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.

November 2015 CEP Preview

November 16, 2015
This month, CEP's cover feature is liquid-liquid extraction, and members and non-members alike can read the full article online. See the preview for more about this month's issue.

2016 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 13-18, 2016
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.

AIChE Journal Highlight: Creating Sustainable Water Treatment Systems

Journal Highlight
One of the grand challenges to sustain modern society is to secure adequate water resources of appropriate quality for various uses. The social, economic, and environmental impacts of past water resources development projects and the likely...

HP's Switch to Wind Power Signals US Tipping Point

October 8, 2015
Hewlett Packard recently signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for a Texas wind-farm developer to supply 112 megawatts of renewable energy to the company's state-wide...

Solar City's New PV Module Hits World Record

October 9, 2015
SolarCity has quickly moved from buying late-stage solar module startup Silevo a year ago to claiming production of "the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module...

October 2015 CEP Preview

October 19, 2015
This month, CEP's main feature looks at a systems approach to environmental management and sustainability. You'll also find in this issue a look at Israel's chemicals industry,...

On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment

Archived Webinar
Aug 1, 2012
An Appalachian State University research team, is innovating the field of biological water treatment by applying a proven technology to salon and spa...

The Truth about Anthropogenic Climate Change

Archived Webinar
Apr 28, 2011
This presentation will describe the situation as depicted by the UN-IPCC and other AGW supporters. Then the theories, models, and assumptions...

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...

Brayton Refrigeration Cycle for Small Scale LNG Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Liquefying natural gas is an industrial process of great importance with the current worldwide production capacity of about 300 million tonnes per...

How Green Is Your School?

August 12, 2015
Prospective college students interested in comparing colleges based on their commitment to environmentalism can look to Sierra Magazine’s ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of...

Los Angeles' Low Cost Water-Saving Technology

August 19, 2015
For months Los Angeles has been putting millions of floating, black plastic balls into one of its largest reservoirs to block sunlight from triggering a hazardous chemical...

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...

Nanomesh Turns Sewage into Drinking Water

February 28, 2011
Last week Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine spoke with tech guru George Gilder to discuss amazing various new technologies. One particularly fascinating technology he highlighted,...

Electric Cars the Star of Frankfurt Auto Show

September 27, 2011
The Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this month showed a wide range of electric cars, from small and affordable to high-powered sports and luxurious sports cars. Two noteworthy...

High-Powered Plasma Turns Garbage into Gas

August 14, 2012
As America's dump-truck-accessible landfill spaces fill to the brim with garbage, the nation's $12.5 billion trash hauling king turned to a 52-year-old chemical engineer with a...

GE and BP Wind Energy Celebrate Milestones

January 3, 2013
As US wind-energy developers raced to finish projects before the renewable energy tax credit expired on January 1st, GE installed its 20,000th wind turbine. And now a new twist...

A Less Petroleum-Dependent Military

December 20, 2010
In response to some recent posts on applications of renewable energy and moving energy use/production off grid, I've been thinking about technologies and concepts could be...

Using Vetiver Grass to Protect Reefs

April 11, 2011
Most likely your only experience with vetiver grass has been olfactory, given its longtime use in the perfume industry (think Guerlain 's V?tiver , Kenzo's Kenzoair , or Lalique's...

Breakthrough in Organic Fuel-Cell Catalysts

October 9, 2012
One of the current problems with fuel cells is the catalyst that helps convert sources of stored energy such as hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy. Currently made of...

Scottish Surge in Wave-Energy Innovations

December 1, 2011
In Europe offshore wind is the great blustery hope among the political class, with new projects announced weekly. But lately, scientists have begun to pay attention to ocean waves...

Electricity and the Environment

July 11, 2014
Fossil fuels will continue to play an important part in electricity generation, and this opens the doors for many opportunities for young chemical engineers.

High-Tech Flywheels Help Bring Stability to Grid

March 20, 2015
Pioneering flywheel developer Beacon Power is becoming one of the success stories of the evolving power grid. Its flywheels help to correct the obvious shortcomings of grid 1.0 by...

Two Approaches to Desalination

March 31, 2010
According to The Economist , two Canadian engineers have developed a new way to use the sun to heat water for desalination: Existing desalination plants work in one of two ways...
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