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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.

Purdue University wins YCOSST P3 Award

May 8, 2014
Purdue's Biowall entry took home the prize, with an ingenious design that improves indoor air quality thanks, in part, to plants' ability to purify air.

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...

AIChE Greens the Annual Meeting

September 17, 2012
This year's AIChE Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh should prove to be the greenest yet! Read more about what we're doing and how you can be a part of making the meeting more...

AIChE Announces New Water Initiative

January 17, 2011
Pressing issues regarding water supplies and sustainability have motivated AIChE to develop the AIChE Water Initiative. The ultimate goal of the Water Initiative is to determine...

Water: Industrial Discharge Permits

September 6, 2011
Environmental management groups are cracking down on industries by imposing tighter discharge limits and making industries everywhere contemplate in-house pretreatment programs—...

The Future of Glass

November 8, 2011
The engineers and scientists at Corning envision a brilliant future with extraordinary uses for glass, and some may surprise you. Check out the video at right and read the...

Is Safe, Clean Fracking Possible?

June 5, 2012
The good news is that, yes, fracking can be made safe and clean, according to a new analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA). But the down side is that it probably will...

New Device Harvests Movement to Generate Energy

September 4, 2014
A new small device that relies on nanotechnology successfully generates electric current from simple vibrations. Its creators look to relieve the load on batteries or eliminate...

The New Energy Mix: Abundance and Sustainability?

October 17, 2012
The US’s surge in production of natural gas is by methods that are spreading around the world. As oil begins to be abundant, too, can we have the benefits and still move toward...

Oregon Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Trouble

April 1, 2013
Since technological and funding hurdles have forced many cellulosic ethanol companies to shut down, ZeaChem's latest news is par-for-the-course as the cellulosic biofuels industry...

Rotating Algal Biofilm Reactor [On Location]

November 11, 2013
A new approach to address the problems of the large land area required for cultivation, culture contamination and the difficult and costly dewatering of the harvested cells in...

World's Largest Wind Farm Begins Operation

September 27, 2010
Thanet's turbines While Cape Wind , the nation's only planned off-shore wind farm , struggles to start construction, Thanet Wind Farm , located seven miles off the blustery coast...

Toilet to Tap: The Future of Water

June 2, 2011
Singapore used to depend heavily on Malaysia for treated water, but now it uses state-of-the-art technology to recycle sewage and other wastewater, producing water that is claimed...

From Soda Bottle to Solar Light Bulb

September 23, 2011
Demi (aka Solar Demi), who comes from a very small village in the Philippines, came up with a solution to bring light to his village by turning a soda bottle into a light bulb.

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

December
2014
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.

How Do Chemical Engineers Recognize Earth Day?

April 22, 2010
It was 40 years ago that U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as an environmental teach-in. It continues to be celebrated on April 22 in the Northern Hemisphere and in...

Making Fracking Water Drinkable Again

March 28, 2014
Oasys Water can recycle fracking water, reducing water disposal by 80 percent and cutting the cost by up to 30 percent, thus making it cheaper than hauling water away.

Stretching Our Most Limited Resource

August 26, 2010
Summer Water Fun... How Long Will it Last? As the summer winds down, how did you enjoy the season? Maybe a trip to the beach for a swim, a run through the sprinkler, or maybe just...

Audi Showcases Electric Sports Car

January 18, 2011
If you think that an electric car has to be practical looking or isn't any fun, take a look at the Audi R8 e-tron . There's little about this car that's nerdy. Of course, this car...

More Than One Way to Build a Career

June 13, 2012
Recently, increasing numbers of graduating chemical engineers seem to be forgoing traditional career paths for more lucrative positions in consulting of investment banking, but...

Tidal Energy Plants Coming to Florida

June 23, 2014
A Swedish firm is bringing its tidal technology to Florida, where it will build commercial demonstration plants that aim to harness the force of the Gulf Stream.

The Sustainability Discipline

March 10, 2010
For a chemical engineer, I spend a lot of time with architects. I enjoy acquainting myself with people from different backgrounds who can provide a refreshing look to my own...

Sustainability in (Bio)Pharmaceuticals

August 30, 2012
This meeting will bring together thought-leaders from the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The meeting's goal is to allow engineers in these industries to assess...

10 Front-runners in Water-Related Research

January 4, 2011
Is turning waste and inefficiency into profit and opportunity too much to wish for? Not if you're one of finalists competing for the Imagine H2O Prize. The competition will award...

GASFRAC Takes the Water out of Fracking

May 29, 2012
GASFRAC's technology uses a propane gel which is pumped into the shale, but unlike water, the gel reverts to vapor along with the natural gas. Could this technique ease some of...

Natural Ecosystem Unit Operations [On Location]

November 13, 2013
Working with a plant site's existing natural resources, chemical engineers can harness ecosystems to mitigate undesirable plant outputs and reduce or eliminate the need for...
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