Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship Online Certificate Program

This 3-course program is intended to give graduates the tools to make a difference and find success by learning to design safer chemicals and industrial processes. Businesses are facing increasing market and regulatory pressures to use less toxic chemicals in their manufacturing processes and products, and are in need of professionals who can provide innovative solutions and more sustainable substitutes. 67% of global executives agree that sustainability strategies are necessary to be competitive.*

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This certification program is endorsed by the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4)


REGISTER TODAY! - The 2020-2021 program begins September 28, 2020


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Learning Objectives

Intended Audience

Recommended Prerequisites

Complimentary Information Sessions

Program Structure 

Program Instructors




During this 3-course program, we will explore:

  • The 12 guiding principles of green chemistry
  • Business drivers and barriers to implementing sustainable practices
  • Frameworks for incorporating chemical toxicity and human health considerations into product design, material selections, and supply chain decision-making
  • Environmental, economic, and societal benefits of green chemistry
  • Latest research and regulatory developments in the field
  • New tools for chemical design and methods for comparative chemical hazard assessments



The Green Chemistry and Chemical Stewardship Certificate Program is intended for:

  • Engineers, chemists, and materials scientists
  • Environmental product managers
  • Supply chain decision-makers
  • Risk management researchers
  • Product stewardship professionals
  • Safety and health professionals
  • Graduate level students in related fields
  • Educators (high school through college level)
  • Legal professionals
  • Building designers and architects
  • Environmental and other sciences professionals in industry, labor, academia, and non-government organizations

 “This is the only program in the nation that takes green chemistry, toxicology, and business and puts them together to develop models and tools to make change in industry.”

- Grace Lasker, PhD, CHES, CN Director of Health Studies, University of Washington Bothell and Course Instructor



Material in the program is intended for individuals who have:

  • A 4-year degree
  • At least 1 year of relevant work or graduate-level education experience
  • A fundamental knowledge of chemistry, equivalent to a basic college-level chemistry course



Sign up for a Complimentary Information Session bellow! All information sessions are held via webinar and will allow for question and answer time with instructors, program coordinators, and past students. All registered participants will receive a link to the session recording following the session.

Upcoming 2020 complementary information sessions:

April 2, 2020  |  5:30pm-6:15pm Pacific Time - View the Recording

May 14, 2020  |  10:00am-10:45am Pacific Time - Register for Free!

June 5, 2020  |  12:00pm-12:45pm Pacific Time - Register for Free!


2019 information session recordings:

April 12, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am Pacific Time  - Watch the Recording!

May 30, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm Pacific Time - Watch the Recording!

July 9, 2019 | 5:30-6:30pm Pacific Time - Watch the Recording!


2018 information session recordings:

April 20, 2018 | 10:00-11:00am Pacific Time with Pam Eliason  - Listen to Recording

May 30, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm Pacific Time with Karolina Mellor  - Listen to Recording

July 10, 2018 | 5:30-6:30pm Pacific Time with Grace Lasker - Listen to Recording


2017 information session recordings:

April 18, 2017 Recorded Info session with Grace Lasker (general info, format, interactions w instructors)

May 23, 2017 Recorded Info session with Rick Morgan (technical info, assessment tools, specific skills/training)

July 11, 2017 Recorded Info session with Karolina Mellor



This program is comprised of 3 courses, successful completion of all courses is required to earn a certificate. Courses may be taken a la carte by individuals who are not looking to earn a certificate at this time. Program participants may register for all 3 courses at one time, or register 2 weeks before the start of each course. 


COURSE I: Sustainability, Toxicology, and Human Health

September 28, 2020 - December 11, 2020 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5

Overview of fundamental principles of toxicology, human health, and material science. Participants will review their own business’ sustainability drivers and barriers while investigating the health and environmental hazards that contribute to human disease.


COURSE II: Principles of Green Chemistry

January 4, 2021 - March 12, 2021 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5

Fundamental principles of green chemistry, including the human and ecological reasons for considering less toxic alternatives and the various green applications to chemical design. overview of new tools and cutting edge research for the design of 21st century chemicals that minimize hazards to health and the environment.


COURSE III: Assessment Tools for Safer Chemical Decisions

March 29, 2021 - June 4, 2021 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5

Decision-making tools and methods used for comparative chemical hazard assessments. Participants will have an opportunity to use these tools through the completion of a culminating project.


Program FAQ:

Q: How much time should I expect to spend on this program?

A: You can expect to spend 5-10 hours per week during each of the 10-week courses of this online program. The course content modules are unlocked in advance, giving you the flexibility to work at your own pace through each of the two-week modules.

Q: How long has this program been running?

A: The certificate program is entering its fourth year. The course direction, curriculum, and content was developed over 9 months, fall 2014 to spring 2015, with an Advisory Board including industry leaders such as REI and Boeing, governmental agencies, UW faculty, sustainability professionals and NGOs. After each year, the instructors revisit the course curriculum and continue to hone course content and add emerging tools and best practices.

Q: Can I take the 3 program courses in any order?

A: The three courses have been designed to build on each other but you can take each course a la carte. Completion of all three courses is required to receive the final certificate. You have the flexibility to register for one or all three of the courses at one time giving you additional flexibility. Registration is required two weeks in advance of the first day of the course.

A: How available are the instructors for additional questions or help?

Q: Our instructors look forward to interacting with our program participants. The online learning environment includes message boards where the instructors can answer any questions. Generally, the instructors are available within 24-48 hours.



Registration is open now for all courses! You must successfully complete all 3 courses to graduate from the certificate program. Individuals may register for courses a la carte, but will not receive a certificate without successful completion of all 3.

Cost: $910/course

Tip: To register for all 3 courses in one transaction add all courses to your shopping cart, then click "check out".

Register before September 19, 2020

Register before December 26, 2020

Register before March 20, 2021



Pam Eliason

Senior Associate Director, Industry Research Program Manager, Toxics Use Reduction Institute, University of Massachusetts Lowell

In addition to her role in the Toxics Use Reducation Institute, Pam manages the Industry Incentive Grants program, which helps Massachusetts companies create opportunities for enhanced toxics use reduction, and to demonstrate cleaner technologies to their industry peers. Ms. Eliason was a lead researcher and author of the Institute’s Five Chemicals Alternatives Assessment Report, which was commissioned by the Massachusetts Legislature to evaluate the availability of technically and economically feasible safer alternatives to five specified chemicals. As part of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse, an interagency collaboration between a number of states including Massachusetts, Maine, New York, California and Washington, Ms. Eliason is leading the effort to develop a safer alternatives assessment protocol designed to promote industry adoption of safer chemicals and incorporate the principles of green chemistry.

Recorded Info Session with Pam Eliason


Karolina Mellor, PhD

Program Manager, Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering

While Dr. Mellor wears many hats at the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, her primary role is to lead educational efforts and translate research into teaching tools to educate diverse audiences in green chemistry, sustainability and safer chemical design. She designs online materials for students and professionals, develops interactive tools for teachers and students at the undergraduate and high school levels, and teaches Introduction to Green Chemistry along with Paul Anastas, the father of green chemistry. Mellor has a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Virginia, where she investigated resistance of feedstocks to various biotic and abiotic stresses.

Recorded Info Session with Karolina Mellor


Richard Morgan, MS

Senior Process Chemist, Modumetal

Richard Morgan is a senior process chemist at Modumetal, where he works with research, development and scale-up of metal coatings and surface-finishing processes of advanced nanotech coating systems. Previously, as a chemist at Boeing Defense, Space & Security and senior chemist at Aerojet Rocketdyne, Morgan developed and characterized aerospace propellants and fire suppression systems and maintained metal finishing and surface coatings for space vehicles. Since 2006, he has taught introductory chemistry classes at Lake Washington Technical College, advising on councils for energy and science technician and engineering technician degrees. Morgan is the principal for Rick Morgan Technical Consulting.

“Knowing which [selection] tools work best and knowing how to use them can be really effective in building the business case for chemical selection.”

- Rick Morgan, MS

Recorded Info Session with Rick Morgan


Nancy Simcox, MS

Lecturer, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Science, University of Washington

Director, Continuing Education, NW Center for Occupational Health and Safety

Affiliate Instructor, Nursing and Health Studies, University of Washington – Bothell

Nancy Simcox, MS, is a Lecturer and the Director of the Continuing Education Programs for the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. She develops and delivers research-based education programs for practicing professionals, including industrial hygienists, physicians, nurses, safety engineers and others in the environmental, health and safety field. Ms. Simcox has over 25 years of experience as a research industrial hygienist at both the UW Field Research and Consultation Group and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health, where she conducted workplace site visits; designed exposure assessment protocols for evaluation, intervention and research; and performed data reduction and statistical analysis for health-based research projects. Ms. Simcox is also an Affiliate Instructor, Nursing and Health Studies, University of Washington – Bothell.


Molly Breysse Cox, MA, PhD

Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking (CLST), Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Dr. Breysse Cox has over 20 years of change management work experience with Fortune 500 companies. This includes leadership positions in IT, Operations, Customer Service, Product Management, and Marketing. She joined the CLST team in 2014 as a Leadership Development Coach, member of the Game Team and Instructor for MGMT 300 in the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Dr. Breysse Cox has experience in transformational change projects including designing and deploying new technology, organizational change and leadership development. In addition she was chosen in 2008 as the recipient of Women in Technology International’s Leadership Award for leadership in support of women in IT.



We tapped the minds of top thinkers, doers, and leaders in the field to review content, guide design, and recommend updates to ensure this program offers the the highest quality learning experience and most up-to-date information.

Paul T. Anastas, Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

Joel Baker, Professor, UW Tacoma Center for Urban Waters Evan Beach, Program Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Yale University

Saskia van Bergen, Green Chemistry Scientist, Washington Department of Ecology

Ann Blake, Environmental and Public Health Consulting

Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach

Tania Busch Isaksen, Lecturer, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), Sustainable Technologies, Alternate Chemistry-Training and Education Center

McKay Caruthers, Program Manager, UW Professional and Continuing Education

Curt Fessler, Marketing Director, Construction Specialties, Inc

Grace Lasker, PhD, CHES, CN Director of Health Studies, University of Washington Bothell

Richard Morgan, Analytical Chemist, Modumetal

Nancy Simcox, Research Industrial Hygienist, UW DEOHS

David Simpkins, Safety Officer at CellNetix Pathology and Laboratories

Jill Stoddard Tepe, Co-Director, Green Lab Alliance

Matthew Thurston, Manager of Product & Supply Chain Sustainability, REI

Ronald Tubby, Senior Environmental Health & Safety Program Manager, Intel Corporation

Steve Whittaker, PhD, Public Health Researcher, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Public Health-Seattle & King County

Michael Yost, Professor and Chair, UW DEOHS