Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources 4 Toward a Circular Economy
13-16 October 2019 • The Westin Indianapolis • Indianapolis, IN, USA
About the Event
This two-day program will be a platform where engineering societies as well as global organizations with a stake in the world's future can shape perspectives on the challenges that we face today to help navigate sustainable pathways to solve them. The focus of this conference will be the exchange of innovative circular economy solutions that contribute to competitive advantages.
Circular economy aspects that will be targeted are material optimization, energy efficiency and sustainable process optimization.
Material Optimization includes opportunities such as waste reduction and diversion, material reuse and life cycle considerations, and cross-sector flow opportunities.
Energy Efficiency considers fuel and electricity savings and the use of renewable energy.
Sustainable Process Optimization includes removal of toxics, enhancing biodiversity and improving the health of stakeholders.
What Is a Circular Economy?
A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. (source: wrap.org.uk)
AIME Sustainability Programs
The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), of which AIST is a member society, promotes events on the sustainable use of our natural resources and materials in engineering designs. AIME has hosted a multi-disciplinary sustainability committee that plans the biannual ESS: M&R conference.
As they have done previously, the four Member Societies of AIME (SME, TMS, AIST and SPE) are partnering with the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).