TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A local college is making a commitment to help build a sustainable future while giving its students a new learning experience.

Rose-Hulman announced Monday that its department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has adopted a new “Green Chemistry” commitment.

It will incorporate green chemistry theory and practices into its classes. With the goal of reducing or eliminating hazardous substances, and making chemical processes safer.

With the announcement, Rose becomes the first higher education institution in Indiana to adopt the commitment. The group Beyond Benign organized the effort which has been adopted by about 50 other colleges and universities across the country.

Rose-Hulman Chemistry Professor Rebecca DeVasher said faculty members have been committed to green chemistry since 2005. The partnership was just an added bonus for the institute.

“The adoption of this commitment is more of a recognition of our past efforts,” DeVasher said. “It’s a set compass for us to make that commitment extend not just from the past but into the future.”

DeVasher said the process to join Beyond Benign was fairly simple.

“We filled out the paperwork and we got some signatures on campus, it was a very straightforward process because of all the work that we had been doing all along,” DeVasher said.

Rose-Hulman believes the new commitment comes at a good time as the institute opened a new chemistry and biochemistry lab in its new academic building last fall.