Sustainability Teaching Award

IChemE, under the joint auspices of the Sustainability and Education Special Interest Groups, launched this award in 2015, to encourage the teaching of sustainability to undergraduate chemical engineers.

The objectives of the award are to:

  • encourage teachers to think of sustainability as a key element of their lecture courses
  • influence Chemical Engineering Departments to position sustainability at the heart of the curriculum
  • provide a showcase for teaching talent and reward achievement in the field of sustainability education
  • demonstrate that IChemE takes sustainability seriously

Who is it awarded to?

The award is open to individuals or teaching teams at IChemE-accredited undergraduate courses worldwide. Teams may include representatives from other disciplines as long as the teaching is directed at chemical engineering undergraduates. All teachers on accredited chemical engineering courses are invited to submit entries. 

How do I enter or nominate somebody?

Detailed entry criteria can be found on the webpage of the Sustainability SIG, which manages the medal.

Entries should take the form of a case study on no more than four sides of A4 and outline the approach taken to show students how concepts, methods and principles from chemical engineering and other related disciplines can be applied to the design and operation of systems, processes and equipment. Sufficient detail should be given of the teaching materials, and learning outcomes, so that the judges can assess how students will be encouraged to "think sustainability" and to make suitable engineering decisions to enhance sustainability.

The closing date for entries is 14 July 2018.

How is the winner decided?

All of the entries will be reviewed by the judging panel (made up from members of the Sustainability and Education SIGs), to select a short list for the final round of judging. In this final round, entrants may be asked to make available more details of their course material for detailed examination by the judging panel.

2017 - no award

2016 winner

University College Cork
Dr John Fitzpatrick and Professor Edmond Byrne

Highly commended: University of Manchester
Dr Laurence Stamford, Dr Rosa Cuellar Franca, Professor Adisa Azapagic, Professor Colin Webb and Dr Arthur Garforth

2015 winner

University College London
Highly commended: Newcastle University


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