Our Local Environment

Lehigh Valley section members are active in providing chemistry knowledge and analysis to address the environmental challenges we face in the Lehigh, Susquehanna and Delaware valley areas. One specific example is the assessment and clean-up associated with zinc production in the Palmerton area

Earth Day Symposium 2023
This special symposium focused on sustainability of new technologies and their impact on the environment and was co-hosted by the Lehigh Valley Section of the ACS and the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry. The symposium took place Saturday, April 22, at Cedar Crest College. Specific topics included renewable fertilizers, climate change modeling, community engagement for environmental justice and the future impact of nanotechnology on environmental issues. The speakers were: Sherine Obare, Dean of Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, University of North Carolina— Greensboro and Chair of the ACS Environmental Chemistry Division; Jonas Baltrusaitis, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University; Laura McBride, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Albright College and Karen Pooley, Professor of Practice, Director of Environmental Policy Design Program, Lehigh University. The Symposium was organized and hosted by Lindsey Welch, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical, Physical and Forensic Sciences, Cedar Crest College. The Symposium received local media coverage through Lehigh Valley Live and a spot on Channel 69 TV!
CCEW 2020
Chemists Celebrate Earth Week was virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look at some of our Zoom webinars:
CCEW Teach-In: Earth Day 50
CCEW Paper Science & Recycling
CCEW in the Lehigh Valley Area: Review of Zn Smelting History

CCEW 2021
Still virtual in 2021, we had a panel discussion to address "Reducing our Footprint with Chemistry" (see below).
CCEW 2021: Members tell their sustainability stories

CCEW 2022
Emerging from the pandemic in 2022, We celebrated CCEW with an outreach event at Da Vinci Science Center. The theme, "The Buzz about Bugs: insect chemistry" focused on the importance of insects as pollinators.

CCEW 2023
featured "The Curious Chemistry of Amazing Algae" with an outreach event at Da Vinci Science Center. Seaweed was everywhere!
April 20th 2021 Chemists Celebrate Earth Week panel discussion to address the theme: "Reducing our Footprint with Chemistry" with personal sustainability stories.

LVACS Safety Committee

Contact us if you have questions about safety around chemicals or health/environmental issues in our community.

Safety Committee Chair
Caroline Multari, caroline.multari@gmail.com
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