IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech)

The inaugural SusTech was held in conjunction with the 2013 IEEE-USA Annual Meeting.

Sustainability has been defined as: the pursuit of environmentally sound development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the future. [Source: UN Document A/42/427: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, August 1987]

Some have said that the developed world has achieved its success to date by stripping and mining the world of raw materials and resources, leaving behind piles of tailings and garbage. This is an ‘extractive view’ of society, rooted in the era of colonialism. It would appear this approach may not be sustainable in the long run. Especially as the people in developing nations want to improve their lives and raise their standard of living. As technologists, what can we do to develop new products and processes that while they may need or use resources, are more sustainable in the long run? Reduce, reuse, and recycle? Improve the efficiency of existing products and processes? Develop innovative or revolutionary approaches and processes?

The goal of the IEEE Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech) Conference is to explore the development and application of technology in these areas: Agriculture, Alternative Energy, Energy Efficiency, Electric Vehicles, Smart Grid, Sustainable Electronics, and Societal Implications/Quality of Life.

The intention of the SusTech conference is to explore the comprehensive nature of the sustainability concept and to emphasize the role of technology in achieving a sustainable life style. The topic listings above are meant to indicate the breadth of the area and are definitely not to be considered exhaustive.

SusTech will feature contributed papers and distinguished invited speakers in each track. Full papers that pass IEEE quality requirements will be published in the conference Proceedings and IEEE Xplore®. Topics with policy implications are welcome, in both technologies for sustainability and sustainable technologies.

Additionally, we include invited presentations and workshops that address the needs of practitioners in these areas.

Programs from prior SusTech conferences can be found in the Archives.

The current Conference committee and volunteers can be found on the Committee page.


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