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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.

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,

Japan Installs World's Largest Offshore Wind Turbine

September 25, 2015

Weeks before Japan restarted the first nuclear reactor of the 48 that were shut down following the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a Marubeni-led consortium installed the world’s largest offshore wi

Los Angeles' Low Cost Water-Saving Technology

August 19, 2015

For months Los Angeles has been putting millions of floating, black plastic balls into one of its largest reservoirs to block sunlight from triggering a hazardous chemical reaction.

How Green Is Your School?

August 12, 2015

Prospective college students interested in comparing colleges based on their commitment to environmentalism can look to Sierra Magazine’s ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of Am

Researchers Crack Fundamental Mechanism of Biofuel Production

July 28, 2015

This week, impressive findings emerged when a group of researchers at the University of Tokyo revealed for the first time the three-dimensional structure and mechanism of action of a key enzyme of biofuel production, cellobionic acid phosphorylase (CBAP).

Floating Solar Power Online from Japan to California

May 15, 2015

As the camera drone glides over solar panels floating on the waters of the Higashihira and Nishihira reservoirs in Kato City, west of Osaka, it slowly reveals one of Japan's most innovative sol

The Tesla Powerwall's Serious Growing Pains

May 12, 2015

Earlier this month Elon Musk created a technology miracle: he made battery storage sexy enough during his product rollout that he had his audience whooping, cheering and clapping, which isn't a

Greener Use of Fossil Fuels: Lithium from Coal

March 27, 2015

Geologists from the Hebei University of Engineering in Handan, China have devised a plan to extract the lithium previously discovered in coal deposits in the northern part of the South China Sea.

AIChE Journal Articles Make Wiley's Top 20 List

March 25, 2015

Articles from the AIChE Journal, Biotechnology Progress, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, and Process Safety Progress are at the top of the list of  "hottest articles in c

Recycled Packing Peanuts Become Battery Components

March 24, 2015

Researchers at Perdue University have demonstrated that it’s possible to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outp

Tidal Lagoon Could Generate Power and Boost Local Economy

March 13, 2015

Combining the best tidal resource in Europe with a desperate need to rebuild, Swansea, Wales is the potential site of a new project that could power nearly every house with electricity generated by the ocean’s natural rhythms.

A Novel Forward Osmosis Draw Solution

February 4, 2015

Although significant research efforts regarding new membranes for forward osmosis are underway, less attention has been paid to researching the draw solutions and solutes that could make this techn

Integrated CO2 Capture, Transport, and Storage (SECARB) Project

January 13, 2015

In a joint effort between the public and private sector, a demonstration project encompassing the post-combustion capture of CO2 from a coal-fired power plant, and its subsequent pipeline transportation and underground storage is underway in Alabama. Named the SECARB project (for Southeast Region Carbon Sequestration Partnership), the details and results of the project were outlined by Gerald Hill.

Herb Cabezas on Analysis Techniques for Energy-Water-Food Nexus

November 25, 2014

Herb Cabezas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), presented approaches for analysis of complex systems such as the energy-water-food nexus at the AIChE's World Café during the Annual Meeting. He sat down with ChEnected to discuss some of the basic concepts.

World Café: Energy Water Food Nexus at the 2014 Annual Meeting

November 13, 2014

The World Café will focus on the global grand challenge of energy, water and food. The session aims to build awareness of the challenge and highlight the roles chemical engineering expertise can play in addressing the systems integration and technology needs resulting from the interconnected nature of these global issues. The discussion will continue on AIChE's Linkedin Group.

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