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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.

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

April 2016 CEP Preview

April 7, 2016

This month, tips for including water conservation in your energy-management program, an introduction to mammalian cell culture, pointers for preventing caking of bulk solids, and much more.

The Global Coal Death-Spiral Picks Up Speed

March 30, 2016

Last year the world began to decisively shift away from using coal to produce electricity. This reached a symbolic climax last week when Scotland shut down its last coal-fired power plant

New Recyclable Bioplastic Outperforms ABS

March 28, 2016

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have devised a new plastic that is made with 50 percent renewable content from biomass.

Graphene Oxide Harnessed for Antibacterial Properties

March 3, 2016

A group of researchers in Italy are looking to graphene oxide for “green” anti-bacterial properties that could enhance medical devices and one day decrease the need for antibiotics to fight post-operative infections and reduce recovery times.

King of Morocco Plans to Export Solar Power to Europe

February 19, 2016

Two weeks ago, when the King of Morocco ceremonially switched on the Noor I concentrated solar plant (CSP), he was hoping to turn his country into a renewable energy powerhouse over the next ten ye

US Navy Green Fleet Makes Biofuels the New Normal

January 29, 2016

The US Navy's biofuel program has just launched a great success with the Great Green Fleet, which is fueled with a drop-in blend of biofuel from beef tallow and petroleum-based fuel.

Consider a Career in the Water Industry

January 20, 2016

Although not a traditional career route for chemical engineers, the water industry is a broad field that can offer both challenges and rewards.

Incandescent Bulb Reengineered for Efficiency

January 12, 2016

Researchers have found a way to funnel some of the incandescent bulb's wasted energy back into light production, boosting efficiency to a level that is comparable with current compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

General Motors' Private War on Coal

December 28, 2015

Several years ago, General Motors made a deal to turn Detroit municipal waste into steam, which helped to power one of its local plants in 2014.

How Desalination Created Modern Qatar

December 16, 2015

Imagine a country with abundant energy — primarily gas and oil — but lacking almost any drinking water (ground or surface), which is essential for the cities, infrastructure, and in Qat

Catalyst Opens Doors to New Bio-Based Plastics

December 14, 2015

Plastics manufacturers largely rely on crude oil to create isobutene in the production of plastics, but researchers at Washington State University have developed a catalyst to easily convert bio-ba

Masdar Launches Solar Desalination Pilot Program

December 11, 2015

Last month in the United Arab Emirates, Veolia Water Technologies and three other companies that have built some of the most advanced desalination technology in the world began operating a cluster

Canada Ready to Change Course on Climate Change

December 9, 2015

A breakthrough in the Paris climate talks suddenly seemed possible a year ago, after President Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping — representing the world's biggest polluters — pl

CNG Cars May Soon Have a Smart New Alternative

December 8, 2015

Jeffery Long, professor of chemistry and chemical and bimolecular engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues have devised a space-efficient natural-gas tank that can store the same amount of gas as bulky conventional tanks at a much lower pressure.

Texas Is Giving Away Wind Energy

November 30, 2015

Wind power is now so cheap in Texas that many energy retailers offer special deals that include free electricity at night after demand drops and the turbines are still pumping out electricity.

November 2015 CEP Preview

November 16, 2015

This month, CEP's cover feature is liquid-liquid extraction, and members and non-members alike can read the full article online. See the preview for more about this month's issue.

Apple to Bring SunPower's C7 Solar Technology to China

October 27, 2015

Last April Apple announced that all of its US facilities, and 87 percent of its worldwide operations, were completely powered by renewable energy, which showed that Apple was finally getting seriou

October 2015 CEP Preview

October 19, 2015

This month, CEP's main feature looks at a systems approach to environmental management and sustainability. You'll also find in this issue a look at Israel's chemicals industry, and tips and insights into becoming an independent consultant, plus much more.

Solar City's New PV Module Hits World Record

October 9, 2015

SolarCity has quickly moved from buying late-stage solar module startup Silevo a year ago to claiming production of "the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module efficie

HP's Switch to Wind Power Signals US Tipping Point

October 8, 2015

Hewlett Packard recently signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for a Texas wind-farm developer to supply 112 megawatts of renewable energy to the company's state-wide data centers,

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