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The Winners of the “Tell a Story about Green Chemistry” Video Competition 

On June 18, 2018 at the 22nd Green Chemistry & Engineering conference in Portland Oregon, Anna Zhenova, Alisa Doroshenko, and Michael Shen were announced as the winners of the “Tell a Story about Green Chemistry” video competition. The announcement was part of a symposium that was hosted by members of the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering and was focused on the implementation of green chemistry to developing countries and economies in transition. The Yale Center is currently collaborating with UNIDO on the Global Green Chemistry Initiative.


The video competition, announced in March 2018, was for postdoctoral, undergraduate, and graduate students and required creativity and scientific accuracy to address the question “How are chemists using Green Chemistry to solve sustainability challenges in your region?”


The competition was sponsored by the Molecular Design Research Network [MoDRN], an initiative from the Center at Yale that is focused on safer molecular design. The network is made possible by funding from the NSF Division of Chemistry and Environmental Protection Agency [Grant No.1339637].


The GC&E session started with Dr. Philip Coish, Program Manager for the Center giving an overview of the video competition in the context of Green Chemistry dissemination efforts by the Center at Yale.


The first presentation was an award to a team of Anna Zhenova and Alisa Doroshenko from the University of York who produced a fascinating video about green chemistry and science across borders.  The title of their video is “A Passion for Green Chemistry, and How we can Change the World Together”.


“Alisa and I love the international nature of the York Green Chemistry Centre. In our time there, we’ve met researchers from every continent except Antarctica, and they have a multitude of backgrounds and stories about why they got into green chemistry. With our video, we wanted to share that with the rest of the world, and show what a positive and engaging environment you can build when you’re inclusive of all nationalities, ethnicities, and genders. This is particularly important as green chemistry becomes a part of the worldwide effort to transition to a circular economy, because it must accommodate a diversity of viewpoints and needs. We see green chemistry spreading to every country around the world, and hope that our video can help make that happen” said Anna Zhenova.


The second presentation was an award to Michael Shen from Northeastern University. Michael created an excellent video about the need for green chemistry education. The title of his video is “Green Chemistry Education – A Shift in Paradigm”. Michael was inspired by the raising need for green chemistry education. “The inspiration for my video is mainly drawn from my work with Beyond Benign, a green chemistry program in Boston that focuses on introducing students and educators to the basic principles of sustainable learning. Although researchers and industry leaders are more conscious of green chemistry, it is still evident that the field of education has not achieved the same paradigm shift. As a result, the video is a call to action for everyone, educator or not, to recognize the importance of green chemistry education. In the following years, I hope to see that all chemistry taught is founded upon green concepts regardless of the education level; ultimately resulting in a world where green chemistry becomes an underlying value across all industries and fields. After all, it is the next generation that will be shaping our future – from solving global dilemmas to local complications.”


Both videos were shown at the GC&E session which was followed with Q&A from the audience. The award ceremony ended with congratulations from Professor Paul Anastas, the project leader of the Yale-UNIDO Global Green Chemistry Initiative. Their videos are hosted on our website.

Tell a Story About Green Chemistry and Win a Trip to the 2018 Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Portland, Oregon

Attention all postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students: do you have a story to tell about green chemistry? Do you share our belief that the power and potential of green chemistry need to reach a much broader audience?


If so, now’s your chance to be heard! Channel your creativity and harness your passion. Create a video that vividly depicts an aspect of green chemistry, and explains how chemists use green chemistry to solve sustainability challenges, and we’ll share your story with the world.


The producers of the best video will win a trip (flight, hotel, conference registration)* to the 2018 Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Portland, Oregon (June 18-20, 2018) to show your video to world leaders and conference participants in the field of green chemistry.

*Win a Trip (flight, hotel conference registration)

Reimbursements up to $1,500 USD


The competition is open to all postdoctoral, graduate or undergraduate students.  Individual and team (up to 3 people) submissions are welcome.



All videos must be uploaded by May 6, 2018.


Video Length

Approximately 3 minutes or less.


Video format

Most video formats are acceptable. Compatibility with YouTube is required for submission.

How to submit your video:

We ask you to upload your video to YouTube as "unlisted,", and then share the link to your video with us through the application form.

If you do not know how to upload videos as "unlisted," see instructions here.

Judging Criteria:
  • The video must clearly and vividly tell the audience about “How chemists are using green chemistry to solve sustainability challenges in your region?”


  • Inspire your audience! Move them to action! Is there a product or process that either has been or will be revolutionized through green chemistry design? Is there a project you’re working on that will fascinate and inspire the world? Do you have a powerful story to tell about what moved you to work in this field?  Make a video that is scientifically accurate, is creative, and tells the audience a story they soon won’t forget.


  • Your online audience consists of academia, consumers, industry leaders and managers, and government policymakers from all around the world.  You can focus on one group. Assume that your audience does not know about green chemistry, and are not likely trained scientists. So, your video should have a clear message while avoiding scientific jargon.


  • Great production values (slick video, perfect audio, animations, etc.) are nice to have, but your story is far more important.  Vivid and inspirational content is welcomed whether it’s shot on your smartphone or on professional video equipment.

  • WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: Winners will be contacted by May 15, 2018.

Waiver and Participation Conditions:
  • Your video should be approximately three minutes in length.

  • Your video should be in a format that can be uploaded to YouTube.

  • You should be 18 years of age or older when you submit the entry form.

  • You should be a postdoctoral, graduate, or undergraduate student when you submit the entry form.

  • Your entry must be your own creation and you are responsible to ensure your video is free of any copyright infringement. Your entry becomes the property of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. We reserve the right to post your video online and to utilize your video for educational purposes.

  • The deadline for entering is May 6th, 2018.

  • The winner(s) will be contacted by May 15th, 2018.

  • The winner(s) is required to attend the awards ceremony at the 2018 GC&E Symposium, "Providing Guidance for a Wide Distribution and Implementation of Green Chemistry to Developing Countries and Economies in Transition," in Portland, Oregon, on June 18th, 2018. The Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale will reimburse up to $1,500 USD in travel/lodging/conference registration expenses.

  • You agree to release your name, likeness, image, and interviews before, during, or after the awards ceremony for use by the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale.


If you have additional questions regarding the competition, please email

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