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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.

12th International Conference on Gas-Liquid & Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering (GLS12)

June 28 - July 1, 2015

The 12th International Conference on Gas–Liquid and Gas–Liquid–Solid Reactor Engineering (GLS-12) follows the success of the 11 previous GLS conferences, which focus on all aspects of fundamentals and engineering of multiphase reactors and processes and bring together top class researchers and en

Sustainable Packaging Symposium SPS '14

November 19-21, 2014

The symposium will focus on new economics, which reflect the impact of processes on natural resources, and investigate development, consumer attitudes, and venture capital interest in new biopolymers.

GHGT-12 Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference

October 5-9, 2014

This 12th event in the Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies conference (GHGT) series will be held in Austin, Texas, from the 5th to the 9th of October, 2014.  The GHGT conference series has established itself as the principal international platform for exhibiting and discussing new greenhouse gas

Molecular Modeling of Naphtha Catalytic Reforming

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2014
Molecular Modelling of Naphtha Catalytic Reforming Catalytic reforming is one of the most important refinery processes providing high octane number...

CHISA 2014

August 23-27, 2014
AIChE IfS and the Sustainability Section of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) will present a specialized symposium Sustainable Process Industry – Bright Future for Chemical Engineers on August 24 at CHISA, Prague.

Water Reuse Challenges and Hydraulic Fracturing

International Society for Water Solutions - ISWS
Dec 4, 2013
GE Water & Process Technologies offers a broad product and solutions portfolio that addresses water challenges associated with hydraulic...

Control Boiler Emissions through Work Practices and Energy Management

February
2014
Environmental Management
James Robinson
The Boiler MACT regulation provides compliance options that include pollution-abatement equipment, work practices, and energy efficiency improvements. An energy management and reporting system (EMRS) can be a part of a plant’s compliance strategy.

2018 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 28 - November 2, 2018
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.

2017 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 29 - November 3, 2017
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.

2016 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 13, 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.

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

November, 2013
Green Chemistry and Engineering presents the green approach as an essential tool for tacking problems in chemistry. This text covers introductory concepts in general, organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry as well as biochemistry.

Solutions for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Jan 30, 2013
This presentation focuses on the critical components of a truly sustainable operation . . . safety, environment, energy, capital management, and...

CEP: News Update

December
2013
News Update
Made-to-Order Materials Move Forward; 3D Photonic Crystal Stands Up to the Heat; Battery Electrode Acquires Self-Healing Power; GHG Emissions Decline as Power Plants Switch to Natural Gas; and more.

Submitting Your First GHG Report

March
2010
Environmental Management
Kristine Baranski, Mary Ellen Ternes
This overview of EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting rule explains the regulation’s requirements and suggests strategies for compliance. It also provides insights regarding enforcement and confidential business information.

On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment

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

2015 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 8-12, 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.

Best Practices for Hazardous-Waste Management

August
2008
Environmental Management
Isaac Powell
A waste generator can reduce the risks of incurring financial penalties and damage to its reputation by implementing these hazardous-waste determination, vendor management and document control programs.

Meeting the Needs of the Water-Energy Nexus

April
2011
Critical Issues
David Klanecky, Snehal Desai
Water is required to produce energy, and energy is required to make use of water — the two are, and always will be, inextricably linked. Engineers must understand the water-energy nexus in order to manage both efficiently and sustainably.

Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products

AIChE Webinar
Apr 3, 2013
This presentation will review Consumer Reports (CR) recently completed testing project studying the levels of arsenic in rice and rice products.

Environmental Law for Chemical Engineers

February
2012
Back To Basics
Mary Ellen Ternes
A basic understanding of environmental law is beneficial for all chemical engineers. Learn how laws are proposed, made, and implemented, and ways to avoid incurring unnecessary penalties.

New Materials for Membrane Separations

Mar 13, 2013
In this webinar, Dr. Richard D. Noble - the co-director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Membrane Applied Science...

Genetically Modified Crops

September
2005
Critical Issues
John Shave
Viewpoint #1 Regulate the Product, Not the Process by Gregory Conko Viewpoint #2 Not All Sugar & Spice

Minimize Wastes from Specialty Chemical Processes

January
2008
Environmental Management
Jeffrey Mueller, Michael Cipullo
Use this holistic approach as the basis for a process development strategy to identify environmentally sound, cost-effective, low-waste-generating processes.

Natural Gas Future

South Texas Section Webinar
Apr 7, 2011
Natural gas, at prices significantly below BTU parity with oil for a long time to come, will certainly play a pivotal role in world energy supply and...

Agency - Friend or Foe?

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 14, 2011
Permitting a new plant, process, or modification can be daunting task. Early presentation and meetings with the Agency can help you climb the paperwork hill. In this session, a brief description of the various Bureaus and how they interact will be presented. Further information will be provided on the Bureau of Air which has the most complex rules and regulations.

Fracking: The Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale

AIChE Web Forum
Nov 15, 2011
Led by experts from academia, government and industry, this interactive Web Forum presents an overview of the history, the current state of...

The Truth about Anthropogenic Climate Change

Virtual Local Section 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...

Using Catalytic Nanoparticles to Clean Water

NSEF Webinar
Apr 15, 2010
In this talk, I will describe our work in improving the feasibility of these NP catalysts for groundwater remediation and in understanding how the...

Challenges for Global Energy

AIChE Webinar
Apr 21, 2009
This presentation describes and evaluates the technical, political, and economic challenges involved with widespread adoption of renewable energy...

Climate Change: Engineering R/D Needed!

AIChE Webinar
Jan 13, 2009
There are large uncertainties in the climate change debate that reflect the absence of the engineering community. These uncertainties call into...

CEP: Editorial- AIChE's Path to Sustainability

August
2012
Editorial
Cyntha F. Mascone
Last month in this space, I wrote about some of the sustainability activities underway in and around Grand Canyon National Park, and how my vacation there got me thinking about AIChE’s sustainability efforts. The most recent initiative is the...

CEP: Editorial - On the Path to Sustainability

July
2012
Editorial
Cynthia F. Mascone
I love soaking up nature — whether I’m hiking over the red rocks of Sedona, strolling along Jones Beach as the waves of the Atlantic Ocean roll in, taking shelter indoors as an angry thunderstorm rages outside, stargazing miles from the nearest town … or just sitting on my porch watching the grass in my tiny New York City yard grow. Whatever the activity, I continue to be amazed at the awesomeness of the world we live in. Yet I wonder what the planet will be like for our children. Will nature still be as wonderful for them as it is for me?

CEP: Editorial - Alternative Paths to Sustainability

October
2012
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
When I wrote last month’s editorial about my trip down the path to sustainability, I intended it to be the third article of three (“On the Path to Sustainability” in July, “AIChE’s Path to Sustainability” in August, and “A ChE’s Path to Sustainability” in September). My journey began while I was on vacation in Arizona at the beginning of the summer. Unexpectedly, I experienced sustainability from a different angle during my annual end-of-summer staycation. Thus, this fourth article on sustainability — in sports.

The Rise of China - Progress at What Price?

June
2007
News Feature
Boonsri Dickinson
As China undergoes an industrial revolution, its once pristine lands are being choked by pollution from coal-fired plants. Spurred by the upcoming 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China is quickly cleaning the air. And, it has long-term plans to invest...
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