Theme: Environmental Education

Friday, April 7th

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and Founder

For materials from nature to become human-designed products, they have to undergo multiple transformations in processes of assembly and disassembly. Atoms combine to make molecules; molecules combine to make materials; and we humans assemble and disassemble nature’s products to form molecules and materials that we then recombine to create our artifacts and products, but, unfortunately, most of what we produce is fundamentally unsustainable and dangerously incompatible with living systems. However, one of the founding progenitors of the entire field of “green chemistry,” John Warner, will explain that by using the principles and practices of the discipline he helped birth, we can embrace and emulate nature’s “materials metabolism” to create the products we need without endangering the web of life. By reimagining how we design and build, we can create a new materials economy that is truly in harmony with nature.

April 7th | 11:17 am to 11:38 am | Zellerbach Hall


Introduced by

Kenny Ausubel
CEO and Founder


John Warner
Green Chemistry

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” –Albert Einstein

This panel will explore the evolving field of Green Chemistry and explore ways in which chemistry education can become more adaptive so that new ideas can raise the level of consciousness in the entire field. Systemic change in chemistry education is essential if we are going to be able to better prepare scientists with the tools and understanding they will need to genuinely address sustainability at a molecular level, so that we can lay a solid foundation for a far healthier, much less toxic industry and economy. With the co-founder of the entire field of Green Chemistry, John Warner, Ph.D.; Amy Cannon, Ph.D., Executive Director, Beyond Benign; Meredith Williams, Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

April 7th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Berkeley Ballroom, Residence Inn



Amy Cannon
Executive Director
Beyond Benign
Meredith Williams
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
John Warner
Green Chemistry