EFS Webcast Meeting — February 11, 2016 Engineers Forum on Sustainability (EFS) members held a webcast meeting on February 11, 2016 to discuss engineering needs and opportunities for engineers in implementing the Paris Accords on climate change. Efforts are underway to explore the merit of collaborating between engineering societies to host an international workshop to address the following questions: What engineering is necessary to meet the goals? What can and should we do beyond what is already being done? It was acknowledged that proposed solutions must be technologically feasible, politically acceptable, and economically attainable in the short time period called for in the Paris Accords. Further information will appear on the EFS website www.aiche.org/efs. Contact Lucy Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to get involved.
EFS Meeting — December 1, 2014 At its December 1 meeting in Alexandria, VA, sustainability leaders from AIChE, AIME (SPE, SME, AIST and TMS), IEEE, ASCE, RRF and AAAS gathered under the chairmanship of Subhas Sikdar (EPA) to summarize their sustainability activities and discuss collaboration. Diana Bauer (DOE) presented the DOE report "Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities" and how the engineering societies can engage. Dick Wright (NAE, ASCE) spoke on adapting infrastructure to climate change, recommending engineers use "low-regret" design and engage with research scientists. K.C. Morris and Kevin Lyons (NIST) described NIST sustainability activities, including a working group on sustainable manufacturing with a focus on standards for smart manufacturing. The meeting concluded with discussions on the Carbon Management Technology Project and planning for the 2015 Carbon Management Technology Conference. Areas to address include risk; energy water nexus; adaptive strategies; and carbon capture, utilization and storage.
EFS Meeting — May 13, 2014 The focus of the meeting was discussion of the National Climate Assessment Report (released May 6). Ms. Emily Therese Cloyd of the National Climate Assessment staff provided an overview. The vision of the National Climate Assessment is to enhance the ability of the United States to anticipate, mitigate, and adapt to changes in the global environment. And they are working to advance an inclusive, broad-based, and sustained process for assessing and communicating scientific knowledge of the impacts, risks, and vulnerabilities associated with a changing global climate in support of decision-making across the United States. Additional information can be found at www.globalchange.gov.