ME415 Sustainability and Design for Environment
Colisted as ENVIR 415 and CEE 495
Instructor: Professor Joyce Smith Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sustainability describes industrial development and supporting technologies that meet the needs of the present while sustaining the quality of the environment so that future generations may meet their own needs. Related engineering efforts that incorporate the consideration of sustainability into product and process design are called Design for Environment (DFE). DFE promotes pollution prevention, resource conservation, and extended product responsibility by including their consideration within concurrent engineering design. Trends within this emerging area of research and business practice include industrial environmental management standards, life cycle partnerships, product takeback, and environmental declarations (annual environmental reports, ecolabels/ product category rules, etc.).
This course uses DFE to introduce students to the concepts and methodologies of sustainability, industrial ecology, pollution prevention, and Life Cycle Assessment within the context of system design and examines the practice of, opportunities for, and the role of the engineer in DFE. Students work in teams that prepare a design project proposal, midterm inventory report, and a final impact analysis with recommendations for improvement.
This class was featured on the Seattle Channel, Sustainable By Design: New School Engineering