Sustainability & Environment


AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals

The AIChE Institute for Sustainability (IfS) program offers engineers and other qualified professionals a specialized Credential in Sustainability. The IfS with its many equals established a baseline definition of what Sustainability entails, 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.

2019 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 10-15, 2019
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

A Better Burger

January 22, 2019

Join us for a detailed look into meat alternatives for a healthier environment.

Meet Process Engineer Robert Nunley

January 8, 2018

Welcome to the first in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

The ChE in Context: Perspectives on Industrial Water Reuse

The ChE in Context
Yoram Cohen
Among all of engineering’s grand challenges, those related to water resources must be among the most fundamental. The drive toward water sustainability is a major undertaking that chemical engineers have embraced.

New Process for Bioplastic with Low Water Impact

December 28, 2018

Researchers have devised a method for creating a polymer from marine microorganisms that completely recycles into organic waste. What’s more, the process itself has a very low environmental impact.

Body of Knowledge in Sustainability Overview

eLearning (online) Course
Take this online course to understand the concepts and tools that define professional competency in the increasingly important area of sustainability...

Technical Entity Trends: The Food Industry Responds to Consumer Demands

Technical Entity Trends
Sean Liu
Consumers have grown used to having information at their fingertips, which has bred greater awareness about healthy eating and demand for transparency. The food industry must contend with global population growth that will require increased output,...

Editorial: Clean Water: What is it Worth?

Emily Frangenberg
This is an expanded version of the editorial that appears in the November 2018 issue of CEP I’m no stranger to funky water. I grew up on well water in rural Maryland — where a sulfurous, rotten-egg smell would greet me every morning at the bathroom...

CEP: News Update

News Update
Army Research Lab Uses Discarded Plastic to 3D Print Supplies Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have developed a way to use discarded plastic waste as starting material for additive manufacturing on army bases. Wristband Can...

October 2018 CEP Preview

October 18, 2018

This issue, learn how to give a great presentation, look at top chemE's predictions for the future of the profession, delve into deep learning, and much more.

Product Stewardship

eLearning (online) Course
Gain new insight into the practice of product stewardship from the perspective of chemical product manufacturers. You’ll learn the concepts, practice...

The ChE in Context: Member Voices Shaping AIChE’s Climate Change Policy

The ChE in Context
Mary Ellen Ternes
Last year, AIChE’s Board of Directors asked the Public Affairs and Information Committee (PAIC) to engage AIChE members in a Climate Change Policy Review, in response to stakeholders’ requests that AIChE revise its 2014 Climate Change Policy...

Consider Wet Scrubbers for Pollution Control

Environmental Management
Gregory D. MacLeod, P.E.
Three main types of wet scrubbers are used in the chemical process industries (CPI) to remove contaminants from gas streams. The differences and suggested applications for each are discussed here.
Roadmapping provides a structured and focused method to carve out a space within the broad topic of water processing where chemical and bio-related engineers can play a role.

A Water Roadmap for Chemical Engineers

July 30, 2018

Water is one of the most important resources in the chemical process industries (CPI), presenting both opportunities as well as compliance obligations.

Upgrading Natural Gas Technology

July 23, 2018

Condensing natural gas into a liquid, nonflammable form through natural gas upgrading is key to expanding natural gas production.

Repackaging the Planet

June 14, 2018

Current plastic recycling efforts just aren't enough, but new solutions are evolving in response to public awareness and outrage.

How to Sell the Value of Digitalization with MPC

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
Often engineers struggle with selling the value of their ideas on solving problems. This can be compounded when the solution involves new digital...

Project Changes in Gas Monetization: Pitfalls or Success

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Looking at potential Gas Monetization projects can be a daunting task. What can make them more daunting is the prospect of changes in the development...

CEP: News Update

News Update
Dragonflies Inspire a New Way To Create and Dry Aerogels When a dragonfly emerges from its underwater larval stage and stretches out its wings for the first time, those wings are as soft as jelly. But after a mere hour or so, they are solid and...

Technical Entity Trends: Repackaging the Planet

Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Lyudmila Alexander
Dramatic images of plastic floating in our oceans and stories of its detriment to marine life have drawn the public’s attention to the plastics industry and, especially, plastic packaging — which accounts for 26% of all plastics used by volume. The...

Earth Day 2018

April 22, 2018

This year's Earth Day coincides with the opening of AIChE's Spring Meeting and the 14th Global Congress on Global Safety. #AIChESpring #GCPS

Technical Entity Trends: A Water Roadmap for Chemical Engineers

Technical Entity Trends
Michelle Bryner
Water is one of the most important resources in the chemical process industries (CPI) — presenting both opportunities as well as compliance obligations. It is involved in a broad range of operations, including separations, product recovery,...

PAIC Climate Task Force: General Approaches

August 9, 2017

The AIChE PAIC’s Climate Change Task Force welcomes you to the first discussion, taking place on AIChE Engage's Discussion Central! This first discussion is designed to allow initial focus on a few general approaches and project principles, including appropriate levels of scientific certainty, the status of popular opinion on climate change, and also the international context of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the Paris Accord (also known as the Paris Agreement).

CEP: News Update

News Update
Vaccine Boosts Immune System Response to Cancer Cancer can be difficult to treat because its highly proliferative cells spread throughout the body, effectively evading the immune system’s surveillance. One opportunity that scientists are pursuing...

AIChE Journal Highlight: Innovating Food to Suit Consumers’ Needs

Journal Highlight
Food engineering (FE) has been important in bringing ubiquitous, abundant, safe, varied, and cheap food to a large proportion of the world’s population. However, modern consumers expect food suppliers ( e.g., food processing industries, food service...

Technical Entity Trends: Innovate for a Better Future

Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Lyudmila Alexander, Hailey Murphy, Amro Tambal, Derrick Wu
Steve Jobs is quoted as saying, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” AIChE’s Technical Entities, which cover a wide variety of topics that include food, energy, water, sustainability, and biological engineering, are at the...
Torresol Energy’s Gemasolar CSP plant in southern Spain. [image - NREL]

Concentrating Solar Power: Solar Energy on Demand

Archived Webinar
Jun 21, 2017
Can a power plant ever expect to reliably provide solar power on demand—even when it’s nighttime or cloudy? Find out here. Join National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Craig Turchi...

Biolubricants Development, Formulation and Friction Test

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Biolubricants have exhibited a lot of advantages over the conventional lubricants: excellent lubricity, minimizing of corrosion of metal surfaces,...

Energy-Industry Trends and Insights from the Wellhead to Downstream Products

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
HSB Solomon Associates LLC (Solomon) has conducted Comparative Performance Analyses™ (CPA™), also known as the Solomon studies, for over 35 years. These studies benchmark the Refining, Petrochemicals, Midstream, Upstream, and Electric Power industries, with the earliest studies starting in 1980.

Distributed Ammonia Synthesis

Archived Webinar
Dec 21, 2016
This 60-minute webinar describes a research project that takes wind—which is too far from urban areas to be used—and turns it into ammonia used on local farms. This project involves a...
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