsen, Regional Executive Director HMTRI, PO Box 2068, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406 Phone: 319-398-5677, FAX: 319-398-1250 E-mail:

WESTERN PETE Barbara Rohde, Regional Executive Director PO Box 214127, Sacramento, CA 95821-0127 Phone: 916-921-3365, FAX: 916-921-3365 E-mail:

NORTHEAST PETE Kirk Laflin, Regional Executive Director New England Interstate Environmental Training Center 2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106 Phone: 207-767-2539, FAX: 207-767-7174

The EPA DfE program works closely with industry, professional associations, academia, environmental and public interest groups, and other government agencies. One of EPA DfE's partners on the printing projects has been the Printers National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC). PNEAC was established in July 1995 as one of four EPA funded small business compliance assistance centers. PNEAC seeks to supplement and enhance services provided to printers by existing organizations. Accordingly, PNEAC improves the quality and accessibility of environmental information for trade associations and technical assistance providers, while also providing some information directly to printers. PNEAC addresses all printing technologies including lithography, screen printing, flexography and gravure.

The EPA Design for the Environment Program works closely with PNEAC in the development of project bulletins, seminars, case studies, and pollution prevention training materials. PETE is also working closely with PNEAC to develop additional P2 training manuals, conduct pollution prevention training for community and technical college graphics art instructors, and for providing down-link sites for the upcoming videoconference on December 9, 1997 -"Green and Profitable Printing 1997."

For more information on the EPA DfE Printing Projects contact:

EPA Printing Project Lead Stephanie Bergman U.S. EPA 401 M Street, SW (7406) Washington, DC 20460 (202) 260-1821 * (202) 260-0981 fax email:

Printers National Environmental Assistance Center University of Wisconsin - Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center, Room 532 610 Langdon St. * Madison, WI 53703 (608) 265-2361 * (608) 262-6250 fax email: PNEAC World Wide Web site:

Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association International (SGIA) 10015 Main Street * Fairfax, VA 22031 (703) 385-1335

Graphics Arts Technical Foundation 4615 Forbes Ave. * Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3796 (412) 621-3790 * (412) 621-3049 fax

For more specific information on the PETE-DfE Environmental Education and Training Alliance contact:

David Boon PETE-DfE Program Manger Front Range Community College 3645 West 112th Avenue Westminster, CO 80030 (303) 404-5259 * (303) 466-1623 fax email:

Paul Dickinson, Executive Director National PETE 6601 Owens Drive, Suite 235 Pleasanton, CA 94588 (510) 225-0669 * (510) 225-0679 fax email:

Shirley M. Howard EPA PETE Alliance Program Manager U.S. EPA 401 M Street, SW (7406) Washington, DC 20460 (202) 260-1874 * (202) 260-0981 fax email:
Training & Workshops

Regional PETE Workshops

Western PETE July 31-August 2

P2 Chemistry Workshops

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Small-Scale Inorganic Chemistry Workshop June 2-13

Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts
Microscale Organic Chemistry Workshop June 16-20

National Green Chemistry Conference June 23-27

P2 Automotive Instructor Training

Salt Lake City, UT July 21-24
Nashville State Technical College, TN August 11-12
Manatee Community College, FL August 14-15
North Central PETE August 18-22
South Central Pete August 25-29
PNEAC "Green and Profitable Printing 1997"
Teleconference December 9
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