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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.

Is There a "Magic" Biomass Crop?

Posted by Martin Bergstedt on
Dr. Shijie Liu of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry presented a thoughtful overview of the biofuels evaluation protocol that was...

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.

Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Posted by Douglas Clark on
As the longest running green chemistry conference in the United States, GC&E invites scientists, decision-makers, students, and advocates to come together, compare findings,...

Tour of NYC's Croton Water Filtration Plant

Posted by John Vasko on
UPDATE: As of 6/11, we have reached the capacity for this event. If you haven't reserved yet, we can only add your name to a Wait List, and will notify you if you can attend. The...

Turbine-free Wind Power [Video]

Posted by Douglas Clark on
Mechanical engineering Francis C. Moon has proposed a new solution for wind energy that eliminates the need for turbines. Moon, who is Cornell University's Joseph D. Ford...

Building a Biofuel Game-Changer

Posted by Kent Harrington on
Dr Sean Simpson, founder of LanzaTech, tells about an entrepreneurial wild ride, from his first idea to his deal to make jet fuel for Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2011

Posted by Douglas Clark on
Sustainable Packaging Symposium will examine the role of packaging as a key enhancement to sustainability across the entire supply chain. The symposium will feature invited...
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