Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development with IEEE

Aligning technical innovation with sustainability is an integral part of IEEE’s mission to advance technology for the benefit of humanity, and many diverse individuals and communities of IEEE—from around the world—are using their expertise and know-how to help develop solutions for critical sustainability issues the planet faces today.

We invite you to learn more and join us as we work together to contribute to building a more sustainable, stable, and equitable world.


IEEE is a leading authority in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and virtually every other technology area touching sustainable development—such as smart cities, transportation, building, and all aspects of power and energy generation.

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From advancing green technologies to improving data governance and privacy for citizens, many IEEE standards support the three pillars of sustainability — economic, environmental, and social — and are the cornerstone for innovation and practical solutions.

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Sustainable development and sustainability play an increasingly important role in engineering education. IEEE offers a series of courses to enable engineers and those working in technical fields to incorporate sustainable development concepts and practices into their work.

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IEEE holds hundreds of conferences each year that explore the development and application of science, engineering, and technology to promote sustainability and address challenges through discussion, ideation, and approaches.

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IEEE provides a wide range of publications covering sustainable development and related topics that make the exchange of technical knowledge and information possible among technology professionals.

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IEEE offers a variety of online forums on sustainability, environmental and related issues where technologists, engineers, scientists, industry leaders, policy makers and others can connect to share information, perspectives, and insights.

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IEEE Standards & Projects for Agriculture

Enabling smart agriculture, food security, food traceability, and food safety for a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable food system.

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IEEE Spectrum - Sustainability

Keep over 400,000 IEEE Members informed about major trends and developments in technology, engineering, and science. Explore news stories, features, special reports, podcasts, videos, and infographics about sustainability.

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IEEE Humanitarian Activities

Providing paths for volunteers from around the world to carry out and support humanitarian technology and sustainable development activities at the local level.

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A global network of IEEE volunteers partnering with underserved communities and local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development.

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IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology

Focusing on environment, economic, health and safety implications of technology through the lens of engineering ethics and education, professional responsibility, public policy and social issues.

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Featured Program

IEEE Sustainable Development Community

Supporting the overarching global IEEE sustainability community, with a current focus on developing specific action plans and deliverables for energy transformation, energy resource optimization, the circular economy, e-waste reduction, and more.

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Featured Partnership

The Global Power System Transformation Consortium (GPSTC)

Rapidly accelerating transitions to advanced low emission power systems in collaboration with power system operators in all regions.

IEEE coordinates the pillar of work on Localized Technology Adoption Support, supporting global peer learning and key technology standards and testing programs to support power system transformation and supporting a set of countries on applying these technologies and standards at the local level.

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