Beyond Benign was created by Dr. John Warner, a founder of the field of Green Chemistry, to provide an approach and means for scientists, particularly those involved in green chemistry and sustainable science, to reach out to the public. Guided by the belief that all scientists should be able to explain their research in a simple and meaningful manner to people from all backgrounds and of all ages, John incorporated community outreach into his students' academic experience as a requirement early in his tenure at the University of Massachusetts. His vision is to increase public awareness and understanding of science in general and specifically of the relationships between chemistry, human health and the environment.
Green Chemistry provides the perfect platform for communicating the importance of science in providing solutions for many of society's challenges because Green Chemistry inherently minimizes the impacts of science on the environment and it is a sustainable approach to chemistry. The relationship between Green Chemistry and the environment provides a uniquely positive, solutions-based starting point for encouraging younger students, who are greatly interested in the environment, to consider positive contributions they can make in any scientific field.
In August of 2007 Beyond Benign was incorporated as a non-profit organization independent of the University. Building on the relationships established with community members and schools in the Greater Boston area, the organization has expanded the community outreach efforts to include curriculum development and teacher training for K-12 educators.
What We Do
A major focus within our organization is the education of the next generation of scientists; we aim to inspire future scientists and to create more informed consumers and voters who are able to support a growing industrial market based on the concepts of green chemistry and sustainability.
Beyond Benign has three main focuses: