October 2015                                                                                                                                   Volume 6
President's Message
Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo
The conference at Nashville was another success for the Sustainable Development Division (SDD). The now traditional "Giving back to the community" activity was the beginning of this conference. Participants enjoyed a great day at Urban Farm. Additional information may be found at our 
Facebook page.  The ISERC track involved 36 presentations in 10 sessions that involved aspects of Environmental, Energy Sustainability and Social Responsibility, Green Supply Chain, Non-Profit 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. Read more from the president 
Division Membership

The Sustainability Division's membership continues growing. Its 2,450 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.

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Announcing Division Awards
 - sponsored by APL Logistics

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Sustainability in Teaching Award
Sponsored by APL Logistics
At the 2016 IIE National conference the Sustainability Division will be presenting its second annual Sustainability in Teaching award. The award will be presented to an educator who has done outstanding work in the field of Sustainability. 

Student Paper Competition
Sponsored by  APL Logistics
The Sustainable Development Division recognizes students are a large part of IIE membership and the Sustainable Development Division 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 presented at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo May 30 - June 2, 2016 in Anaheim, California.
In order to be qualified for the award, student must:
  • Submit a paper (invited or contributed) for the conference using the usual submission process.
  • Fill out an application.
  • Present their work at the Annual Conference.
For more information please visit the award web page.


      Next webinars are: 
Webinars Getting Green Done: An Airline Perspective  - Date: Oct. 22, 2015
Presenter: Jacqueline Drumheller, sustainability manager, Alaska Airlines
This webinar will focus on real-life (and somewhat humorous) stories about innovations, learning and best practices with regard to initiating and implementing a corporate sustainability program including tips and lessons learned for organizations interested in publishing their first sustainability report. Register today

Exposing Undergraduate Students to Sustainable Manufacturing Principles - Date: Nov. 12, 2015
Presenter: Jeremy Rickli, Ph.D., assistant professor, Wayne State University
This webinar focuses on opportunities and methods to integrate sustainability philosophies in manufacturing education. The goal of presenting these is to initiate discussions of how to successfully offer sustainability and sustainable manufacturing education opportunities to undergraduate students in current programs and to share effective methods in sustainable manufacturing education with other core industrial engineering areas (e.g. operations research and management science) and vice versa. Register today

A minimum of one seminar per quarter is being held. View previous webinars.


Community Outreach Project in Tennessee  



As every year, our Sustainable Development Division selected a deserving
non-profit organization in the community where the annual conference takes place, to give our time and contribute with our engineering skills. This year the organization selected was "Hands on Nashville", an urban agriculture program.


Call for papers 2016 - IIE Annual Conference and Expo, Anaheim, California  

We need your HELP to create a strong Sustainable Development Tracks at the 2016 Annual IIE Conference!

Abstracts are now being accepted for the IIE Annual Conference & Expo, taking place May 21-24, 2016, at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Abstract submissions are due Nov. 8. Read more info on submissions and topics
Innovation spotlight

Social media
The Essential Webinar Checklist for Organizers: Gemma Falconer, Senior Campaign Specialist for Citrix, has developed a set of 40+ steps to go through in the lead-up to a virtual event. I'll make sure that you've thought of literally everything. Click here.

Sustainable development

UN sustainable development agenda. UN states agreed on a post-2015 sustainable development agendaRead the entire article 

  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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