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AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals

The AIChE Institute for Sustainability (IfS) is launching a program that offers engineers and other qualified professionals a specialized Credential in sustainability. The IfS is well positioned to establish a baseline definition of what Sustainability entails, as well as to establish 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.

NETL CO2 Injection and Storage Cost Model

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 30, 2012
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has developed a model to estimate the costs of storing captured CO 2 ...

Nuclear Energy: Is there a future after Fukushima?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 29, 2012
The future of the global nuclear energy industry, while certainly not without its challenges, remains vibrant. Even as the industry contends with...

Chemistry and Energy: Fortifying Our Historic Links

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 29, 2012
Centuries ago, early ideas were formulating that would advance the science of organic chemistry. Since its beginnings, there have been many organic...

An Overview of the Global Desalination Situation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 29, 2012
According to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), one in three people globally endures some form of water scarcity, one-quarter of...

Marcellus Shale Gas Wastewater Reuse and Recycle

Archived Webinar
Oct 3, 2012
This webinar provides background on how water is used for drilling and hydraulic fracturing and includes a review of hydraulic fracturing fluid composition and flowback and produced water quantity and composition.

EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule: Lessons Learned

Archived Webinar
Sep 12, 2012
A lot has changed since the EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule was issued in 2010. Under the rule, thousands of facilities were required to collect and report emissions data – or face potential criminal penalties. Now that the first year of monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions under the...

On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment

Archived Webinar
Aug 1, 2012
An Appalachian State University research team, is innovating the field of biological water treatment by applying a proven technology to salon and spa wastewater to create functional, multipurpose, "living art" within a small business environment. In this informative webinar you will learn how to "...

Green Diesel Production - An Overview

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Currently, there are two renewable diesel fuels available: biodiesel and green diesel. The biodiesel or FAME is the transesterification of vegetable...

Mixed Fluid Cascade, Experience and Outlook

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The first Base Load LNG plant, which has been built using the Mixed Fluid Cascade (MFC ® ) process, started up in 2007 at a Norwegian location close...

Green Design, Green Energy, and Sustainability

Archived Webinar
Jan 25, 2012
This webinar presents a systems analysis perspective that extends the traditional design framework to green design, green energy and industrial ecology leading to sustainability.

Fracking: The Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale

Archived Webinar
Nov 15, 2011
Led by experts from academia, government and industry, this interactive Web Forum presents an overview of the history, the current state of development and a look into the future of natural gas shale and its extraction, along with implications of the environmental and water impacts.

Optimal Charge Rates for a Lithium Ion Cell

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 19, 2011
Optimal Charge Rates for a Lithium Ion Cell Saeed Khaleghi Rahimian, Sean Rayman, Ralph E. White Department of Chemical Engineering, University of...

Reducing Process Complexity for Cellulosic Ethanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 18, 2011
Much of the process complexity and high capital costs associate with cellulosic ethanol (dilute acid hydrolysis as a pretreatment and enzymatic...

Pyrolytic Pathways to Advanced Biofuels

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 18, 2011
Pyrolysis is the thermal conversion of carbonaceous materials in the absence of molecular oxygen to liquids, solids and gases. In the most general...

Wood Pellets Self-Heating During Storage

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 17, 2011
Accidental fires in wood pellets silos happen frequently in the last five years. Experiments were carried out in this work at temperature range of...

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...

Resilience and Sustainable Development

Archived Webinar
Sep 21, 2011
This webinar discusses the challenges of sustainable development, and gives examples of current research on life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, and supply chain resilience.

Integrated Complexes - A Luxury or Business Necessity?

Archived Webinar
Sep 1, 2011
The presentation will cover the refining and petrochemical industry trends, the challenges to staying in business and be profitable in the marketplace, industry impacts, the opportunities for synergy and the business case for integration. Please note the audio quality is low.

Current Trends in Industrial Sustainability: An AIChE Web Forum

Archived Webinar
Jul 14, 2011
Corporations, universities and the government are all starting to embrace and implement the concept of sustainability. Attend this Web Forum to learn about what’s happening from the industry and government leaders, and discover how the engineering and construction industry is moving towards...

Life Cycle Analysis Tools and Applications for Sustainability

Archived Webinar
Jun 22, 2011
This webinar provides an overview of life cycle analysis tools and applications drawing upon two decades of experience at the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems. Life cycle models provide a comprehensive basis for measuring sustainability performance and guiding environmental and...

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