Sustainable engineering is the integration of social, environmental, and economic considerations in the design of products, processes, and engineered systems. This course introduces the concept of sustainability – both theory and applications – to engineers and designers. Students will apply tools to perform environmental impact assessment, life-cycle cost and benefits analyses, which provide decision guidance on the design, maintenance, and operations of products and systems.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the term, students will be able to:

  • Learn about grand societal challenges in energy and environment
  • Explain the role of technology, economics and policy in addressing these challenges
  • Evaluate the environmental impact of products, processes, services and systems
  • Develop and apply life cycle and systems thinking methods to design

Measurable Outcomes

  • Conduct, report and orally present a conceptual eco-design process
  • Recognize and evaluate environmentally preferable designs and solutions
  • Develop a life cycle assessment of a product, service or system

12 Credits

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