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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.

Two Approaches to Desalination

March 31, 2010
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...

Arsenic: “King of Poisons” in Food and Water

May 15, 2013
For centuries, arsenic has been known to be a classic poison, causing deaths of many historic figures. While now just a murder-mystery cliché to many, arsenic is still actually...

Sustainability Reconsidered - the Technology Link

October 21, 2010
Sustainability is of great interest but it means many different things to different people. One of the aspects of sustainability is Corporate Social Responsibility . In this area...

Tour of NYC's Croton Water Filtration Plant

June 9, 2011
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...

High-Powered Plasma Turns Garbage into Gas

August 14, 2012
As America's dump-truck-accessible landfill spaces fill to the brim with garbage, the nation's $12.5 billion trash hauling king turned to a 52-year-old chemical engineer with a...

GE and BP Wind Energy Celebrate Milestones

January 3, 2013
As US wind-energy developers raced to finish projects before the renewable energy tax credit expired on January 1st, GE installed its 20,000th wind turbine. And now a new twist...

Breakthrough in Organic Fuel-Cell Catalysts

October 9, 2012
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...

Using UV Light to Purify Water

May 27, 2010
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial culture on an Xylose Lysine Sodium Deoxycholate (XLD) agar plate. Most water treatment plants use chlorine to clean tapwater. The main drawback to...

Scottish Surge in Wave-Energy Innovations

December 1, 2011
In Europe offshore wind is the great blustery hope among the political class, with new projects announced weekly. But lately, scientists have begun to pay attention to ocean waves...

Electricity and the Environment

July 11, 2014
Fossil fuels will continue to play an important part in electricity generation, and this opens the doors for many opportunities for young chemical engineers.

High-Tech Flywheels Help Bring Stability to Grid

March 20, 2015
Pioneering flywheel developer Beacon Power is becoming one of the success stories of the evolving power grid. Its flywheels help to correct the obvious shortcomings of grid 1.0 by...

Changing the Future of Coal?

March 20, 2014
The Kemper plant gasifier technology is very different. It can convert low quality brown coal into into synthesis gas, while removing 65 percent of the CO2.

Space for Ethics in Sustainability?

April 19, 2010
A First Time for Everything Last month, the local Puget Sound section of AIChE, with help from other Washington state AIChE sections, organized the first event of its kind for the...

Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2011

January 13, 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...

Google is For the Birds... But just for today...

April 26, 2011
Google's logo for today, April 26, 2011, honors the birthday of John James Audubon , a French-American artist, ornithologist, and naturalist born in 1785. He was famous for...

Closing the Lifecycle Loop on Critical Materials

November 5, 2012
The U.S. is highly dependent on foreign countries for rare earth elements (REEs) and strategic and critical materials (S&CMs). Dr. Tedd Lister and Dr. Eric Peterson of the...

First Solar Snaps Up Silicon Startup TetraSun

May 21, 2013
For thin-film mega-company First Solar, the two-year crisis caused by the solar module supply glut may be almost over. The largest manufacturer of solar panels in the United...

Energy Management and Efficiency for the Process Industries

April, 2015
Editors Alan P. Rossiter and Beth P. Jones have gathered material that lays out the underlying management and technical issues that drive successful industrial energy management program. With a foreword by the Hon. Charles D. McConnell, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, the book provides a clear understanding of both scope of the opportunity and the available methodologies for capturing energy savings.

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.

CEP: News Update

December
2014
News Update
Fossil Fuels Inspire Clean-Hydrogen Catalyst; Organic Solar Cells Heat Up; Biomass Waste Gets Upgraded; New Technique Puts Catalysts on the Right Track; and more.

CEP: News Update

December
2013
News Update
Made-to-Order Materials Move Forward; 3D Photonic Crystal Stands Up to the Heat; Battery Electrode Acquires Self-Healing Power; GHG Emissions Decline as Power Plants Switch to Natural Gas; and more.

Best Practices for Hazardous-Waste Management

August
2008
Environmental Management
Isaac Powell
A waste generator can reduce the risks of incurring financial penalties and damage to its reputation by implementing these hazardous-waste determination, vendor management and document control programs.

Genetically Modified Crops

September
2005
Critical Issues
John Shave
Viewpoint #1 Regulate the Product, Not the Process by Gregory Conko Viewpoint #2 Not All Sugar & Spice

Minimize Wastes from Specialty Chemical Processes

January
2008
Environmental Management
Michael Cipullo, Jeffrey Mueller
Use this holistic approach as the basis for a process development strategy to identify environmentally sound, cost-effective, low-waste-generating processes.
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