Engineers Forum on Sustainability Builds Online Platform for Interdisciplinary Information Exchange and Discussion

Professional societies and NGOs join forces to encourage application of sustainability principles in education and the workplace.
February 28, 2011

NEW YORK, February 28, 2011 – To facilitate collaboration across borders--both national and disciplinary ones—the Engineers Forum on Sustainability, has launched a new web site: http://efs.aiche.org. The site uses the latest communication technologies, including social media, to improve the dissemination of information on sustainable development. Its development has been underwritten by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation. 

The initial content focuses on issues such as the sustainability of water supplies and carbon management—issues that cut across engineering and scientific disciplines and which have economic, social and political dimensions, in addition to major technological challenges. 
 
The Engineers Forum on Sustainability, a program of the American Association of Engineering Societies, has been holding meetings and publishing a newsletter since 1997. Its most recent meeting was held in January in Tucson, Arizona, in conjunction with the International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering (ICOSSE ’11). In addition to serving practicing engineers, the group focused on integrating sustainability concepts into engineering education programs through a variety of efforts, including undergraduate competitions.
 
The current chair of the group is Subhas Sikdar of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who is a representative from AIChE’s Institute for Sustainability. Sikdar said that the new web site “is an important tool for me and my colleagues around the world to keep up to date on the latest developments in sustainability practice.” “Today’s most important work is advancing technology in a way that sustains the earth’s resources for future generations, and the Forum has a significant role to play in helping the process,” he added.
 
Forum cosponsors are the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute for Sustainability of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS’s) Center for Science, Innovation and Technology, and the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, all under the auspices of the American Association of Engineering Societies. 
 

About AIChE:

AIChE is a professional society of more than 40,000 chemical engineers in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.