Environmental sustainability education: towards a minimum service level agreement for delivery to engineering students

Craig, Ian and Thorpe, David and Goh, Steven (2011) Environmental sustainability education: towards a minimum service level agreement for delivery to engineering students. In: SSEE 2011: Escaping Silos , 24-26 Oct 2011, Brisbane, Australia.

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The intention of this paper is to equip future engineers with essential background knowledge in environmental sustainability. This will hopefully enable and motive future engineers to become more proactive in solving environmental sustainability problems. A strong requirement now exists to strengthen sustainability engineering curricula, as delivery upon this newly emerged topic is probably less consistent than in other more established areas of engineering. This review/position paper constitutes a condensation of the most pertinent concepts, but for purposes of brevity, only contains a skeleton (gist meaning) behind these concepts. The suggested checklist is merely that, and for reasons of space, is not intended to encompass a fully referenced and rigorous definition of each topic. The checklist is not meant to cover all environmental engineering topics. Importantly, the teaching philosophy behind the purely factual material alluded to, is to allow students (and staff) to formulate their own opinions and beliefs regarding specific environmental sustainability issues. This list as presented is suggested as a minimum for delivery on environmental sustainability related courses. It is hoped that this paper will stimulate discussion across universities, government, professional bodies and industry, and thereby enhance quality and uniformity in the delivery of engineering education in this important new area. It is important to note that statements and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors alone, and certainly do not apply in particular to any University in Australia, or the world.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 00:09
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 01:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental sustainability; engineering education
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20263

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