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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.

Interested in joining our division?

It's open to professional and student members. To join the division online, click here. Select "Update your member record" and under "Divisions and Societies" check "Sustainable Development."

President's message - Diana Berry 

Welcome to 2014-2015!
Diana BarryIt is an honor and privilege for me to take the role of new president for the Sustainable Development Division 2014-2015. We have come a long way since we founded our division. Our founder, John Corliss, started the division with a small track and now we have two tracks, a website, a newsletter and a great number of volunteers that want to become involved and become part of this outstanding division. We have learned about new trends and emerging strategies in sustainability practices, proven sustainable solutions in business and the government and we had a community project this year that surpassed our expectations. We are very proud of the IE contributions we gave to Le Chainon, a local women's shelter founded in Montreal in 1932. What a better way that using our skills to contribute with a great cause? More from Diana 

Sustainability Service Project 2014! 

At this year's IIE Annual Conference in Montréal, the Sustainable Development Division along with West Monroe Partners, an international consulting firm with an IE-oriented practice (http://www.westmonroepartners.com), coordinated a volunteering event for the Saturday before the conference. This volunteering event served as an opportunity to give back to the community that hosted the conference. Read all about the event and see pictures 

Division Membership
The sustainability division’s membership has been steadily growing since our inception in 2009, and we are proud to announce that we have reached 2,258 members across academia and industry. The breakdown of our membership can be seen in the graph below.

 2014 graph 


Division news 

Excellence in Teaching Sustainability Award Winner 2014 - Dr. Gregory Unruh 

Gregory UnruhThe Sustainable Development Division is honored to recognize Dr. Gregory Unruh, Endowed Professor of Doing Good Values at George Mason University. Dr. Unruh is an outstanding professor and individual, and will receive the first "Excellence in Teaching Sustainability" award for 2014 at the annual IIE Conference in Montreal. 

More about Dr. Unruh 


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 3,000 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 spotlight

There are many ways that our cultural norms in today’s society effect the environment, one way that we may not always consider is individualism. History shows us that humans have made a great shift from living and working as a group towards emphasis being placed on the individual. Think about the phone, when the phone was a new marvel you were lucky if your town had one phone for everyone to share, then it shifted to individual households having a phone for the family to share, and now we all have our own personal phone in our pockets. Let’s be honest, no one today would want to share a phone with their entire family. Why? Because of social expectations, it would be weird to share. And we have come to extend that concept to most things in life. Whatever it is, I need to have one of my own, the concept of widespread sharing has become foreign. And as we can imagine this has had a tremendous impact on how we use our resources. In terms of producing, packaging, shipping, and eventually disposing of enough goods to satisfy our individualistic demands.
Read the entire article  

Expanding our division

Expanding our division graphicIn addition to IIE are you involved in either Engineers Without Borders or the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education? We would like to reach out to these organizations and see how industrial engineers can become part of the process. If so please contact John Corliss 

Meet the Sustainable Development Division Board members | View contact information for board members 

Division Bylaws

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  

If you are interested in helping out and being part of the leadership team, contact us at president@iie-sdd.org.

Have a question? Want to submit an article? Contact Brion Hurley.

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