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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.

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.

New Device Harvests Movement to Generate Energy

September 4, 2014

A new small device that relies on nanotechnology successfully generates electric current from simple vibrations. Its creators look to relieve the load on batteries or eliminate them completely.

New "Bird-Friendly" Wind Turbines Come to California

August 14, 2014

New "shrouded" wind turbines near San Francisco will be tested to determine if they are less lethal to birds and bats than traditional turbines. Plus, they're more efficient than similar-sized turbines on the market.

AIChE Apprentice Takes on Potable Water Challenge

July 14, 2014

Alex Avram, a chemical engineering PhD student at UARK who recently joined the three-year AIChE Apprenticeship Program, describes his plans to help communities gain access to potable water.

Electricity and the Environment

July 11, 2014

Fossil fuels will continue to play an important part in electricity generation, and this opens the doors for many opportunities for young chemical engineers.

Tidal Energy Plants Coming to Florida

June 23, 2014

A Swedish firm is bringing its tidal technology to Florida, where it will build commercial demonstration plants that aim to harness the force of the Gulf Stream.

Purdue University wins YCOSST P3 Award

May 8, 2014

Purdue's Biowall entry took home the prize, with an ingenious design that improves indoor air quality thanks, in part, to plants' ability to purify air.

April 2014 CEP Preview

April 18, 2014

This month, CEP turns an eye to industrial water reuse. You'll also find best practices for pilot-plant piping, a look at Italy's chemical industry, and much more.

Making Fracking Water Drinkable Again

March 28, 2014

Oasys Water can recycle fracking water, reducing water disposal by 80 percent and cutting the cost by up to 30 percent, thus making it cheaper than hauling water away.

Help Fund Sustainability Think Tank

February 14, 2014

Earthshift has launched the Start Some Good campaign to raise money to create a comprehensive methodology for companies to use when making decisions related to sustainability.

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