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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.

An Osmotic Membrane Dehumidifier

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 17, 2011
OSMOTIC MEMBRANE DEHUMIDIFIER It has long been known that relying on a vapor compression system to cool air down to the dew point in order to...

Agency - Friend or Foe?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
Permitting a new plant, process, or modification can be daunting task. Early presentation and meetings with the Agency can help you climb the paperwork hill. In this session, a brief description of the various Bureaus and how they interact will be presented. Further information will be provided on the Bureau of Air which has the most complex rules and regulations.

Creating Chemistry for a Sustainable Supply Chain

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 7, 2010
BASF, the world's leading chemical company, has a strong history of programs to foster sustainable development, including our eco-efficiency life...

Stripper Configurations for CO2 Capture by Aqueous Amines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
A monumental task for improving the feasibility of carbon capture from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants is reducing the total energy cost. A...

Theoretical Screening Good Sorbents for CO2 Separation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
Carbon dioxide is the major product from coal combustion and is released into the air and causes global climate warming which we are facing today...

Deployment of ZeaChem's Sustainable Biorefinery

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
Increased emphasis is being placed on renewable, sustainable, domestic forms of energy, including transportation fuels, at national, state and local...

On the Solubility of Mercury in Liquid Hydrocarbons

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
The solubility of Hgo was determined in 34 pure hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon mixtures, crude oils, and water from -65oC to +65oC (where each solvent...

Mercury Control with Regenerative Activated Coke Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Many issues face coal fired utilities with respect to environmental demands, some based on regulations and others based on local pressures. These...

Water Sustainability Plenary

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
This special plenary session will feature invited speakers to provide a summary of water law and policy that will provide attendees with a better...

Hydrogen Production, Storage and Utilization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2009
Papers on challenges and opportunities in hydrogen from renewable resources. The U.S. Dept of Energy Hydrogen Program: Status and Performance Gaps of...

August 2017 CEP Preview

August 21, 2017

Meet the 35 ChemEs honored in the AIChE 35 Under 35, brush up on adsorption, learn about condition monitoring, and much more.

Help AIChE Craft Its Climate Policy

August 7, 2017

Help AIChE update its climate policy by following the upcoming series of blog posts, Engage discussions, and CEP articles on the topic.

Trends in Corporate Sustainability

August
2017
Critical Issues
Mary Ellen Ternes
Motivated by legal and regulatory requirements, as well as by financial incentives for taking voluntary actions, many companies are embracing more proactive risk-management methods and building sustainability practices into their business models.

July 2017 CEP Preview

July 10, 2017

This month features a special section on solar energy, with a look at concentrating solar thermal (CST), solar thermochemical energy storage (CSP), and more.

Future Fuels and Chemicals: Grand Challenges and Opportunities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
To insure a Sustainable Future, CO 2 emissions must be reduced despite strong future growth in demand. “Easy oil” from conventional production will...

Estimating Air Emission Rates

July
2017
Environmental Management
Marc Karell, P. E.
Stack testing, material balances, emission factors, and engineering equations are the most common methods that can be used to estimate air emissions.

Catalyzing Commercialization: A Graphene-Based Sensor Monitors Water Quality in Real Time

July
2017
Catalyzing Commercialization
The devastating water crisis in Flint, MI, brought into focus the widespread issues plaguing U.S. water supply systems. As the water infrastructure continues to age, distribution pipes are deteriorating, potentially leaching toxic heavy metals and other contaminants into drinking water. Upgrading U.S. water systems will take years and trillions of dollars. In the meantime, to safeguard public health, it is crucial to monitor heavy metals and other contaminants throughout the water supply — particularly at the point of use.

AIChE and the Paris Climate Agreement

June 2, 2017

Many AIChE member engineers and their companies have supported US participation in the Paris Agreement, from which the US is now withdrawing.

Technical Entity Trends: Engineering a Sustainable World

June
2017
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Alexander
The United Nations (UN) led a global effort to develop 17 ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs) that tackle some of the greatest challenges facing people and the planet. These goals (see box) were adopted by a majority of countries around the world in 2015, including the U.S.

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