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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.

Wind Energy Dukes It Out With Fossil Fuels

February 20, 2013
2012 turned out to be a year when old assumptions about wind energy began to shift as the planet’s installed wind capacity jumped from 238 GWs to about 282 GWs. Read about the big...

Malware Infects Gulf of Mexico Offshore Rigs

March 7, 2013
Employees have inadvertently exposed vulnerabilities in network security that pose serious long-term threats. It's far too easy to imagine a worst case scenario: targeted cyber...

How Can Cities Help Save the Future?

August 17, 2011
Think of cities as nothing but a huge energy drain? Not exactly what you think of related to the words eco-friendly or green? Well, you may want to rethink your position on this...

BP Puts Growing Wind Energy Division Up For Sale

April 10, 2013
BP has decided it's a good time to get out of the wind business, unloading 16 wind farms in nine states with a total capacity of about 2,600 megawatts. Short-sighted, or good...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Special Section: Measuring Sustainability - Full 24-Page Supplement

January
2015
Special Section
Calvin Cobb, Botond Bertok, Heriberto Cabezas, Darlene Schuster, Beth Beloff, Dicksen Tanzil, Ferenc Friedler, Reed M. Izatt , Kevin Chin, István Heckl
Sustainability: What We Measure We Can Improve; Sustainability Trends in the Chemical Industry; Use the P-graph Framework to Design Supply Chains for Sustainability; Recovering Metals from Electronic Wastes

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...

CEP: News Update

December
2014
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.

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...
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