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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.

Concentrating Solar Power: Solar Energy on Demand

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 2:00pm-3:00pm
Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a solar electricity generation technology that captures and stores the sun’s energy in the form of heat, using materials that are low cost and materially stable for decades. This makes CSP with thermal energy storage (TES) an effective solution to a key challenge...

Biolubricants Development, Formulation and Friction Test

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:30pm-5:00pm
Biolubricants have exhibited a lot of advantages over the conventional lubricants: excellent lubricity, minimizing of corrosion of metal surfaces,...

Benefits of Novel Cooling Water Chemicals on Refinery Economics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 1:30pm-3:00pm
Some 35 years ago phosphate and zinc based programs emerged as the cooling water treatment technology of choice when the industry was strongly...

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

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 9:45am-10:30am
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.

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...

Microbial Conversion of Methane to Electricity

May 22, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have engineered a strain of bacteria that is the key to converting methane to electricity. The researchers' goal was to eliminate the need to transport...

Earth Day: Saturday, April 22

April 18, 2017
This year Earth Day focuses on climate and environmental science literacy and will include a Science March and teach-ins in Washington, D.C.

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 small plant which raises the question: What will happen to the chemical industry when the plant is not fed from a...

How Our Communities Collect Waste and Recyclables

Archived Webinar
Sep 2, 2015
The presentation provides an overview on collecting solid waste (SW) from the curb in front of your home to the point of processing and/or disposal. It includes a brief history of how the industry has transitioned from horse and buggy to modern collecting methods. We discuss the various methods...

Status of Waste Processing and Conversion Technologies

Archived Webinar
Jun 3, 2015
This webinar provides an overview of the status of the processing and conversion technologies in the US. It includes a review of the most significant technology and equipment providers as well as the most recent projects in the US. It provides insightful information on the level of development of...

Treating Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Waters

Archived Webinar
Dec 11, 2013
This presentation reviews membrane separation processes that could be used to treat hydraulic fracturing flowback waters. The advantages and limitations of these processes are highlighted. Data from commercial treatment facilities is also presented.

Water Reuse Challenges and Hydraulic Fracturing

Archived Webinar
Dec 4, 2013
GE Water & Process Technologies offers a broad product and solutions portfolio that addresses water challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing. This webinar discusses: Key technical and community challenges of hydraulic fracturing The drilling and production water life cycle GE’s fixed and...

Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products

Archived Webinar
Apr 3, 2013
This presentation will review Consumer Reports (CR) recently completed testing project studying the levels of arsenic in rice and rice products.

New Materials for Membrane Separations

Archived Webinar
Mar 13, 2013
In this webinar, Dr. Richard D. Noble - the co-director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Membrane Applied Science Technology and co-author of Membrane Separations Technology: Priniciples and Applications - discusses new materials for membrane separations.

Solutions for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Archived Webinar
Jan 30, 2013
This presentation focuses on the critical components of a truly sustainable operation . . . safety, environment, energy, capital management, and asset productivity.

Marcellus Shale Gas Wastewater Reuse and Recycle

Archived Webinar
Oct 3, 2012
This webinar provides background on how water is used for drilling and hydraulic fracturing and includes a review of hydraulic fracturing fluid composition and flowback and produced water quantity and composition.

EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule: Lessons Learned

Archived Webinar
Sep 12, 2012
A lot has changed since the EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule was issued in 2010. Under the rule, thousands of facilities were required to collect and report emissions data – or face potential criminal penalties. Now that the first year of monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions under the...

On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment

Archived Webinar
Aug 1, 2012
An Appalachian State University research team, is innovating the field of biological water treatment by applying a proven technology to salon and spa wastewater to create functional, multipurpose, "living art" within a small business environment. In this informative webinar you will learn how to "...

Green Design, Green Energy, and Sustainability

Archived Webinar
Jan 25, 2012
This webinar presents a systems analysis perspective that extends the traditional design framework to green design, green energy and industrial ecology leading to sustainability.

Fracking: The Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale

Archived Webinar
Nov 15, 2011
Led by experts from academia, government and industry, this interactive Web Forum presents an overview of the history, the current state of development and a look into the future of natural gas shale and its extraction, along with implications of the environmental and water impacts.

Resilience and Sustainable Development

Archived Webinar
Sep 21, 2011
This webinar discusses the challenges of sustainable development, and gives examples of current research on life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, and supply chain resilience.

Integrated Complexes - A Luxury or Business Necessity?

Archived Webinar
Sep 1, 2011
The presentation will cover the refining and petrochemical industry trends, the challenges to staying in business and be profitable in the marketplace, industry impacts, the opportunities for synergy and the business case for integration. Please note the audio quality is low.

2011 AIChE WISE Intern Presentations

Archived Webinar
Aug 3, 2011
In this webinar, the interns from the 2011 AIChE WISE program (Washington Internships for Student Engineering) present projects focusing on energy issues in the United States.

Current Trends in Industrial Sustainability: An AIChE Web Forum

Archived Webinar
Jul 14, 2011
Corporations, universities and the government are all starting to embrace and implement the concept of sustainability. Attend this Web Forum to learn about what’s happening from the industry and government leaders, and discover how the engineering and construction industry is moving towards...

Life Cycle Analysis Tools and Applications for Sustainability

Archived Webinar
Jun 22, 2011
This webinar provides an overview of life cycle analysis tools and applications drawing upon two decades of experience at the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems. Life cycle models provide a comprehensive basis for measuring sustainability performance and guiding environmental and...

Embedding Sustainability in GlaxoSmithKline's Operations

Archived Webinar
May 11, 2011
This presentation covers an overview of the Materials Guides with information and EHS ranking on a wide range of solvents and bases and the life cycle impacts associated with solvent manufacture.

Natural Gas Future

Archived Webinar
Apr 7, 2011
Natural gas, at prices significantly below BTU parity with oil for a long time to come, will certainly play a pivotal role in world energy supply and will move towards becoming the premier fuel of the world economy. A significant feature of future gas prices is that they are likely to be technology...

Credentials for Sustainability Professionals

Archived Webinar
Dec 8, 2010
In order to effect more positive and faster advancements in the sustainability arena, the speaker suggests that the sustainability community must address two fundamental components.

Critical Water Issues for the Chemical Process Industries

Archived Webinar
Nov 17, 2010
David Klanecky, global director of research and development for Dow Water & Process Solutions, provides an overview of the resins and water filtration technologies helping chemical process industries to make the most of the water we have today without risking the supplies of tomorrow.

The Water-Energy Nexus: Emerging Issues and Challenges

Archived Webinar
Aug 18, 2010
This webinar provides an overview of water and energy interdependencies, as well as examples of emerging US and international water and energy related challenges, and discusses the potential local and regional conflicts that could emerge.

Using Catalytic Nanoparticles to Clean Water

Archived Webinar
Apr 15, 2010
In this talk, I will describe our work in improving the feasibility of these NP catalysts for groundwater remediation and in understanding how the gold enhances the Pd catalytic activity so dramatically.

An Integrated Waste Management System for a Sustainable Society

Archived Webinar
Feb 24, 2010
What are the hallmarks of an effective integrated was.te management system? How do we best create one for a sustainable society? This webinar provides an overview of the sustainable attributes of an integrated waste management system and the essential role of thermal treatment with energy recovery...

Grand Challenges in Sustainable Biofuels Production

Archived Webinar
Apr 22, 2009
It is now clear that, for many reasons, corn has serious limitations as feedstock for biofuel production. While cellulosic biomass can potentially provide a sizable fraction of the US liquid fuel needs for transportation, current technologies must be further improved to realize cost-competitive...

Changes in the Energy Market and Their Impact on the Chemical Industry

Archived Webinar
Apr 14, 2009
Unprecedented volatility in the price of feedstocks and concerns over global warming have spurred the search for economically viable and environmentally sound alternatives. How are these forces impacting the chemical industry? How will scientists and chemical engineers solve the world's problems in...

A Perspective on the World's Energy Challenge

Archived Webinar
Apr 6, 2009
Modern life depends upon the availability of plentiful energy at reasonable cost. Life styles, industries, agriculture, health care all assume availability of energy on demand. Is this situation sustainable? These days we see daily headlines, news articles, and commentaries about energy issues...

Green Engineering: Perspectives, Challenges and Tools

Archived Webinar
Jan 6, 2009
It is impossible to imagine modern life without the products provided by the petrochemical industry. These products are used in health care, consumer products, transportation, food processing, electronics, and construction. Yet, the same chemical processes that produce materials also generate...
Cover of March 2017 CEP – Cover Feature: Work-Life Balance

March 2017 CEP Preview

March 13, 2017
This month's CEP Magazine looks at managing a healthy and enjoyable work-life balance, along with features on safely servicing relief devices and on improving production...

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