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Sustainable Development Division

President's message - Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo

February 2016

Dear members,

We continue with the preparations for the next Annual Conference in Anaheim. Presentations in Applied Solutions and the ISERC tracks involve more than 50 participants with topics concerning aspects of environmental, energy sustainability and social responsibility, green supply chain, nonprofit social sustainability, optimization in sustainability and in the food supply chain, reverse sustainable logistics, innovation, social entrepreneurship for sustainability, urban transportation sustainability, and water and waste management.

There is fresh news concerning our Institute's name. A vote for changing the name to Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) has passed by a majority vote. A new brand will be launched involving a new name and logo, and it will be unveiled during the 2016 IIE Annual Conference and Expo that will be held May 21-May 24, 2016 at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Fifty-eight abstracts for the ISERC track and seven for the Applied Solutions track have been received for the IIE Annual Conference & Expo. This will be a great time of learning and networking. 

  • ISERC Sessions - Track: Social, Environmental & Sustainability You will not want to miss the sustainability division's contribution to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) portion of the 2016 IIE Annual Conference. ISERC is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in the industrial engineering and systems engineering fields. Join us and learn about emerging strategies in sustainability practices.
  • Applied Solutions - Track: Social, Environmental & Sustainability   Plan to attend the Applied Solutions sessions for the 2016 IISE Annual Conference! The purpose of the applied solutions track is to present proven solutions from applying industrial and systems engineering principles within industry, healthcare or service sectors. We look forward to your participation and contribution to the sustainability track this year!

Also, at the 2016 IIE Annual Conference and Expo, the Sustainable Development Division will be presenting its third annual Excellence in Teaching of Sustainability Award award and second annual Best Student Paper Award.

The Excellence in Teaching of Sustainability Award
This award recognizes the contribution of an individual advancing the knowledge and practice of sustainability in the field of industrial engineering. If you know about an individual committed to extend the awareness on sustainable development, find additional information at http://www.iise.org/Details.aspx?id=35145.

Best Student Paper Award
The Sustainable Development Division recognizes students are a large part of IISE membership and this award will serve as an incentive to encourage students to continue developing the field of sustainability and contributing with high quality research contribution. Read more 

Innovation spotlight

‪Sustainable Development Goals‬‬‬‬‬‬ are all about the five P's: People, Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Peace!

On Jan. 1, 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force.  Over the next 15 years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. Learn more: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/ 

2015 is Earth's warmest year by widest margin on record

According to NOAA, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2015 was the highest among all years since record keeping began in 1880. During the final month, the December combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was the highest on record for any month in the 136-year record. Learn more: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info/global/201512 

en.lighten Initiative: Phasing out incandescent lamps by the end of 2016

A switch to efficient on-grid and off-grid lighting globally would save more than $140 billion and reduce CO2 emissions by 580 million tonnes every year. The UNEP-Global Environment Facility organized en.lighten initiative supports developing countries and emerging economies with technical expertise, helping them reap the associated financial, energy and environmental benefits of efficient lighting. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1PWeXyh 

Body of knowledge

This new section aims at supporting our members in gaining a richer understanding on different topics concerning sustainable development. The body of knowledge aims at transferring knowledge to be used by members of the Sustainable Division to guide their practice or work. In this section we will be sharing concepts, terms and courses offered by different organizations. 

United Nations CC: Learn Introductory e-Course on Climate Change
This free-of charge e-course will provide "everything you need to know" about the basics of climate change. It is structured around six Modules and each Module takes an average of two hours to complete. A short quiz at the end of each Module allows you to verify if you have achieved the learning objectives. Once all six Modules are completed, you can receive a certificate. For more information, click here: http://unccelearn.org/course/index.php?lang=es 

UNEP Knowledge Repository
The UNEP Knowledge Repository is the United Nations Environment Programme’s official platform for its research content and knowledge products. The repository gives open access to UNEP’s publications, technical and assessment reports, guidelines, newsletters, journal articles and other types of information material. By providing knowledge products online and in digital format, UNEP is delivering on its commitment to enhance access to environmental information and knowledge for a sustainable future. To access UNEP’s body of published work go to this link http://unep.org/publications/ 


The Sustainable Development Division hosts educational webinars through IISE. These free* one-hour presentations are a benefit of your IISE membership.  They are presented by knowledgeable professionals and experienced volunteers provide deeper insight into topics and issues involving industrial engineers and industrial engineering-related disciplines.

Previous Sustainable Division webinars include "Exposing Undergraduate Students to Sustainable Manufacturing Principles," "Getting Green Done," and "Industrial Engineering and Sustainability."

View the webinar page.

*Webinars presented by the Society for Health Systems and the Society for Engineering and Management Systems require membership in those societies to attend.

About the Division

The Sustainable Development Division involves 2,363 members, from which 1,844 are students, 195 academics and 324 from the industry professionals. This number asks for a stronger commitment from the group of volunteers. If you want to get involved in any of the current operations or to propose a new one, don’t hesitate to contact us.

You may find us at:

Feb 2016 Social 

Mission and Purpose

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.

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 IISE's mission, provide member value, and promote the discipline.  

Expanding our division
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.

Anybody interested on participating in the development of a research conducive to identify what we as ISE professionals understand as "sustainable development," and which are the implications for our profession please contact evilaltaperdomo@lincoln.ac.uk.

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."

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