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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.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2011

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...

Carbon Management Technology Conference

You still have time to register for the 2012 Carbon Management Technology Conference, held 7-9 February in Orlando, Florida, at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center...

Earth’s H2O Status Report

While 1.8 billion people have Internet access, nearly one billion people lack access to adequate amounts of fresh water, according to a comprehensive new Living Planet report by...

10 Trends & Updates in Biofuel

If you're having trouble keeping up with the fast-paced changes in biofuels, the following ten blurbs and links should provide a useful snapshot of biofuel trends. Read on for...

Purdue University wins YCOSST P3 Award

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.

Earth Day at the College of Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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...

Oregon Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Trouble

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]

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

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

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

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.

Making Fracking Water Drinkable Again

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

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

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

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

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

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...
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