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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 Example of Doing Well by Doing Good

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

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]

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

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

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

April 2014 CEP Preview

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

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...

Systems Metabolic Engineering Breakthrough

Professor Sang Yup Lee at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) led the team that engineered E. coli to produce PLA. They developed a one-stage process...

Nanomesh Turns Sewage into Drinking Water

Last week Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine spoke with tech guru George Gilder to discuss amazing various new technologies. One particularly fascinating technology he highlighted,...

A Less Petroleum-Dependent Military

In response to some recent posts on applications of renewable energy and moving energy use/production off grid, I've been thinking about technologies and concepts could be...

Using Vetiver Grass to Protect Reefs

Most likely your only experience with vetiver grass has been olfactory, given its longtime use in the perfume industry (think Guerlain 's V?tiver , Kenzo's Kenzoair , or Lalique's...

Breakthrough in Organic Fuel-Cell Catalysts

One of the current problems with fuel cells is the catalyst that helps convert sources of stored energy such as hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy. Currently made of...

Electricity and the Environment

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

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...
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