Established in 2002, Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a nonprofit network comprised of students, university faculty and professionals that implements sustainability through design projects, multi-disciplinary education, and shared community.
ESW consists of student and professional chapters that design and implement solutions to campus, community, and international challenges. ESW has over 50 undergraduate chapters at some of the leading institutions across the US, including Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Smith College, Georgia Tech, UC–San Diego, Harvey Mudd College, California Institute of Technology, UC–Berkeley, and Stanford. Outside of the US, ESW has chapters at the University of British Columbia and University of Guleph. ESW also has professional chapters in major cities like Boston, Pittsburgh, Houston, Providence, and New York City.
ESW has been lucky to have the support of generous sponsors, partners, and donors. From community businesses to multinational corporations, nonprofit networks to local NGOs, these companies and organizations believe in building a more sustainable world and giving the next generation of students and professionals the skills to tackle complex sustainability issues. ESW has used funds and resources to help fund student projects, initiatives, conferences, courses, and other learning and development opportunities.
Each year ESW hosts both regional and annual conferences at institutions containing an ESW undergraduate chapter. In 2015 the Rochester Institute of Technology ESW Chapter hosted the annual conference in New York. In 2016 the University of California–Berkeley ESW Chapter hosted the conference in California and this year the University of Texas–Austin ESW Chapter will be hosting ESW’s 2017 annual conference. Each conference contains chapter project showcases, inter-chapter challenges and competitions, and sustainability talks and speakers in addition to professional networking opportunities.
Since 2014, ESW has offered a series of digital short courses led by knowledgeable members and professionals to provide new opportunities to learn and engage with new ideas and to continue to professional develop. Short courses have ranged from a wide set of topics, including: new design methods, life-cycle assessments, passive solar architecture, ecological economics, and energy policy. Access to courses is available to students and professional members at discounted rates but open to all students and professionals everywhere. Designed to be 4-6 weeks long and as interactive as possible, each short course is big enough to have many viewpoints, but small enough for good discussion and participant-driven topics. ESW currently has 4 courses planned for the spring and fall of 2017.