Engineer’s for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a network of 1,500+ engineers and technically minded folk across the country. We consist of 50 chapters primarily at colleges and universities, with a handful of professional chapters in cities like Denver and New York City.

We believe in building a better world through hands-on projects. Our members work on everything from solar irrigation pumps to community greenhouses to low-cost wind turbines. Since 2002 ESW members have completed over 250 projects covering everything from solar energy to food waste.

We run a national engineering and resilience competition that pairs called CommUnity that pairs student teams with community partners to collaborate on solutions to local resilience needs. In 2016, Georgia Tech won our grand prize for their design of a natural herbicide. We also a series events, called Build Day, that invites a community to join an ESW chapter to literally build a solution to a sustainability challenge. In 2018 we will host three of these events across the country, including a project to improve an Elementary school.



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.