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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.

A report from E3 2010: The Midwest’s Premier Energy, Environment and Economic Conference

December 14, 2010

Researchers, students, government officials, and nonprofit and business leaders from Minnesota and across the nation attended E3 2010, Tuesday, November 30 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. This year’s conference focused on the intersection among innovative technologies and policies, environmental benefits, and emerging market opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

Bioremediation: Cleaning Up Oil Spills to Spilled Beer -- Sorry Brawny

September 20, 2010

Just when events in the Gulf seemed dire, almost Biblical, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, (an apt Old Testament pun) reported that oil from the BP spill was rapidly breaking down. Many scientists were skeptical-- it smelled like spin. The post-Exxon Valdez consensus was directly challenged.

Treated Carbon Could Purify Fukushima Water

January 23, 2017

Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia report that oxidatively modified carbon (OMC) presents a way to purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated

Little Bio-Machinery to Solve Grand Challenges

January 3, 2017

As we approach ICBE 2017, which begins this weekend in San Diego, we look back at some of the exciting research that figured among 2016's highlights and look forward to the new developments to be unveiled at ICBE 2017.

Technical Entity Trends: Sustainability Careers for Chemical Engineers

January
2017
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Lyudmila Alexander
The Brundtland Commission (formerly known as the World Commission on Environment and Development) coined the term sustainable development in a 1987 report, defining it as “development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising...

Profile: Pursuing Science for the Public Good

December
2016
Profile
For Siddhartha “Sid” Roy, watching the Flint water crisis unfold and listening to the stories of its residents has emphasized the role the public should play in engineering and public health. “If we as engineers have a public-focused mindset, we...

October 2016 CEP Preview

October 11, 2016

This month's cover feature focuses on investigating process incidents as a means of preventing future incidents.

Technical Entity Trends: Please Drink Responsibly

October
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Lyudmila Alexander
The labels sustainable, biodynamic, organic, and natural are becoming almost as commonplace on wine bottles as the vintage. The addition of these descriptors only furthers wine’s reputation for ambiguity and complexity, but they have a real meaning...

Two Major Water Contamination Mysteries Solved

September 1, 2016

Few of her peers were surprised when Professor Joan Rose received 2016's Stockholm Water Prize in Geneva last March, which celebrated her career sleuthing, identifying, and eliminating dan

Worldwide Electric-Car Charging Network Ramps Up

August 5, 2016

As new electric vehicles (EVs) begin to flood the world's roads and highways, sold by a global who's-who of traditional car makers, it's important to remember that Nissan was the first

Viatimin B2 Inspires Flow Battery Discovery

July 26, 2016

Inspired by vitamin B2, researchers at Harvard have discovered a entire new class of high-performing organic molecules that can be used in flow batteries to store electricity from solar and wind power.

Deepwater Wind to Install First US Offshore Wind

July 15, 2016

Developer Deepwater Wind is on the verge of launching the first offshore wind farm in the US. Later this fall, when its five turbines finally power up off the coast of Rhode Island, it wi

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