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Perks of starting a chapter
✔ Access to funding opportunities and ESW conference discounts
✔ A community of people passionate about sustainability
✔ Leadership experience through sustainability-oriented projects,
✔ Networking opportunities such as the ESW Annual Conference and regional conferences,
✔ Matching with a liaison from ESW-HQ who connects each chapter to resources, collaborations, and funding opportunities from our national network,
✔ Free ESW membership for all student members and one faculty adviser.
What are the requirements for starting a student chapter?
- A faculty advisor and official school recognition,
- An initial founding document and identification of a few initial projects,
- An identified means of paying chapter dues.
What are the chapter dues?
Annual dues are $450. We offer discounted dues for chapters in need.
About Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a global 501c3 nonprofit network of over 1,750 engineers and problem solvers working to make their communities a better place.
Founded in 2002, Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is an international network of over 1,750 members and more than 50 collegiate chapters working to build a more sustainable world through technical hands-on projects. Since its founding, ESW has supported over 300 chapter-led projects in 12 countries and 23 states and Canadian provinces. Past projects have included a self contained living unit and design studio for mobile deployment in disaster relief areas, a prototype of an affordable solar-powered lamp for citizens of Haiti, and a hydroponic system for a local food pantry to produce low cost food for the community.
Our current signature programs are Build Day, CommUnity, and Project Grants. Build Day unites neighborhoods for a day of action to literally build more sustainable communities. Students can enroll in CommUnity for a 6-month project-based curriculum in community-based work. We also distribute small project grants to our chapters to support ongoing initiatives.
Do I have to be an engineer to join?
NO! We believe that you do not have to be an engineer in order to engineer change. We welcome students and professionals of all backgrounds to join us in building a more sustainable world.
A sustainable world supported by a network of passionate engineers.
To empower engineers to tackle sustainability challenges.
Design and implement hands-on sustainability projects across the globe.
Educate students and practicing engineers on sustainability best practices.
Unite people who are passionate about sustainability to create a global network.
Social, environmental, and economic sustainability are all necessary
A sustainable world has to have a robust ecosystem, a lasting and equitable society, and a stable economy. Though our work often focuses on addressing environmental issues, we recognize these other elements as equally important.
Anyone can join and contribute meaningfully
We recognize the importance of a diversity of skills, backgrounds, and perspectives in addressing complex issues, and actively encourage participation.
We collaborate rather than compete
While competition is an important element of a sustainable economy, we’re concerned with solving problems, not with making a profit. We know the challenges we face are beyond the scope of engineers alone to address, and so we seek to share our knowledge and collaborate with others, in order to more effectively develop lasting solutions that work for everyone involved.
Innovation doesn’t always mean new technologies
Appropriate solutions don’t always require innovation, but when they do, that can include both technical innovation and innovative implementation of traditional methods and technologies. We build off of what others have done to avoid reinventing the wheel.
Implementation and education are equally important for long-term change
Education is important in understanding environmental issues and training future engineers, but implementation of appropriate solutions is also required to ensure a visible, lasting impact.
It's worth doing the right thing. It’s also worth doing things right.
We are ethical and diligent in our work. We develop data-driven solutions to real problems and invest the time and effort to provide quality results, and then we learn from both failures and successes to drive future improvements.
We are pragmatic optimists
Pragmatism means seeing the world as it is - in context, with complexity, and often not in very good shape. Optimism is a belief that that things can improve. Both are essential for finding effective steps forward.
Suits and stiffness are not requirements for professionalism
Sometimes we need to laugh. Sometimes short sleeves and sneakers make more sense than suits (say, when building gardens). Our ability to be professionals while making a better world isn’t compromised by including students or having fun.
Take a look at some of our outstanding projects from the last year...
UC Irvine Digital Waste Bins
A digital waste bin that displays the amount of trash thrown in and how much Co2 emissions it is equivalent to. The goal of the project is to raise awareness about carbon emissions and bring attention to the different types of trash cans so waste can be dumped properly.
CSU LB Solar Water Filter
Solar water filter was designed to be a COTS (commercial off the shelf) water filter that could be deployed in disaster situations instead of using bottled water. These filters could be kept in disaster-prone areas and/or be shipped from one disaster site to the next.
UC Berkeley Floating Wetland
This project will be working with the parks department in order to plan, construct and implement man made wetlands ("Floating Islands") on lake Temescal in Oakland. In the last year alone, all of the lakes within a 30 mile radius of Berkeley have had toxic algae blooms at least once. Non-toxic algae blooms create sheets of algae inches thick that block sunlight from reaching plants in the water, along with not allowing the water to be oxygenated (fish need oxygen). This effectively creates dead-zones in the water where nothing can live! These blooms can also spontaneously turn toxic and release a neurotoxin, which has already killed multiple dogs in the area! These blooms are created by the perfect storm of lots of sunlight, fertilizer in the water and not enough rain. Essentially, we will be creating an engineered "floating wetland" made out of recycled plastic bottles, burlap, etc. that uses plants to clean water and provide habitat for birds, fish, and other wildlife.
The purpose of this project is to aid a 3rd world community in Mexico using sustainable technologies while preserving its cultural values. Subprojects include the Casa del Pueblo, Solar PV System, Solar Hot Water, and Storm Water Draining.
Outcomes of the project have been building a community house in the village of Ek’Balam, Mexico, installing a solar PV system for the house, and implementing solar water heaters for houses in the village. People in the community have been able to gain hot water, sustainably house volunteers in the village, and learn about sustainable technologies. We have learned that there is always room for improvement in designs and planning for international trips is a very necessary process to get work done.
U Pitt STORM
STORM stands for Students Taking On Runoff Management. This project aims at tackling the combined sewer overflow that Pittsburgh, along with many other cities, faces. The main route taken is to design and implement green infrastructure in and around Pitt’s community. In 2014, a rain garden was planted in a community space. The rain garden was not upkept for several years, so STORM revamped this year in determination to revitalize the old rain garden as well as build new rain gardens in other in-need areas.
University of British Columbia Campus Biodiesel
The campus biodiesel project seeks to produce biodiesel from waste cooking oil produced on UBC campus. Cooking oil can be collected from the dining halls of first year residence, in partnership with UBC food services. ESW has access to use a reactor system in the Chemical and Biological Engineering building with the capacity to produce 60 L batches. There is also a fuel dispensing system in the equipment yard of the building. The goal of the project is to produce batches of biodiesel with reliable quality to be used by diesel powered vehicles in fleet services.
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