Sustainability & Environment


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...

Integrating Wastewater Reuse with Seawater Desalination

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
Freshwater shortages are forcing industrial customers to rethink water supply options. Industrial facilities located near oceans or saline aquifers...

Szorb Sulfur Removal Technology - a Solution of Tier 3

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:45pm-5:15pm
S Zorb(TM) Sulfur Removal Technology is very different from what is commonly known as the Hydrodesulfurization (HDS) Technologies. What distinguishes...

Mercury Removal in Ethylene Plants: An Update and a Case Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:00pm-5:00pm
Ethylene producers have faced the challenge of feedstock contaminants for decades. Mercury is one of the contaminants often present in ethylene plant...

Non-Conventional Methods of Obtaining Combustible Liquid Fuels

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:45pm-5:15pm
Introduction Limited world reserves of liquid fuel as well as the general trend to reduce atmospheric contamination pose many challenges for...

Petrochemical Technology Trends: Looking Beyond the Short Term Fix

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
The petrochemical industry is both driven by fundamental raw material and product supply-demand factors, and enabled by technologies that open the...

Take in a Session and then Some Bike

October 18, 2011
Looking to get to know Minneapolis a little better while dodging between events? Take a walk through the Skyway, or grab a quick ride on one of the city's many public bikes.

Carbon Management Technology Conference

January 13, 2012
You still have time to register for the 2012 Carbon Management Technology Conference, held 7-9 February in Orlando, Florida, at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center...

Earth’s H2O Status Report

December 29, 2010
While 1.8 billion people have Internet access, nearly one billion people lack access to adequate amounts of fresh water, according to a comprehensive new Living Planet report by...

Chemical Companies Lauded for Energy Efficiency

April 19, 2011
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) recently honored 16 of its member companies for implementing energy-efficiency improvements in 2010. Together, these improvements saved 14.8...

10 Trends & Updates in Biofuel

August 3, 2011
If you're having trouble keeping up with the fast-paced changes in biofuels, the following ten blurbs and links should provide a useful snapshot of biofuel trends. Read on for...

Nanowire Could Redefine Solar Panel Efficiency

March 28, 2013
Reported this week: researchers in Denmark and Switzerland have built solar cells from individual nanowires. Their work showed that the nanowires were able to absorb considerably...

Purdue University wins YCOSST P3 Award

May 8, 2014
Purdue's Biowall entry took home the prize, with an ingenious design that improves indoor air quality thanks, in part, to plants' ability to purify air.

AIChE Journal Articles Make Wiley's Top 20 List

March 25, 2015
Articles from the AIChE Journal, Biotechnology Progress, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, and Process Safety Progress are at the top of the list of "hottest...

Earth Day at the College of Engineering

April 21, 2010
Undergrads, graduate students, and faculty at the Iowa State University College of Engineering talk about sustainability research and practices taking place year round within the...

Volunteers Teach Science of Urban Gardens

December 1, 2010
Community outreach and volunteer programs can benefit volunteers as much as the intended recipients of these programs. One chemical engineer shares his recent experience of...

Extra Optimism for Earth Day 2012

April 19, 2012
This Sunday the world will celebrate Earth Day once again, but if thoughts of the Earth's future cause you more pessimism than hope, then the new book Abundance may be exactly...

AIChE Greens the Annual Meeting

September 17, 2012
This year's AIChE Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh should prove to be the greenest yet! Read more about what we're doing and how you can be a part of making the meeting more...

Jeff Surma Wants to Electrify Municipal Waste

February 18, 2013
Jeff Surma, a chemical engineer by training and now something of an energy visionary, has not only proven that InEnTec, his small startup, can profitably vaporize garbage by...

AIChE Announces New Water Initiative

January 17, 2011
Pressing issues regarding water supplies and sustainability have motivated AIChE to develop the AIChE Water Initiative. The ultimate goal of the Water Initiative is to determine...

Water: Industrial Discharge Permits

September 6, 2011
Environmental management groups are cracking down on industries by imposing tighter discharge limits and making industries everywhere contemplate in-house pretreatment programs—...

The Future of Glass

November 8, 2011
The engineers and scientists at Corning envision a brilliant future with extraordinary uses for glass, and some may surprise you. Check out the video at right and read the...

Is Safe, Clean Fracking Possible?

June 5, 2012
The good news is that, yes, fracking can be made safe and clean, according to a new analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA). But the down side is that it probably will...


June 3, 2013
Join AIChE in Cincinnati for ICOSSE 2013, where we will look at new ways to protect the environment and achieve sustainable development.

How Hungry Microbes Cleaned Up the Gulf Oil Spill

January 23, 2012
Professors David Valentine and Igor Mezic have developed a new computer model that demonstrates the roles of underwater topography, currents and bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico led...

Reformulated Diesel Means Cleaner Ship Emissions

August 29, 2012
A new fuel mixture has been developed to cut air pollution from cruise ships, oil tankers, and container ships burning traditional bunker oil, the cheapest and most highly...

Help Fund Sustainability Think Tank

February 14, 2014
Earthshift has launched the Start Some Good campaign to raise money to create a comprehensive methodology for companies to use when making decisions related to sustainability.

New Device Harvests Movement to Generate Energy

September 4, 2014
A new small device that relies on nanotechnology successfully generates electric current from simple vibrations. Its creators look to relieve the load on batteries or eliminate...
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