Green Chemical Alternatives Purchasing Wizard

Updated June 28, 2010

The Green Chemical Alternatives Purchasing Wizard is intended as a tool to reduce the hazardous waste profile in research labs, an effort that ultimately saves MIT, and its researchers, money while reducing hazard potentials and the burden to our environment. It is supported by Executive Vice President Curry's Fall 2003 Institute-wide purchasing policy, which identified environmentally preferable purchasing as a sound method for saving money while maintaining MIT's reputation for superior research. It is further supported by MIT’s requirement under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to identify opportunities for minimizing waste and MIT’s Pollution Prevention Program.

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Links to MIT’s Purchasing System, however, are only accessible to members of the MIT community with certificates.

How to use the Green Chemical Alternatives Purchasing Wizard

Click on the link below to access the Wizard. Choose one of four methods to start your search:

  • By the chemical you wish to replace
  • By the process you wish to replace or modify
  • By an alternative chemical you may have heard or read about, or
  • By an alternative process you may have heard or read about

Click here to access the Green Chemical Alternatives Purchasing Wizard 

Click here to download the Green Chemical Alternatives Purchasing Wizard Help Guide

Send requests for information to If you need assistance in the purchase and use of less hazardous alternatives, please contact your department EHS Coordinator or the EHS office at 617-452-EHSS (3477).