Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Introduction

  • Robert A. Meyers
  • Paul T. Anastas
  • Julie B. Zimmerman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_931


The goal of Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is to minimize waste, totally eliminate the toxicity of waste, minimize energy use, and utilize green energy (solar thermal, solar electric, wind, geothermal, etc.) – that is, non fossil fuel. Clearly, fossil fuels have their own waste and toxicity problems even though usually remote from the site of chemical production.

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Meyers
    • 1
  • Paul T. Anastas
    • 2
  • Julie B. Zimmerman
    • 3
  2. 2.Center for Green Chemistry and Green EngineeringYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Department of Chemical EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering Program Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA