Science Song of the Week #55: Green chemistry

The latest recipients of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards have been announced.

Eliminating 199 million lb of hazardous chemicals and solvents, saving more than 21 billion gal of water, and avoiding 57 million lb of carbon dioxide emissions: Those are a few of the annual benefits derived from the technologies implemented by the past 82 winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Now, five new winners of the presidential award and two of an affiliated student award were crowned during a ceremony held on June 20 in Washington, D.C.

The competitive awards program, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency and sponsored in part by the American Chemical Society, provides national recognition for incorporating the principles of green chemistry and green engineering into the design, manufacture, and use of chemical products and processes to help achieve federal pollution-prevention goals.

As a further celebration of these green chemists, a happy song about green chemistry seems appropriate. The song is a parody of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

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