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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.

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

Diana BarryWe started 2015 with a healthy growth in membership and a leadership board in place willing to deliver high educational content to our members throughout the year. Our LinkedIn group continues growing and we are looking forward to annual conference in Tennessee this year! We are excited about our upcoming division awards, Best Student Paper Award and Excellence in Teaching Sustainability Award that will be presented at IIE annual conference. We continue focusing this year in increasing communication with our members, providing support to our student members and contributing to the advancement of sustainability developing the body of knowledge and providing high quality educational webinars. We are proud to announce we have reached 2,437 members across academia and industry and our LinkedIn group is now 3,314 members. See you in Nashville for a great conference!

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 2,437 members across academia and industry. The breakdown of our membership can be seen in the graph below.
February 2015 Membership Graph 

 Sustainable Development Division Facebook Page 

Facebook logoThe sustainability division now has a Facebook page, where we will post updates about upcoming events and webinars, as well as interesting articles on the topic of sustainability. Join the conversation by liking IIE Sustainable Development Division Facebook page.

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The Sustainable Development Division is hosting educational webinars through IIE website, a minimum of one seminar per quarter is being held. View previous webinars.

Sustainable Development Division Awards -Sponosred by APL Logistics

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Excellence in Teaching of Sustainability Award At the 2015 IIE National conference the Sustainability Division will be presenting it second annual Excellence in Sustainability Teaching award. The award will be presented to an educator who has done outstanding work in the field of Sustainability. This award would not have been possible without the support of our sponsor, APL Logistics.  
Student Paper Competition The Sustainable Development Division recognizes students are a large part of IIE membership and the Sustainable Development Best Student Paper award will serve to encourage students to continue developing the field of sustainability and contributing with high quality research. The winner will be announced at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo May 30 - June 2, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee.This award would not have been possible without the support of our sponsor, APL Logistics.

Community Outreach Project in Tennessee

Every year, out Sustainable Development Division selects a deserving nonprofit organization in the community where the annual conference will be held to give our time and contribute with our engineering skills. This year the organization selected is "Hands on Nashville." We will be supporting the urban agriculture program. The farm is a working and teaching hub for volunteers and produces harvest to give youth the opportunity to harvest, prepare, and taste healthy foods.

Communtity OutreachHands on Nashville's Urban Farm is a public and private partnership spearheaded by HON, the office of Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation.  Our event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon CDT on Saturday, May 30.  Please contact Nelson Granda at ngrandam@utk.edu if you are interested in participating. We will gather together after the event to eat lunch and enjoy Nashville.


Division news

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.

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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