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Fantastic online videos for students and teachers on subjects such as: Astronomy, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, U.S. History, World History, Economics, and U.S. Government and Politics. Read More

The Molecular Basis of Sustainability

Chemists uniquely understand how to manipulate matter. Chemists have been responsible for deeply understanding the material world and how it functions. More importantly, perhaps, they have also played a significant role in creating the material basis of our society and economy. Building on this unique role in society, current chemists are faced with a pressing question: how we can preserve and increase the pace of innovation fundamentally supported and enhanced by the chemical sciences while not adversely affecting human health and the environment? There is substantial evidence to suggest that this is not a genuine conundrum and that evidence is found in the field of green chemistry. Read More


Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery. Read More

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Discovery in Action

Every day, people at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are changing the world for the better. One scientist . . . connecting with other scientists . . . dedicating their life’s work to unraveling complex challenges in energy, the environment and national security. We are the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) premier chemistry, environmental science and data analytics national laboratory. For 50 years we have applied our expertise in these and other science areas to ensure we all breathe cleaner air, travel more safely through airports, drive more efficient automobiles and much more. Far into the future our researchers will continue to push the boundaries of science and advance innovations that will continue to improve billions of lives. Read More

Green Chemistry Modules

At the University of Scranton we have been awarded a grant from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences to develop modules in green chemistry to insert into existing courses across the college chemistry curriculum. On June 26, 2000 Daryle Busch, president of the American Chemical Society said “Green chemistry represents the pillars that hold up our sustainable future. It is imperative to teach the value of green chemistry to tomorrow’s chemists.” We believe that it is very important that university students be exposed to real-world, state-of-art examples of green chemistry (environmentally benign chemistry) in the mainstream courses that they encounter in a typical college chemistry curriculum. Many industries are now practicing green chemical principles. Those students who are versed in green chemistry will be most attractive to these industries, and will be able to foster the practice of green chemistry in these industries, and initiate the practice and discussion of green chemistry throughout industry and academia. It is our hope that these modules will make it simple, attractive and easy for other instructors to infuse green chemistry into the courses they teach Read More

Cleaning up with Atom Economy

Cleaning up the environment and, more importantly, preventing pollution are important issues in today’s world. The theme for the 2002 National Chemistry Week was “Chemistry Keeps Us Clean.” While the chemical industry is traditionally viewed more as a cause than a solution to pollution, chemistry does offer unique solutions in the area of waste prevention. One of the most fundamental of these solutions is the application of the green chemistry principle of atom economy to chemical reactions. Atom economy moves the practice of minimizing waste to the molecular level. Traditionally, chemists have focused on maximizing yield, minimizing the number of steps or synthesizing a completely unique chemical. Green chemistry and atom economy introduce a new goal into reaction chemistry: designing reactions so that the atoms present in the starting materials end up in the product rather than in the waste stream. This concept provides a framework for evaluating different chemistries, and an ideal to strive for in new reaction chemistry. Read More

Determination of the Fundamental Electronic Charge via the Electrolysis of Water

The allure of universal physical constants is unmistakable. Membership in this set is reserved for only the most fundamental data in science. To the novice student, these entities often appear more metaphysical than physical; experimentally inaccessible abstractions, frequently confined by orders of magnitude to either the realm of the quantum (e.g. the electronic charge and Planck’s constant) or the cosmological (e.g., the speed of light and the universal gravitational constant). It was the intention, therefore, of the AP Chemistry class at our school to demystify one small component of the scientific data bank by designing and executing an experiment sensitive enough to determine, within acceptable accuracy, the value of one of nature’s theoretical building blocks, and simple enough to be conducted in a typical secondary school laboratory. The electronic charge was selected because of its ubiquitous application in chemistry and the elegance of the experimental system. Read More

Welcome to Nanoscience: Interdisciplinary Environmental Explorations, Grades 9–12

Welcome to Nanoscience introduces nanotechnology through investigations of groundwater and is targeted for use in high school Biology, Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science Classes. The curriculum consists of a set of nano-science lessons which can be taught as stand alone lessons or as a whole curriculum. Taken as a whole, the materials span approximately three weeks of in-class instructional activities. The curriculum booklet includes several introductory chapters that provide background on nano-scale science and technology. Each classroom-tested, inquiry-based investigation follows the BSCS 5E Instructional Model and includes step-by-step instructions, materials lists, and data charts. Teachers may choose to use individual lessons or adopt the book in its entirety. Welcome to Nanoscience helps biology, chemistry, and Earth and environmental science teachers at the secondary level introduce the science behind nanotechnology into their curriculum. The authors begin with historical background, include tips on how to use the book, and lessons are mapped to National Science Education Standards. The book provides a unique framework for the study of nano-scale science through environmental science, specifically groundwater pollution. Read More

MITvideo: Earth System Initiative

The MIT Earth System Initiative is a research and educational enterprise that cuts across environmentally-oriented disciplines such as geology, atmospheric science, oceanography, biology, chemistry, and environmental engineering. The MIT Video website aggregates and curates video produced by the Institute’s offices, laboratories, centers and administration. This includes feature and editorial videos, event recordings, academic content and more. Read More

SciTech Connect

SciTech Connect is a portal to free, publicly-available DOE-sponsored R&D results including technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia and data information. SciTech Connect is a consolidation of two core DOE search engines, the Information Bridge and the Energy Citations Database. SciTech Connect incorporates all of the R&D information from these two products into one search interface. SciTech Connect was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) to increase access to science, technology, and engineering research information from DOE and its predecessor agencies. Read More


EERL's mission is to be the best possible online collection of environmental and energy sustainability resources for community college educators and for their students. The resources are also available for practitioners and the public.


EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

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