February 2016   

Volume 8

Sustainable Development Division Website

  President's Message-February 2016
Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo
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 IISE Annual Conference and Expo that will be held May 21-May 24, 2016 at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, California.
2016 IISE Annual Conference and Expo

Fifty-eight abstracts for the ISERC track and seven for the Applied Solutions track have been received for the  IISE 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 IISE 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! 


Division Awards

Excellence in Teaching of Sustainability Award

The Sustainable Development Division 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.iienet2.org/Details.aspx?id=35145 .

Best Student Paper Award

The Sustainable Development Division recognizes students are a large part of IIE 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.

Innovation spotlight

Sustainable Development Goals are all about the 5 P's: People, Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Peace!   On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force.  Over the next fifteen 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: 

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 6 Modules and each Module takes an average of 2 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 6 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/

IIE Webinars

These free* one-hour presentations are a benefit of your IIE me mbership.  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."

*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:

Expanding our division

In 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.

Perhaps you or someone you know is qualified to take a leadership position on the  Sustainable Development Division Board.  The Division is on an increasing growth path, and we are looking for motivated, enthusiastic volunteers to continue the progress.  On December 30, the Nomination Committee will begin the process of selecting candidates for the upcoming election.  Participating in a leadership role for the division is a challenging and rewarding experience. Please take a moment to consider submitting your name or that of a colleague and be on the lookout for the "Call for Nominations" that will be emailed to members on December 30.

Have you moved?

Whether across town or across the globe, don't forget to update your member record.
1. Go to  this link
2. Select "Update Your  Member Record"

3. Set up username and password (if you don't already have one)

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 know people who have been honored in our field, or have news you feel would be interesting to our division members-please submit to: Newsletter Editor: Rosario Michel-Villarreal
Anyone interested in participating
 in the development
 of a research conducive to identify what we as IE professionals
 understand as "sustainable development,"
 and implications for our profession, please contact Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo.
Feb 22

Volunteers are
welcome for various
division activities.
Please contact John Corliss to express
your interest.