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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.

Right-Sizing Environmental Controls

June
2006
Environmental Management
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E. Joseph Duckett
Size does matter - and bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to pollution control. It is more important to be the right size than the largest size.

Controlling Emissions During Cold Furnace Startup

February
2007
Environmental Management
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Charles E. Baukal Jr.
Jianhui Hong
Wes Bussman
Richard T. Waibel
High carbon monoxide emissions from a furnace while its temperature is being ramped up can exceed permit limits if appropriate measures are not taken. Here are a few suggestions.

Implementing an EHS Management Information System

May
2004
Information Technology
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Jill Barson Gilbert
Information technology issues are just as important as business and environmental, health and safety considerations. Follow these ten tips to deply an effective EMIS with a positive return on investment.

Avoid Common Pitfalls When Using Henry's Law

September
2007
Environmental Management
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Francis L. Smith
Allan H. Harvey
Here is practical guidance on the use of Henry's law in engineering calculations and how to account for the temperature dependence of the Henry's constant— which is often ignored but which can be crucial for accurate process design.

Understand the Fundamentals of Wastewater Treatment

October
2011
Back To Basics
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Mukesh Doble
Venkatachalam Geetha
Wastewater treatment technologies range from membrane filtration to UV radiation to activated sludge. Compare their advantages and disadvantages to select the appropriate methods for your application.

Specifying Vessels for High-Pressure Dust Collectors

October
2005
Environmental Management
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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.

Incorporating Sustainability into Chemical Engineering Education

January
2009
Special Section
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David T. Allen
Cynthia F. Murphy
Braden R. Allenby
Cliff I. Davidson
This benchmarking study of the types of courses offered and the material being taught sheds light on what the engineering profession regards as sustainability.

How Sustainable are Your PSM Processes?

June
2003
Safety
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Martin C. Welch
R. Bruce Hartman
Use this audit procedure to evaluate the current performance of your process safety management processes as well as their future viability.

Reduce Your Plant’s Water Footprint

April
2011
Critical Issues
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David L. Nystuen
Water footprint reduction and water pollution prevention are integral to any environmental sustainability initiative. Use this rigorous, systematic process to conduct a baseline water assessment that integrates water pollution prevention and water...

Develop and Maintain Your Environmental Management System

July
2008
Environmental Management
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Kristin M. Malosh
Achieving and maintaining ISO 14000 certification for an environmental management system (EMS) is a difficult task that can be made easier by following these suggestions.

Green Factories for Pharmaceuticals

January
2003
Special Section
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Rita D'Aquino
A number of companies are honing techniques to produce a wide variety of pharmaceuticals, such as therapeutic proteins and monoclonal antibodies in plants.

Use Cascade Analysis to Optimize Water Networks

July
2006
Environmental Management
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Dominic Chwan Yee Foo
Zainuddin Abdul Manan
Yin Ling Tan
This numerical technique for identifying fresh water and wastewater targets eliminates the tedious and time-consuming steps of graphical targeting approaches. Use it to complement the graphical techniques in the design and retrofit of water networks.

Audit Your Emissions Inventory

January
2010
Environmental Management
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Jeffrey H. Siegell
Some emissions reports include data that are based on faulty assumptions and methodologies. This article presents an effective approach to auditing your emissions inventory to maximize the representativeness of the reports you submit. <br>

Understand the Emerging Issue of Vapor Intrusion

October
2007
Environmental Management
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Matthew Traister
The migration of vapors from contaminated groundwater and soil into aboveground buildings can adversely affect indoor air quality by creating an exposure pathway that may not have been addressed previously.

Identification of Cleaner Production Improvement Opportunities

February, 2006
Regardless of its size or nature, every industry generates waste and is responsible for imple-menting the practices of pollution prevention and waste minimization in its day-to-day operations. Whether it's dirty water or toxic wastes, industrial pollution is all the same in one way: it reduces a...

Profiles in Flue Gas Desulfurization

January, 2000
As the need to control process emissions has increased, so have the number of FGD treatment and control strategies. The effectiveness of these treatments vary greatly, depending the types and levels of the materials, as well as the size of the facility. Profiles in Flue Gas Desulfurization will...
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