Sustainable Development Division
Welcome! You’ve reached the new home of the Sustainable Development Division
The mission of the Sustainable Development Division is to advance the general welfare of humankind by applying the resources and creative abilities of the industrial engineering profession to the development of sustainable societies.
Division Board of Directors | Division Bylaws | Division Leadership Team
The purposes of the Sustainable Development Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers are to:
- Develop, maintain, and disseminate a body of technical knowledge.
- Provide a forum for technical networking.
- Be perceived as the voice of the technical specialty.
- Support IIE’s mission, provide member value, and promote the discipline.
President's message - John Corliss
Six years ago at the New England Regional IIE Conference, I gave a presentation on my work applying Industrial Engineering training and tools to address social, environmental and sustainable disaster recovery needs. The response from students who loved the IE approach to problem solving but were more interested in addressing societal than business issues was overwhelming. The following year my similar presentation at the IIE Annual Conference inspired then IIE board member Gloria Bender to advocate for IIE to make sustainability a new focal point. Read more from John
Sustainable Development Division Board of Directors
The division's board of directors share a passion for and a commitment to our division's mission and have a fundamental responsibility for policies and procedures that support good governance of the division. As the board of directors are responsible for the overall health and effectiveness of the organization, they need your input and ideas. Feel free to contact any board member at any time.
Meet the Sustainable Development Division Board members | View contact information for board members
Bylaws are the written rules that control the affairs of the division. Generally, the bylaws define the division's official name, purpose, requirements for membership, officers' titles and responsibilities, how offices are to be assigned, how meetings should be conducted, and how often meetings will be held. The Bylaws also govern the way the division must function as well as the roles and responsibilities of our officers.
View the Division Bylaws
Interested in joining our division?
It's open to professional and student members. To join the division online, login to the IIE website. Go to "Manage your membership." Select "Update member records" and under "Divisions and Societies" check "Sustainable Development."
The IIE Sustainable Development Division has a LinkedIn group! This is a great place to virtually network, learn and share with other professionals interested in sustainability. We currently have more than 2,000 members and are looking forward to welcoming more members. If you are interested in joining the group please visit Sustainable Social, Economic, and Environmental Development -- Institute of Industrial Engineers.
Innovation Spot Light
New strides are being made in the field of solar power as the Dow Chemical company has seen success in its initiative to make solar a more convenient option in the residential market. The product of this initiative is the DOW POWERHOUSE solar shingle.
The solar shingle is, as it sounds, a combination of a solar panel and a roof shingle; and performs the function of both. The shingles serve to protect the roof and are installed in lieu of traditional shingles but provide the additional benefit of producing energy for the home. The shingles are installed in arrays ranging in size based on the customers preference and can be seamlessly integrated with traditional shingles (pictured below). Power produced by the home that is not used is cycled back into the grid and the home owner is given a rebate applied to their electric bill. To learn more about the Powerhouse shingle visit http://www.dowpowerhouse.com/.
Sustainability Service Projects 2013
At this year's conference in San Juan the Sustainable Development Division coordinated a volunteering event for the Saturday before the conference as an opportunity to give back to the community that hosted our annual IIE event. We hope to continue to have a volunteering activity as a tradition at all subsequent IIE Annual Conferences. This year we partnered with a local nonprofit called Scuba Dogs Society to clean up a beach in Loiza, Puerto Rico.
During the short afternoon we spent cleaning the beach, Scuba Dogs and IIE managed to pick up 480.6 pounds of garbage across a half mile of coastline! Efforts such as this can both help the environment as well as stimulate the local economy, not to mention it was a fun way to spend the afternoon enjoying the outdoors and networking with fellow IIE members.
We are currently working on the event for next year and look forward to continually increasing IIE’’s involvement in the community. Volunteer Opportunity at IIE Annual Conference in Montreal - Saturday, May 31. Use your IE skills to support a store (le Coffre aux trésors) run by Le Chainon, a local and well established Montreal women's shelter that offers assistance to women in crisis since 1932. Click here for more details.
Nominees for Sustainability in Teaching Award, sponsored by APL Logistics
The Sustainable Development Division recognizes the contribution of an individual advancing the knowledge and practice of sustainability in the field of industrial engineering. Nominations may be made by a faculty colleague, or a student who has taken the course from the candidate. The nomination package must consist of the following:
- The candidate must be a member of IIE.
- Letters of support from the nominator and two other individuals; at least one of the three letters must be from a faculty member and one from a student who enrolled and completed the course.
- Course syllabus and supporting items such as samples of different instructional materials used.
- Summary copies of teaching evaluations for the course he/she is being recognized.
- Curriculum Vitae of the candidate.
- A one-page teaching statement and philosophy by the individual being nominated.
Nominations are due Dec. 15.
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- Secretary Treasurer – Leah Copeland
- Communications Chair (Web Page, Newsletter & Social Networking) – Open
- Web Page – Brion Hurley
- Newsletter – Leah Copeland
- Social Networking (LinkedIn Discussion Board, Facebook Page, Twitter) – Open
- Program Committee Chair (Webinars, Awards, etc.) – Open
- Webinars – Open
- Excellence in Teaching Sustainability Award – Diana Berry
- Conference Service Project – Kate Fisher
- Engineers Without Boarders Affiliation – Open
- Collaborating with Other Organizations – Open
- Body of Knowledge Committee (ISERC & AS Conference Tracks, and Body of Knowledge Documentation) – Open
- ISERC Track Chairs -- Gregory Weisenborn, Ricardo Thierry-Aguilera, and Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo
- Applied Solutions Track Chairs – Diana Berry and Curtis Bush
- Body of Knowledge Documentation (Corporate Sustainability, Government Sustainability, Goinability, Environmental Sustainability, Disaster Response & Sustainable Recovery) – Open
If you are interested in helping out and being part of the leadership team, contact us at email@example.com.
Have a question? Want to submit an article? Contact Brion Hurley.