April 2015                                                                                                                                         Volume 5


President's Message

Diana Berry

We 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 spanning from academia to industry.



Announcing Division Awards
 - sponsored 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 sponsorAPL 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


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

Hopefully you were able to attend yesterday's webinar, "Measuring ROI on Sustainability Investments" featuring speaker Lise Laurin, Founder and Managing Editor, EarthShift. 


The webinar introduced attendees to the basics of S-ROI. More and more companies are investing in sustainability. Many of these investments pay off in visible ways - energy and waste reduction, for example, reduce environmental impacts and costs at the same time. Some social investments payoff in reduced advertising costs or even increased sales. Miss the webinar? If so, click here to view.     


Community Outreach Project in Tennessee  


Every year, our 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.



Hands 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.                                                                                            


Sustainability Division Facebook Page

Facebook logo The 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.

  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    

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

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