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AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals

The AIChE Institute for Sustainability (IfS) is launching a program that offers engineers and other qualified professionals a specialized Credential in sustainability. The IfS 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.

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.

Nuclear Energy: Is there a future after Fukushima?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
The future of the global nuclear energy industry, while certainly not without its challenges, remains vibrant. Even as the industry contends with...

An Overview of the Global Desalination Situation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 10:30am-11:00am
According to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), one in three people globally endures some form of water scarcity, one-quarter of...

Green Diesel Production - An Overview

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Currently, there are two renewable diesel fuels available: biodiesel and green diesel. The biodiesel or FAME is the transesterification of vegetable...

Reducing CO2 Emissions From Refineries Through Chemistry Upgrade

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Despite the lack of a global greenhouse gas emission reduction agreement, regional schemes are moving forward to limit CO 2 and other GHG emissions...

Future Fuels and Chemicals: Grand Challenges and Opportunities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
To insure a Sustainable Future, CO 2 emissions must be reduced despite strong future growth in demand. “Easy oil” from conventional production will...

Optimal Charge Rates for a Lithium Ion Cell

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 8:00pm
Optimal Charge Rates for a Lithium Ion Cell Saeed Khaleghi Rahimian, Sean Rayman, Ralph E. White Department of Chemical Engineering, University of...

New Design for Advanced Zero Emission Power Plant Concept

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:00pm
The most significant anthropogenic greenhouse gas is CO 2 , which arises mainly from the use of fossil fuels. A new technology called Advanced Zero...

Pyrolytic Pathways to Advanced Biofuels

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:00pm
Pyrolysis is the thermal conversion of carbonaceous materials in the absence of molecular oxygen to liquids, solids and gases. In the most general...

Wood Pellets Self-Heating During Storage

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:00pm
Accidental fires in wood pellets silos happen frequently in the last five years. Experiments were carried out in this work at temperature range of...

An Osmotic Membrane Dehumidifier

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:00pm
OSMOTIC MEMBRANE DEHUMIDIFIER It has long been known that relying on a vapor compression system to cool air down to the dew point in order to...

2011 AIChE WISE Intern Presentations

Archived Webinar
Aug 3, 2011
In this webinar, the interns from the 2011 AIChE WISE program (Washington Internships for Student Engineering) present projects focusing on energy...

A Compact Integrated Warm Syngas Overall Cleanup System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 8, 2010 - 7:00pm
Gasification of coal or biomass to syngas followed by catalytic synthesis of ammonia, hydrocarbons or oxygenates provides a feasible strategy to meet...

Treatment of Produced Water Using Microbial Fuel Cells

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 7:00pm
Sustainable utilization of natural energy sources in the future will require development of technologies with minimal impact on the environment...

Mercury Control with Regenerative Activated Coke Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Many issues face coal fired utilities with respect to environmental demands, some based on regulations and others based on local pressures. These...

A Century of Separations: CO2 Recovery: Myth and Legend

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Carbon dioxide recovery will be the major challenge for the separations community for the foreseeable future. Various separations technologies are...

Technical Entity Trends: When Resources are Few

March
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Alexander
The food-energy-water (FEW) nexus, a concept that describes the interdependence of the world’s complex resource systems, has been drawing much interest and activity in the sustainability community recently. The food-energy-water nexus approach (or...

Specifying Vessels for High-Pressure Dust Collectors

October
2005
Environmental Management
Todd Russelburg
ASME codes and standards govern the design, fabrication, testing and certification of high-pressure dust collector vessels. This article will assist you in working with a code vessel designer and/or manufacturer.

Technical Entity Trends: Reducing GHGs through CCUS

February
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Derrick Wu
With a goal of limiting global temperature rise to 2°C above preindustrial levels, representatives from 195 countries met in Paris last year for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The participants negotiated the Paris...

Technical Entity Trends: Welcome to the TENT

January
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Alexander, Derrick Wu
Welcome to Technical Entity Trends (TENT), a new monthly CEP column written by the staff of AIChE’s Technical Entities (TEs). The TEs are communities of chemical engineers and other professionals that address some of society’s grand challenges:...

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

November, 2013
Green Chemistry and Engineering presents the green approach as an essential tool for tacking problems in chemistry. This text covers introductory concepts in general, organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry as well as biochemistry.

Meeting the Needs of the Water-Energy Nexus

April
2011
Critical Issues
Snehal Desai , David A. Klanecky
Water is required to produce energy, and energy is required to make use of water — the two are, and always will be, inextricably linked. Engineers must understand the water-energy nexus in order to manage both efficiently and sustainably.

Control Boiler Emissions through Work Practices and Energy Management

February
2014
Environmental Management
James Robinson
The Boiler MACT regulation provides compliance options that include pollution-abatement equipment, work practices, and energy efficiency improvements. An energy management and reporting system (EMRS) can be a part of a plant’s compliance strategy.

The Road to Sustainability

June
2007
Special Section
Darlene Schuster
What are some of the resources available to support industry's implementation of sustainability?

Submitting Your First GHG Report

March
2010
Environmental Management
Kristine Baranski, Mary Ellen Ternes
This overview of EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting rule explains the regulation’s requirements and suggests strategies for compliance. It also provides insights regarding enforcement and confidential business information.

Special Section: Measuring Sustainability - Full 24-Page Supplement

January
2015
Special Section
Beth Beloff, Botond Bertok, Heriberto Cabezas, Kevin Chin, Calvin B. Cobb, Ferenc Friedler, István Heckl, Reed M. Izatt , Darlene Schuster, Dicksen Tanzil
Sustainability: What We Measure We Can Improve; Sustainability Trends in the Chemical Industry; Use the P-graph Framework to Design Supply Chains for Sustainability; Recovering Metals from Electronic Wastes
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