Sustainability & Environment


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.

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...

Embedding Sustainability in GlaxoSmithKline's Operations

Archived Webinar
May 11, 2011
This presentation covers an overview of the Materials Guides with information and EHS ranking on a wide range of solvents and bases and the life cycle impacts associated with solvent manufacture.

Natural Gas Future

Archived Webinar
Apr 7, 2011
Natural gas, at prices significantly below BTU parity with oil for a long time to come, will certainly play a pivotal role in world energy supply and will move towards becoming the premier fuel of the world economy. A significant feature of future gas prices is that they are likely to be technology...

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.

Credentials for Sustainability Professionals

Archived Webinar
Dec 8, 2010
In order to effect more positive and faster advancements in the sustainability arena, the speaker suggests that the sustainability community must address two fundamental components.

Critical Water Issues for the Chemical Process Industries

Archived Webinar
Nov 17, 2010
David Klanecky, global director of research and development for Dow Water & Process Solutions, provides an overview of the resins and water filtration technologies helping chemical process industries to make the most of the water we have today without risking the supplies of tomorrow.

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...

The Water-Energy Nexus: Emerging Issues and Challenges

Archived Webinar
Aug 18, 2010
This webinar provides an overview of water and energy interdependencies, as well as examples of emerging US and international water and energy related challenges, and discusses the potential local and regional conflicts that could emerge.

Using Catalytic Nanoparticles to Clean Water

Archived Webinar
Apr 15, 2010
In this talk, I will describe our work in improving the feasibility of these NP catalysts for groundwater remediation and in understanding how the gold enhances the Pd catalytic activity so dramatically.

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...

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...

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...

An Integrated Waste Management System for a Sustainable Society

Archived Webinar
Feb 24, 2010
What are the hallmarks of an effective integrated was.te management system? How do we best create one for a sustainable society? This webinar provides an overview of the sustainable attributes of an integrated waste management system and the essential role of thermal treatment with energy recovery...

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...

Grand Challenges in Sustainable Biofuels Production

Archived Webinar
Apr 22, 2009
It is now clear that, for many reasons, corn has serious limitations as feedstock for biofuel production. While cellulosic biomass can potentially provide a sizable fraction of the US liquid fuel needs for transportation, current technologies must be further improved to realize cost-competitive...

Changes in the Energy Market and Their Impact on the Chemical Industry

Archived Webinar
Apr 14, 2009
Unprecedented volatility in the price of feedstocks and concerns over global warming have spurred the search for economically viable and environmentally sound alternatives. How are these forces impacting the chemical industry? How will scientists and chemical engineers solve the world's problems in...

A Perspective on the World's Energy Challenge

Archived Webinar
Apr 6, 2009
Modern life depends upon the availability of plentiful energy at reasonable cost. Life styles, industries, agriculture, health care all assume availability of energy on demand. Is this situation sustainable? These days we see daily headlines, news articles, and commentaries about energy issues...

Green Engineering: Perspectives, Challenges and Tools

Archived Webinar
Jan 6, 2009
It is impossible to imagine modern life without the products provided by the petrochemical industry. These products are used in health care, consumer products, transportation, food processing, electronics, and construction. Yet, the same chemical processes that produce materials also generate...

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.

Trends in Corporate Sustainability

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.


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