Article Archive

  • Published September 14, 2014

    ESW has been expanding its network and programs in the past few years. We have forty student and professional chapters who are doing great work bringing sustainability to their campuses and communities.

  • Published September 10, 2014

    Engineers for a Sustainable World is pleased to announce that it has officially received tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the United States Internal Revenue Code. This new status is a major milestone for ESW as it completes a multi-year restructuring process, and will help ensure that ESW can support its chapters and expand its overarching programs.

  • Published August 22, 2014

    Thanks to outreach efforts made by the Development Department, we were able to connect with IBM’s Students for a Smarter Planet, which collaborates with and provides funding for student groups interested in designing and implementing technological solutions to problems in their communities and around the world.

  • Published August 21, 2014

    Our book for discussion this fall: Unquenchable (America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It), by Robert Glennon.

  • Published August 19, 2014

    As part of our independence and the maturation of ESW v2, we're pleased to present our 2014 Annual Report. It’s a summary of what we’ve accomplished in the past year - quite a lot, in retrospect. You can read about our two larger initiatives, LCA+U and WPSI, or details on our progress towards our Strategic Plan.

  • Published August 14, 2014

    With the new school year just around the corner, we're getting ready to expand and improve our Professional Mentorship Program, and looking for new mentors to engage with ongoing chapter projects. The program, introduced in 2013, pairs professional ESW members with chapters that can benefit from the industry experience of the professional in their projects and chapter organization.

  • Published July 29, 2014

    This May, our four Life Cycle Assessment + Universities (LCA+U) Teams wrapped up their projects with a final presentation detailing how they used the Sustainable Minds LCA Software to investigate sustainable alternatives for their campus community.

  • Published July 8, 2014

    Many thanks to all of the chapters who submitted entries to our first annual Photo Contest! A panel of judges from the ESW National Team reviewed all of the entries*, ranking them on how well they exemplified the key ingredients of ESW: Projects, Education, and Community.

  • Published June 18, 2014

    I'm sitting in the lobby of a gigantic blue Marriott in downdown Indianapolis, a little worn out after 3.5 days worth of Conference at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

  • Published May 19, 2014

    Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is proud to announce awardees for the 2014 Hendrik van Hemmen Small Projects Grants. Four chapters were awarded $500 each to pursue projects designed by the chapters for implementation in their communities. Each will use the grant over the 2014-2015 academic year to further the prototyping and construction of their design.

  • Published May 2, 2014

    New season, new book for discussion: Garbology (Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash), by Edward Humes. 

  • Published April 18, 2014

    At the 2014 National Conference, we had a great workshop on passive solar design. For those who are unfamiliar, passive design is the practice of siting, orienting, and shaping a building such that it maximizes the use of resources--typically sun, wind, and ground--present on the site. Passive design is the first step in creating truly sustainable and energy efficient buildings.

  • Published April 13, 2014

    Saturday's conference session featured student presentations and a variety of workshops led by industry professionals and ESW National Team members. Several chapters also participated in the Inter-Chapter Challenge, pitting their fossil-free boats against each other in Northwestern's pool. The day closed with a banquet and awards presentation, highlighting the best ESW members and chapters.

  • Published April 12, 2014

    Friday's conference session was integrated with the Northwestern University Summit on Sustainability (NUSOS) and featured keynote speakers and panelists with a wide range of expertise as well as a poster session of ESW student chapter projects.

    Keynote: Jill Boughton, W2Worth Innovations

  • Published April 1, 2014

    We are excited to announce that in the past month, we have officially launched a mentorship program to connect professional members with chapters working on interesting, complex projects. We kicked off the new program with our chapters at Iowa State University and Rennsaelaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Published March 24, 2014

    We're changing the name of our flagship education initiative - the Wicked Problems in Sustainable Engineering Initiative (WPSE) - just a bit, to the Wicked Problems in Sustainability Initiative (WPSI). Same tongue-in-cheek pronunciation, same general approach, but hopefully a broader base of potential partners, and a more accurate name for what we're trying to do.

  • Published March 17, 2014

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    Show off what makes your chapter great in the first national ESW Photo Contest, sponsored by the ESW National Team!

  • Published March 12, 2014

    ESW merchandise has been on our list of requests from chapters and members for a while now, and we're pleased to test the waters with four core products: water bottles, t-shirts, polos, and stickers. You can pre-order these for delivery to your chapter or pick-up at the Conference by going here, or read on for more details.

  • Published March 11, 2014

    A few weeks ago, the University of California Merced’s Engineers for a Sustainable World chapter (ESW-UC Merced) was invited to showcase their solar tractor at the 47th annual World Ag Expo in Tulare, California.  Indicative of the many issues with it, the tractor experienced an electrical short somewhere in it

  • Published February 8, 2014

    This February/March the ESW book club - based around the NY Capitol Professional Chapter - will be reading The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century, by Dickson Despommier. Feeding the World looks at the potential for urban farming in vertical, sky scraper like, structures to address to many of the environmental problems caused by modern agriculture. Discussions will take place digitally via ESW's subreddit

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