Friday, November 4, 2011

Alumna to speak to students, community about environmentally friendly chemistry

Every day, Libby Somer 03 helps companies make their products more friendly to the environment.

On Sunday and Monday, she will talk to current Randolph College students and members of the community about how green chemistry can create opportunity in the economy.

Somer was a math major, and was the first student at the College to minor in environmental studies, said Karin Warren, the Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies.

After graduating, Somer received a master’s degree in energy and environmental analysis. She currently works for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment program.

They will, as a free service, help companies redesign their products so they don't use as many toxic chemicals,” Warren said.

Somer will meet with students to give them career advice on from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Alcove Conference Room in Caldwell Commons.

Then she will give a public talk, “Creating Opportunities for Business through Green Chemistry,” at 5 p.m. Monday in room 101 of the Psychology building.