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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 Food Innovation and Engineering (FOODIE) Conference

December 8-10, 2019
The Food Innovation & Engineering Conference (FOODIE), hosted by AIChE’s Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering Division (Division 15), will offer a chance for people from multiple disciplines (including food engineers, neurobiologists, physiologists, members of supply chain, and more, as well as chefs, restauranteurs, and foodies alike) to network and share ideas to improve the food world.

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.

An Introduction to Vapor Intrusion

July
2019
Environmental Management
Tracy L. Repp, Brooke N. Voeller, Jeffrey A. Bolin
Vapor intrusion (VI) occurs when contaminants in soil or groundwater drift into a building or facility through cracks and seams in the foundation. This article describes steps to mitigate VI at your facility.

Technical Entity Trends: Singapore’s Food for Thought

July
2019
Technical Entity Trends
Dejuanah Collymore
By reducing, reusing, and recycling, we hope to mitigate our landfill impact as much as possible. We are careful to recycle any cans or bottles that we use throughout the day and often take the time to separate paper from plastic waste. But in most...

Jeff Erikson on Carbon Management

June 26, 2019

Jeff Erikson of the Global CCS Institute shares thoughts on top trends in carbon management and discusses goals for the Carbon Management Technology Conference.

May 2019 CEP Preview

May 15, 2019

This month, a look at chemical engineering in the food industry, along with tips for industrial insulation, dealing with vapor-phase idealities in chemical process simulations, and more.

Pipeline Safety

Archived Webinar
Apr 24, 2019
Are you interested in learning how to manage pipeline integrity safety? In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn how pipeline operators might use the outputs of risk assessment to better support...

WISE Interns Present Policy Recommendations on Energy Topics

October 28, 2011

In the Cecil Award Lecture, sponsored by the Environmental Division, Mikkel Vandebergh and Anita Luong presented on policy topics they had researched this summer as participants in the Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE) program.

Putting Pressure on Food

May
2019
SBE Special Section
V.M. (Bala) Balasubramaniam, Nitin Nitin, Kathiravan Krishnamurthy, Alifdalino Sulaiman
The food industry has embraced high-pressure processing (HPP) as a food safety technology. HPP may also help satisfy consumer demand for clean-label products that are safe, nutritious, and don’t include synthetic chemicals.

Single-Cell Proteins as Aquaculture Feed

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Alon Karpol, Shawn Jones, Bryan Tracy
The demand for aquaculture seafood is expected to increase to feed the growing global population. Producing this food source will require a supply of advanced protein ingredients to supplement or replace fishmeal. Single-cell proteins (SCP) could meet this need while leveraging the corn ethanol industry.

Small-Scale Winemaking

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Kerry Shiels
Winemaking at small scales can produce wines of distinction. Finding and managing exceptional vineyard sites is a critical first step in the winemaking process. Good grapes coupled with small-scale fermentations and smart cellar practices can produce compelling and interesting wines.

Engineering Frozen Desserts

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Richard Hartel
The scraped-surface freezer is at the core of ice cream production. Understanding and controlling this operation and the storage conditions of the final product are critical to creating the smooth and creamy treat consumers expect.

Challenges and Opportunities in a Legacy Sector

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Harold H. Schmitz, Francesca D’Cruz
The food industry currently favors established companies, methods, and technologies, but increasing consumer interest in health and sustainability is demanding innovation. This is an opportunity for companies that can provide transformative innovation and disrupt the status quo.

Changing Tastes

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Elizabeth Pavone
Jell-O salads — neatly chopped vegetables, canned or fresh fruits, and cubes of meat or fish encased in shiny gelatin shaped into decorative molds — have, as Laura Shapiro says in her book Perfection Salad, “congealed in the decorative mold of history.” The once-ubiquitous buffet staple owed its popularity to the invention of instant gelatin around the turn of the 20th century.

Functional Surfaces in Food Processing

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Stephen M. C. Ritchie, Mainara Costa-Teixeira, Ryan M. Summers
Food contacts many inert surfaces that direct flow or induce turbulence during processing. These surfaces could be modified to provide additional capabilities. The feed spacer material of spiral-wound membranes used in dairy applications is one such surface that could be functionalized to mitigate bacterial growth.
Sharon Beshouri (left) receives AIChE's 2019 AGILE Award from AIChE President Kimberly Ogden.

Beshouri Receives AIChE's Award for Government and Industry Leaders

April 1, 2019

Sharon Beshouri, President of Shell Global Solutions (U.S.), Inc., has received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award. She set the stage for the conference with her welcome keynote lecture entitled “Embracing Transitions Today: Assuring a Robust Future Tomorrow.”

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.

Editorial: Resolve to Better the Planet

April
2019
Editorial
Elizabeth Pavone
Much like New Year’s, spring is a time many of us resolve to improve. After spending winter indoors, it feels natural to celebrate the season of renewal by overhauling our homes. We dust, organize, and clear out clutter, bagging piles in trash bags...

The Good Food Institute: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet Allison Berke, Liz Specht, and Elliot Swartz of the Good Food Institute, and learn more about the development of plant-based and cell-based meat products.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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, "...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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