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AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Institute for Sustainability is well positioned to establish a baseline definition of what Sustainability entails, as well as to establish a Body of Knowledge (BOK) in the field of sustainability. The body of knowledge at the heart of the new sustainability credential is based on AIChE’s Sustainability Index.

Institute for Sustainability (IfS)

IfS is an umbrella organization encompassing a broad spectrum of activities related to sustainability. It has three sub-entities: the Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF), the Center for Sustainable Technology Practices (CSTP), and the Youth Council on Sustainability Science and Technology (YCOSST). It also provides oversight to the AIChE Sustainability Index (sm).

Environmental Division (ENV)

The ENV division provides relevant programs on current environmental topics and non-confidential information concerning all aspects of environmental activity. The division promotes publication of papers of interest to chemical engineers in environmental activities as well as coordinates the Institute’s activities with other related societies.

2015 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 8-13, 2015
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

How our communities collect waste and recyclables

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm
The presentation provides an overview on collecting solid waste (SW) from the curb in front of your home to the point of processing and/or disposal...

Beyond Implications on a Golden Age of Natural Gas in Korea

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:00pm-2:00pm
South Korea is one of the top energy importers in the world where relies on fuel imports for about 97% of its primary energy demand because the...

CFD Modeling of Air Emissions from Controlled Flare Tests

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 9:00am-9:30am
Although significant progress has been made in developing technologies capable of measuring flare efficiencies and emissions in situ, essential...

The New Energy Mix: Abundance and Sustainability?

October 17, 2012
The US’s surge in production of natural gas is by methods that are spreading around the world. As oil begins to be abundant, too, can we have the benefits and still move toward...

Oregon Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Trouble

April 1, 2013
Since technological and funding hurdles have forced many cellulosic ethanol companies to shut down, ZeaChem's latest news is par-for-the-course as the cellulosic biofuels industry...

Rotating Algal Biofilm Reactor [On Location]

November 11, 2013
A new approach to address the problems of the large land area required for cultivation, culture contamination and the difficult and costly dewatering of the harvested cells in...

January 2015 CEP Preview

January 15, 2015
Special Section: Sustainability Sustainability Trends in the Chemical Industry The AIChE Sustainability Index provides benchmarks of a company’s performance on a variety of...

World's Largest Wind Farm Begins Operation

September 27, 2010
Thanet's turbines While Cape Wind , the nation's only planned off-shore wind farm , struggles to start construction, Thanet Wind Farm , located seven miles off the blustery coast...

Toilet to Tap: The Future of Water

June 2, 2011
Singapore used to depend heavily on Malaysia for treated water, but now it uses state-of-the-art technology to recycle sewage and other wastewater, producing water that is claimed...

From Soda Bottle to Solar Light Bulb

September 23, 2011
Demi (aka Solar Demi), who comes from a very small village in the Philippines, came up with a solution to bring light to his village by turning a soda bottle into a light bulb.

Promising Carbon Capture in Field Testing

July 31, 2013
Field tests conducted by US DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington aim to return carbon dioxide to the earth by injecting it into underground basalt formations.

Greener Use of Fossil Fuels: Lithium from Coal

March 27, 2015
Geologists from the Hebei University of Engineering in Handan, China have devised a plan to extract the lithium previously discovered in coal deposits in the northern part of the...

How Do Chemical Engineers Recognize Earth Day?

April 22, 2010
It was 40 years ago that U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as an environmental teach-in. It continues to be celebrated on April 22 in the Northern Hemisphere and in...

Wind Energy Dukes It Out With Fossil Fuels

February 20, 2013
2012 turned out to be a year when old assumptions about wind energy began to shift as the planet’s installed wind capacity jumped from 238 GWs to about 282 GWs. Read about the big...

Making Fracking Water Drinkable Again

March 28, 2014
Oasys Water can recycle fracking water, reducing water disposal by 80 percent and cutting the cost by up to 30 percent, thus making it cheaper than hauling water away.

Stretching Our Most Limited Resource

August 26, 2010
Summer Water Fun... How Long Will it Last? As the summer winds down, how did you enjoy the season? Maybe a trip to the beach for a swim, a run through the sprinkler, or maybe just...

Audi Showcases Electric Sports Car

January 18, 2011
If you think that an electric car has to be practical looking or isn't any fun, take a look at the Audi R8 e-tron . There's little about this car that's nerdy. Of course, this car...

More Than One Way to Build a Career

June 13, 2012
Recently, increasing numbers of graduating chemical engineers seem to be forgoing traditional career paths for more lucrative positions in consulting of investment banking, but...

Tidal Energy Plants Coming to Florida

June 23, 2014
A Swedish firm is bringing its tidal technology to Florida, where it will build commercial demonstration plants that aim to harness the force of the Gulf Stream.

The Sustainability Discipline

March 10, 2010
For a chemical engineer, I spend a lot of time with architects. I enjoy acquainting myself with people from different backgrounds who can provide a refreshing look to my own...

Sustainability in (Bio)Pharmaceuticals

August 30, 2012
This meeting will bring together thought-leaders from the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The meeting's goal is to allow engineers in these industries to assess...

10 Front-runners in Water-Related Research

January 4, 2011
Is turning waste and inefficiency into profit and opportunity too much to wish for? Not if you're one of finalists competing for the Imagine H2O Prize. The competition will award...

GASFRAC Takes the Water out of Fracking

May 29, 2012
GASFRAC's technology uses a propane gel which is pumped into the shale, but unlike water, the gel reverts to vapor along with the natural gas. Could this technique ease some of...

Natural Ecosystem Unit Operations [On Location]

November 13, 2013
Working with a plant site's existing natural resources, chemical engineers can harness ecosystems to mitigate undesirable plant outputs and reduce or eliminate the need for...
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