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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.

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...

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...

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,...

EP&SE Publishes Special Section on Carbon Dioxide

February 6, 2019

The latest issue showcases the current thinking related to the reduction of carbon emissions, the utilization of CO2 that can ameliorate its presence and provide useful products, and storage options.

Optimize Plant Water Use from Your Desk

February
2019
Computational Methods
Dominic C. Y. Foo, P.E.
Water pinch analysis and mathematical programming can be carried out using only a spreadsheet to determine the optimal water system for your plant. Examples, including a shale gas to ethylene process, illustrate the concepts.

A Better Burger

January 22, 2019

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

The ChE in Context: Perspectives on Industrial Water Reuse

January
2019
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

November
2018
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?

November
2018
Editorial
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...

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

October
2018
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

October
2018
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...

Technical Entity Trends: Repackaging the Planet

May
2018
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

April
2018
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).

AIChE Journal Highlight: Innovating Food to Suit Consumers’ Needs

January
2018
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

January
2018
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...

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,...
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