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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.

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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 - Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo 

Eliseo Vilalta-PerdomoThis is the fourth year of operation for the Sustainable Development Division (SDD). During previous years, SDD has shown a steady growth thanks to a committed and vibrant group of volunteers.

Currently, 80 percent of our participants are students suggesting the strong opportunity SDD has for a long-term operation. This also indicates the kind of materials we need to develop to create additional value for our future members. The rest of our membership is almost equally divided between industry practitioners and academics. We need to work in our offer in order to balance SDD membership’s structure. This year we will focus on adding value to our members. In addition to maintaining our current operations, particularly our attractive quarterly webinars, we will develop the foundations for the SDD Body of Knowledge, a substantive contribution to the theory and practice of the IE discipline.

We will work hard also to increase our presence in the next IIE Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in May 2016. A group of volunteers are currently organizing a new intervention inside one community. The aim continues being the increase on the awareness in the need to develop sustainable operations and behaviors.

Division Membership
The Sustainability Division's membership continues growing. Its 2,536 members across academia and industry ask 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.

The breakdown of our membership can be seen in the graph below.

August 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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