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About EFS

Engineers Forum on Sustainability (EFS) is a working group of the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES).  EFS is supported by AIChE's Institute for Sustainability, and chaired by Subhas Sikdar (Associate Director for Science, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). See sponsoring societies

Mission

The mission of the Forum, established in 1997, is "To help promote the principles and practice of sustainable development by:

  1. providing a meeting place for interdisciplinary discussion and exchange of information;
  2. identifying and distributing information on engineering education programs that incorporate sustainable development;
  3. encouraging practicing engineers to apply sustainable development principles and participate in sustainable development programs and activities at local, regional, and national levels; and
  4. keeping abreast of international developments that can contribute to global sustainability.

Operations

The Forum meets 3 times a year at the National Academy of Engineering. Meetings are typically on a Friday morning, normally in conjunction with the AAES IntAC, which meets that same afternoon in the same conference room. The agenda for each meeting is sent in advance to all interested parties. The meetings include presentations by distinguished speakers on various aspects of sustainability planning, design, construction, and operation. Speakers are encouraged to provide electronic copies of their presentations for use on the websites of the co-sponsors.

A Forum newsletter is prepared after each meeting and distributed by e-mail to an extensive list of interested people. The newsletter summarizes the Forum meeting presentations and includes other articles of interest related to sustainability, grouped by the following categories; Government, Academia, International, Professional, and Other Organizations and Developments.

The Forum has never made public policy statements, and is not equipped to do so since it has no voting authority, arrangements, or systems. Should it ever determine that a public policy statement is required, it would first consult AAES for guidance, including ExCom or Board approval as appropriate.

Funding and Expenses

The Forum does not seek or receive any direct funding. Volunteers and staff of the sponsoring societies provide all needed resources: divide up the various duties, including maintaining websites and e-mail distributon lists, paying for coffee service at the meetings, and preparing and distributing the Forum agendas and newsletters.

Sponsoring Societies

EFS is currently co-sponsored by:

All AAES member societies, and other societies and individuals with an interest in sustainable engineering education and practice are welcome to participate in the Forum meetings. For more information on EFS or to get involved, contact us here.