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Department of Environmental Conservation to hold workshop for science teachers

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a public research university in Stony Brook on the North Shore of Long Island, and ranked in the top 100 public universities by the U.S. News & World Report, with about 25,000 students enrolled. (July 26, 2012) Credit: Brittany Wait

To help science teachers go green, the state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a training workshop Feb. 1 at Stony Brook University.

The workshop was rescheduled from November because of superstorm Sandy.

The goal of the workshop, which is aimed at high school teachers, is to train educators how to teach students about eco-friendly practices — by using eco-friendly practices.

“By implementing green chemistry practices, teachers and students can take pride in learning about and conducting chemistry in an environmentally responsible way that reduces the amount of hazardous materials in the classroom,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said in a release.

The workshop will discuss the life cycle of lab chemicals used by students, chemical toxicology, sustainability, and the chemistry lab’s effects on the environment.

The workshop is free and will be at the Chemistry Building at Stony Brook.

The DEC has mounted two other green chemistry workshops with more than 60 teachers upstate as part of the agency’s Green Chemistry for New York State High Schools pilot program, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sachem East High School was also chosen to represent Long Island as the DEC’s green chemistry candidate school, because the school’s teachers told the DEC they were willing to implement green chemistry practices for one school year.

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