(668e) Sustainability in the Analysis, Synthesis, and Design of Chemical Engineering Processes

Ruiz-Mercado, G., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cabezas, H., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

There are current interests (societal, economic, and environmental) in incorporating sustainability at the early stages in the life of an industrial project (with multiple system-level perspectives), and there is strong interest in the educational aspects of protecting human health, communities, and the environment. The aim of this conference session is to contribute to the engineering technical community by incorporating sustainability concepts such as social responsibility, pollution prevention, materials management, green chemistry and engineering, life cycle assessment, and industrial ecology along with conventional engineering knowledge and foundations (chemical production, mass and energy transfer, reaction, separation, process design, control and optimization, Process/product health, safety and hazard, etc.). The goal is to demonstrate the development of new approaches with high influence that are more sustainable, easier to adopt, and less complex making it easier to design for sustainability. In general, some of the session presentations are related to many of the concepts, tools and applications in the areas of sustainable material management, product development, life cycle assessment (LCA) & LCA tools, material reuse, material and energy efficiency, decision making, etc. This conference technical session will serve as an invaluable source of information and concepts as society continues to implement the concepts associated with Sustainable Materials Management.