ASU professor named chair of IEEE Sustainability Initiative

IEEE takes an active role in promoting dialog on issues revolving around the environment and sustainability. ASU helps.
By Control Engineering Staff February 18, 2009
Brad Allenby, ASU professor and chair of IEEE Presidential Sustainability Initiative.
Brad Allenby, ASU professor and chair of IEEE Presidential Sustainability Initiative.

Phoenix, AZ Arizona State University engineering professor Brad Allenby has been named chair of the newly founded Presidential Sustainability Initiative of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Leaders of the IEEE say the sustainability movement is poised to have broad impacts on environmental protection, resource management, and related societal issues. They want the organization to take an active role in promoting a “more rational and informed public dialog” on issues revolving around the environmental and sustainability movement.
“The IEEE recognizes that sustainability requires an international dialog, but also that there is a lack of information regarding emerging technologies and their potential social, cultural and environmental implications,” says John Vig, IEEE president and the moving force behind creation of its Sustainability Initiative.

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“We are committing the IEEE to an active role in supporting a responsible, informed discussion about sustainability, and the role technology systems will play in helping to achieve it,” Vig says.
The initiative committee is being established with 10 members chosen from around the world for their expertise. The group is to lay groundwork for increasing contributions from the IEEE membership as a whole. Much of the organization’s work– from research on the creation of a smart electrical grid, renewable energy resources, computers and virtual travel systems – already provides a substantial information resource on sustainability.
Allenby came to ASU in 2004. He is a professor in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering. He also is a professor of law and the Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics in ASU’s Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics.
Previously he was a director of Energy and Environmental Systems at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory , and a vice president of Research, Technology and Environment for AT&T Corp . He’s considered one of the pioneers of industrial ecology.

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