Sustainability & Environment


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.

An Osmotic Membrane Dehumidifier

AIChE Annual Meeting
Oct 17, 2011
OSMOTIC MEMBRANE DEHUMIDIFIER It has long been known that relying on a vapor compression system to cool air down to the dew point in order to...

Resilience and Sustainable Development

SEF Webinar
Sep 21, 2011
This webinar discusses the challenges of sustainable development, and gives examples of current research on life cycle assessment, industrial ecology...

2011 AIChE WISE Intern Presentations

AIChE Webinar
Aug 3, 2011
In this webinar, the interns from the 2011 AIChE WISE program (Washington Internships for Student Engineering) present projects focusing on energy...

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...

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.

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...

Theoretical Screening Good Sorbents for CO2 Separation

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
Carbon dioxide is the major product from coal combustion and is released into the air and causes global climate warming which we are facing today...

On the Solubility of Mercury in Liquid Hydrocarbons

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 21, 2010
The solubility of Hgo was determined in 34 pure hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon mixtures, crude oils, and water from -65oC to +65oC (where each solvent...

Water Sustainability Plenary

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 29, 2009
This special plenary session will feature invited speakers to provide a summary of water law and policy that will provide attendees with a better...

Hydrogen Production, Storage and Utilization

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 28, 2009
Papers on challenges and opportunities in hydrogen from renewable resources. The U.S. Dept of Energy Hydrogen Program: Status and Performance Gaps of...

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: News Update

News Update
Fossil Fuels Inspire Clean-Hydrogen Catalyst; Organic Solar Cells Heat Up; Biomass Waste Gets Upgraded; New Technique Puts Catalysts on the Right Track; and more.

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Solving Wicked Sustainability Problems Requires a New Approach

Journal Highlight
The challenges facing the world today — including climate change, resource scarcity, food security, water access, and energy demand — are fundamentally different than those of the past. These sustainability issues can be thought of as “wicked” problems — a concept that originated in the 1970s to describe the difficult challenges facing urban planners at the time and that has now spread to other areas, including engineering. In contrast with so-called tame problems, which can be solved by traditional linear, analytical approaches, wicked problems are much more intractable and very difficult to solve.
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