Environmental Chemistry of Everyday ObjectsSemester Course

DIS Copenhagen, Environmental Chemistry of Everyday Objects
Major Discipline(s)
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Sustainability
New Course Note
This course starts in Spring 2020.
Elective Course
Spring semester

This course is about connecting an environmental and chemical context to the material world humans have designed as well as the one that surrounds us. In particular we will uncover the environmental chemistry stories behind objects used in everyday life and how those materials connect us to environmental issues and problem-solving around the world. Typically these stories exist in the background and are hidden from view unless we specifically seek them.


Paul Jackson

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1997). B.A. (Chemistry, St. Olaf College, 1992). Paul’s professional interests range from chemical analysis and green chemistry to environmental health, ethics, and sustainability in higher education. His teaching bridges chemistry, environmental studies, and first year conversations programs, and it frequently incorporates civic engagement. He directs collaborative research related to chemical profiling and watershed assessment, green chemistry in science curricula, and sustainable living. Vising Faculty to DIS, spring 2020.