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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.

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...

Commercial Milestone: Ethanol from Landfill Waste

August 7, 2013
Biofuel maker INEOS Bio just announced that its $130 million Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Florida, is producing commercial quantities of transportation fuel from...

Termites: Homeowner Scourge or Biofuel Savior?

July 18, 2011
An unwanted house pest and suburban scourge, suddenly the termite has been accidentally and disasterously rehabilitated by science. Hyperbole? Termite control professionals don't...

Dodge Pick-Up Runs on Water

September 7, 2010
David Seigler and Fredrick Wood and of Future Energy Concepts have converted a pick-up truck to run on nothing but water. More from Youtube User PESNetwork : [Here is] a video...

Personal Water Footprint Calculator

January 18, 2011
Earlier this week, AIChE announced its new Water Initiative , which will help determine the role and approaches the AIChE and its members can take to have a positive affect on...

Water: An Introduction to Industrial Waste

September 16, 2011
When most people think of industrial waste, they envision metal barrels with a hazardous waste symbol on the outside. There are many more sources of industrial waste than those...

“All of the Above” Energy Sustainability

November 13, 2012
Not only can new developments in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) make fossil energy more sustainable and environmentally friendly, they also have the potential to...

Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment

March 15, 2010
First Conference On Sustainability for the Pacific Northwest Regio n The regional conference will provide a venue for engineers and professionals to engage in technical...

Why Is Erbium So Important to the Internet?

March 29, 2012
What makes erbium so important for websites like YouTube and ChEnected? The professor goggles up to explore this silvery white element and its applications as he continues his...

Is the Shape of the Solar Future about to Change?

January 29, 2013
The gale-force storm of internet Hype is starting to clog bandwidh so badly that LOLCats addicts are starting to complain. V3Solar , a Southern California startup, says that it...

Produced Water Treatment with Ceramic Membranes

November 2, 2011
The volume and complexity of produced water (PW) generated in the oil and gas extraction industry provides a significant separations and treatment challenge. Because of its source...

Environmental Division Pittsburgh Service Project

October 25, 2012
Join your fellow AIChE members and the local Pittsburgh community on Sunday morning of the Annual Meeting--share a great experience protecting important ecosystems and promoting...

An Example of Doing Well by Doing Good

October 11, 2010
A generation of social enterprises has become increasingly visible by creating self-sustaining businesses. Social enterprises are similar to regular enterprises with one main...

Energy Challenges and Successes

February 8, 2011
Crafting energy policy is a challenging balancing act. Even with the global and grassroots organizations across the globe pushing for cleaner fuels, bio-based fuels, and renewable...

What Is Matt Damon Doing about Water? [video]

June 6, 2011
Matt Damon, along with Gary White, is the co-founder of Water.org , an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to clean water and sanitary conditions...

Solar Panel Pyramids

September 26, 2011
Lunar Cubit was designed for Abu Dhabi just outside Masdar City , which will be the world's first zero carbon city . Both art and technology, Lunar Cubit provides solar energy to...

Sustainable Packaging Symposium

December 14, 2011
This year's Sustainable Packaging Symposium (SPS) celebrates the optimized package. Our program theme - "Advancing Sustainable Supply Chains with Optimized Packaging" - addresses...

New York City to Heat Homes with Food Scraps

January 15, 2014
New York City's wastewater treatment facility is about to undertake a new program that will result in pipeline-quality natural gas to heat homes across the five boroughs.

A ChE’s Path to Sustainability

October 2, 2012
Through our work as chemical engineers, we have the potential to make significant positive impacts on sustainability. There’s also much we can do as individuals. Read on for...

April 2014 CEP Preview

April 18, 2014
This month, CEP turns an eye to industrial water reuse. You'll also find best practices for pilot-plant piping, a look at Italy's chemical industry, and much more.

Gold from Outer Space

November 29, 2011
Our favorite wild-haired professor discusses new research suggesting why gold and other dense metals are found close to the Earth's surface. Check it out in the video panel at...

Life Cycle Assessment for Achieving Sustainability

November 15, 2012
Interested in Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment methodology? Please join the Virtual Local Section Thursday, November 15th for a webinar on this topic with keynote speaker...
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