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AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals

The AIChE Institute for Sustainability (IfS) is launching a program that offers engineers and other qualified professionals a specialized Credential in sustainability. The IfS 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.

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.

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.

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...

Advances in Algal Biorefineries II [On Location]

October 19, 2011
Algae and plant oils have shown great promise towards answering the energy density question, but I am reminded of a 3-step business plan that I encountered in school: Step 1 –...

Changing the Future of Coal?

March 20, 2014
The Kemper plant gasifier technology is very different. It can convert low quality brown coal into into synthesis gas, while removing 65 percent of the CO2.

Closing the Lifecycle Loop on Critical Materials

November 5, 2012
The U.S. is highly dependent on foreign countries for rare earth elements (REEs) and strategic and critical materials (S&CMs). Dr. Tedd Lister and Dr. Eric Peterson of the...

First Solar Snaps Up Silicon Startup TetraSun

May 21, 2013
For thin-film mega-company First Solar, the two-year crisis caused by the solar module supply glut may be almost over. The largest manufacturer of solar panels in the United...

Sustainability Reconsidered - the Technology Link

October 21, 2010
Sustainability is of great interest but it means many different things to different people. One of the aspects of sustainability is Corporate Social Responsibility . In this area...

Tour of NYC's Croton Water Filtration Plant

June 9, 2011
UPDATE: As of 6/11, we have reached the capacity for this event. If you haven't reserved yet, we can only add your name to a Wait List, and will notify you if you can attend. The...

Turbine-free Wind Power [Video]

October 10, 2011
Mechanical engineering Francis C. Moon has proposed a new solution for wind energy that eliminates the need for turbines. Moon, who is Cornell University's Joseph D. Ford...

Rare Earth Elements: Vital and in High Demand

January 9, 2013
It's not so much that the rare earth metals (also known as the lanthanides) are rare; there is actually a relative abundance of them. The real issue is that it's difficult to find...

Radical Wind Turbine Design Coming to California

August 27, 2013
California Governor Jerry Brown has an ambitious plan to bring 20,000 megawatts of renewable power to his state, including 12,000 megawatts of distributed generation, and he wants...

Using UV Light to Purify Water

May 27, 2010
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial culture on an Xylose Lysine Sodium Deoxycholate (XLD) agar plate. Most water treatment plants use chlorine to clean tapwater. The main drawback to...

Alternative Paths to Sustainability

October 16, 2012
In the most recent editorial in the series, Cindy Mascone looks at sports and the efforts the industry is making towards sustainability.

Building a Biofuel Game-Changer

December 27, 2013
Dr Sean Simpson, founder of LanzaTech, tells about an entrepreneurial wild ride, from his first idea to his deal to make jet fuel for Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Space for Ethics in Sustainability?

April 19, 2010
A First Time for Everything Last month, the local Puget Sound section of AIChE, with help from other Washington state AIChE sections, organized the first event of its kind for the...

Composite Materials from Natural Coconut Fibers

April 16, 2012
During the poster session at the Spring Meeting in Houston, we spoke with Ryan Vano of Natural Composites Inc. He shared with us his company's work with coconut fibers and the...

AIChE’s Path to Sustainability

September 13, 2012
AIChE is working towards sustainability on multiple fronts. It has formed the International Society for Water Solutions (ISWS) and the Association's Institute for Sustainability (...

Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2011

January 13, 2011
Sustainable Packaging Symposium will examine the role of packaging as a key enhancement to sustainability across the entire supply chain. The symposium will feature invited...

Google is For the Birds... But just for today...

April 26, 2011
Google's logo for today, April 26, 2011, honors the birthday of John James Audubon , a French-American artist, ornithologist, and naturalist born in 1785. He was famous for...
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