Find out about upcoming NESSE meetings and events as well as related conferences below.

25th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E)

June 14 – 18, 2020 Online

This year’s conference will be also virtual and registration fees are super accessible!.  The Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference, hosted by the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute, has been a meeting ground for advancing sustainable science and solutions since 1997. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Systems-Inspired Design”.

Register and preview the program

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All Members Meeting

June 21st, 2020

We are hoping to build some buzz in the membership around the GC&E conference (June 15-19) and welcome you to join the board for a meeting on June 21st at 15:30 UTC. The meeting will be locked with a password for protection. See the membership digest for more information!

NESSE Meeting
Sun, Jun 21, 2020 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E)

June 15 – 19, 2020 Online

This year’s conference will be virtual and registration is free for all attendees.  The Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference, hosted by the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute, has been a meeting ground for advancing sustainable science and solutions since 1997. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Systems-Inspired Design”.

Register and preview the program

Join NESSE member Laura Reyes and Natalie O’Neil at their Careers in Green Chemistry and Engineering Session on Thursday, June 18th from 1:00-4:30 PM EDT in Room Indium. A live discussion on leveraging technical and non-technical skills unique to the green chemistry and engineering community will be hosted from 3:50 – 4:30 PM EDT.

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My Green Lab Sustainability Summit

March 5th: 5-7 PM UTC/GMT, 9-11 AM PST, 12-2 PM EST

We are rebroadcasting My Green Lab’s first annual sustainability summit for scientists, by scientists
The summit will feature:

  • A conversation about the top five things you can do to reduce the environmental impact of your lab
  • A presentation by an inspiring grad student who transformed her lab – and is in the process of transforming her campus – to be more sustainable
  • An in-depth discussion on recycling, including what can be recycled and what happens to recyclables after you put them in the recycling bin

We will be taking live questions from the audience via the broadcast, so come prepared to ask anything and everything about sustainability in your lab.  Additional details about the event can be found on our Eventbrite page and the full abstracts of the presentations can be found below.  We hope to see you there!

The Top Five Ways to Reduce the Environmental Impact of your Lab
There are so many opportunities for conservation in the lab it can be hard to know what to focus on.  This presentation will address the top five most impactful actions you can take right now to make your lab more sustainable.  Case studies and savings estimates will be presented for each recommended action.  During the discussion, participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and recommendations as well – if you’ve found an innovative way to reduce energy, water, or waste in your lab we’d love to hear about it!

Presented by:  Erika Daley, former Program Manager, My Green Lab, Current NESSE  Sustainable Science Groups Director

A Grassroots Movement: Inspiring Sustainable Change in Laboratories at Virginia Tech
There are challenges to adopting sustainable practices in established laboratories. Some of the highest impact changes a laboratory can make to decrease their environmental impact involve big spending, such as upgrading to energy efficient equipment. While this is easy for a new research group that is still setting up its laboratory, large spending on new equipment is almost out of the question for groups who have already invested considerable resources in equipment. Other green actions require significant behavior change, something that is again difficult for a lab set in their ways and experiencing constant personal turnover with no established system for maintaining a sustainable space. In the face of these challenges, there is still opportunity for high-impact actions to occur in established labs. At Virginia Tech, an institution with no official green lab program, one lab took the lessons and resources provided by lab sustainability groups, such as My Green Lab, and transformed into a certified green lab. This transformation was done in less than one year, with no additional spending and with the leadership of only one graduate student. Simple actions, such as reorganizing the existing equipment to be plugged into power strips or unplugged all together were done, along with more complex, cultural changes, such as shifting the behavior of light usage. Eventually, after much conversation and one powerful news article, the green lab actions of this one single lab caught the attention of more people on campus, leading to a grassroots green lab program. How exactly did these changes happen in the lab and across campus? Join us for an interactive seminar about student-driven, green lab activism and making big changes with very little resources.

Presented by:  Ellen B. Garcia, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

 Recycling 101

Recycling can be confusing, especially in the lab. This session will provide an overview of the whats and hows of recycling. We’ll discuss the difference between single stream and source separated programs, what happens after you put something in the bin, and why some materials can’t be recycled at all. Come prepared with your toughest recycling questions and we’ll do our best to give you the right answer.

Presented by:  Tonya Randall, Program Manager, More Recycling

Science for Sustainable Developement: Early-Career Leaders Day 

19th September 2018, Radcliffe, University of Warwick

The Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists & Engineers (NESSE) has partnered with the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, Innovative Manufacturing Global Research Priority and Sustainable Cities Global Research Priority (University of Warwick, UK), to organise the 2nd Science for Sustainable Development: Early-career Leaders Day to be held on 19th September in Coventry, UK.

About the workshop

This day will bring together early-career scientists and professionals from different domains to share ideas about how they can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The event will focus on the collaborative development of ideas through workgroups, offering an ideal environment to build connections with other young leaders. Attendees will be encouraged to think creatively about tackling global challenges in an interdisciplinary, integrative approach. Skills development workshops will help early-career leaders to develop the skill set required to grow and maximise their professional impact.
The event will take place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the 19th September, at the Radcliffe Conference Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry. After the professional programme, attendees will have an opportunity to socialise at a nearby pub to further develop their connections.

Thanks to support from the University of Warwick, there is no charge to attend the workshop, which will include lunch and refreshments, but attendees will need to cover their own travel costs.

This event has limited vacancies, so participation is conditioned to availability. Participants will be also selected according to personal statements included with in the registration.

Click here to register and learn more!

NESSE Short Course on Starting a Sustainable Science Group
Starting date tbc
Online, final dates to be determined by registrants’ availability. Sign up now to register your interest.

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