Electronic Library for the Center for Sustainable Engineering

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Website for NSF-funded research and education center. "Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University established the Center for Sustainable Engineering in 2005, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency. Sustainable Engineering may be defined as engineering for human development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Bruntland Commission, 1987). Examples of Sustainable Engineering include: - Using methods that minimize environmental damage to provide sufficient food, water, shelter, and mobility for a growing world population - Designing products and processes so that wastes from one are used as inputs to another - Incorporating environmental and social constraints as well as economic considerations into engineering decisions As the global population grows and standards of living improve, there will be increasing stress on the world's limited resources. Thus engineers of the future will be asked to use the earth's resources more efficiently and produce less waste, while at the same time satisfying an ever-increasing demand for goods and services. To prepare for such challenges, engineers will need to understand the impact of their decisions on built and natural systems, and must be adept at working closely with planners, decision makers, and the general public. Sustainable Engineering emphasizes these and related issues."

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