You are invited to attend the inaugural talk of the Macdonald Campus Agora Speaker Series, a student-run event connecting students and leaders from myriad fields to discuss some of the most pressing issues in contemporary society. Talks will feature speakers from a variety of different sectors including academia, government, non-government, private sector, and civil society to connect with the McGill community. The first speaker, Dr. Paul Anastas, Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University, who is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry
The history of the field of green chemistry is being written everyday in the lab notebooks and the scientific journals. But the impact of the basic science goes far beyond the basic research to impact the lives and well-being of the living things of the planet. The work of green chemistry will be a significant factor in whether or not we stay on the unsustainable trajectory that we are on as a civilization. With that in mind, what becomes the essential elements for the work of green chemistry. Is it simply to make existing products and processes more efficient and less wasteful? If it's something more than that, then how do we identify the "True North" and what is the path forward?