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MECH 425 Engineering for Sustainable DevelopmentF 36-0-6 42
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of engineering for sustainability and sustainable development. It covers aspects of appropriate technology, green engineering and materials, resource conservation, renewable resources, and design for extreme affordability. Another emphasis of the course is to introduce students to a range of engineering problem solving methods: methods to identify and select sustainable solutions to design problems; methods of improving existing engineering solutions; and methods of systems thinking. Technical, economic, and social consequences of engineering practices and processes will be examined to better delineate the complex engineering decisions related to social and environmental issues. The goal of this course is to assist students in the application of science and innovation to meet human needs while indefinitely preserving the life support systems of the planet. (0/0/0/21/21)
Students will gain an understanding of the social and environmental responsibilities of a professional engineer and the role of sustainability in engineering design and product life cycles, and advance the body of knowledge related to appropriate technologies in both Canada and in developing regions of the world. The course hopes to improve education resources and technology transfer to increase the effectiveness of student projects working towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Students will also improve their problem solving ability, written and oral communication, and teamwork skills.
Required Course Materials
- $29 for project costs
- Citizen Engineer
- Sustainable Development for Engineers: A Handbook and Resource Guide, Edited by Karel Mulder, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, Greenleaf, 2006.
- Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (Paperback)by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, 2002.
- The Natural Advantage of Nations. Hargroves and Smith, eds. Earthscan: London, 2006.
- Becoming Part of the Solution: The Engineer's Guide to Sustainable Development by Bill Wallace, ASCE Publications, 2005.
- Assorted Journal Papers will be referenced in class.
Lectures will concentrate on the presentation of theory with some simple examples. Problem solving and design experience will be gained from assignments and tutorial sessions.
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Abbreviated Course Outline:
1. Why do we need sustainability?
2. Patterns of development and sustainable development
3. Appropriate technology – Canada and the developing world
4. Design for sustainable development and design for extreme affordability
5. Resource conservation
6. Green materials
7. Green engineering and systems engineering
8. Sustainable development and the company
9. Innovation processes
10. Renewable energy
- www.appropedia.org (Appropriate Technology Wiki)
- (SPeARTM, Sustainable Project Appraisal Routine, a project appraisal methodology, to be used as a tool for rapid review of the sustainability of projects, plans, products and organizations)
- www.bestfootforward.com (Tools to measure and communicate environmental impact and sustainability, including an environmental measurement methodology called EcoIndexTM)
- http://www.collegepublishing.us/jesdhome.htm (Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Development: Energy, Environment, and Health)
- www.ice.org.uk/about_ice/aboutice_sustainability.asp (for the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Environment and Sustainability Activity)
- www.icheme.org/sustainability (Institution of Chemical Engineers Sustainability Metrics – indicators that can be used to measure sustainability performance of an operating unit)
- http://www.naturalstep.org/com/nyStart/ (The Natural Step provides a visionary blueprint for a sustainable world. As an international advisory and research organization, the Natural Step work with some of the largest resource users on the planet to create solutions, models and tools designed to accelerate global sustainability)
- www.qub.ac.uk/feng/courses/RAEngGuide_lo.pdf (Engineering for Sustainable Development: Guiding Principles- The Royal Academy of Engineering)
- http://sustainabilityscience.org/ (The Forum on Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development is an attempt to outline the burgeoning field. Rather than looking broadly at sustainability, the Forum focuses on the way in which science and innovation can be conducted and applied to meet human needs while preserving the life support systems of the planet.)
- www.wbcsd.org (World Business Council for Sustainable Development)
- www.worldenergy.org/wec-geis (World Energy Council promotes the sustainable supply and use of energy)
- http://portal.unesco.org/ev.php?URL_ID=1071&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201&reload=1045842260 (UNESCO Portal for Sustainable Development)
- Sustainable development is development that meets the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
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