CEE 458: Sustainable Development(Elective course for a BSCE degree)
An overview of social, economical, technical, and environmental aspects of regional, national, and international efforts to achieve sustainable development. Discussion of the integration of industrial activity and ecological concerns utilizing principles of zero emissions, pollution prevention, and design for the environment.
Principles of Sustainable Development, by F. Douglas Muschett, ed., St. Lucie Press, (1997).
Beyond Growth: Economics of Sustainable Development, H. E. Daly, ed., St. Lucie Press (1997).
Reuniting Economy and Ecology, by R. Beaton and C. Maser, Lewis Publishers (1999).
Students completing this course successfully will be able to become familiar with:
- principles of sustainable development and measuring the effects of sustainable alternatives,
- understand concepts of smart growth, pollution prevention, and the importance of global issues and concerns,
- environmental management systems, environmental indicators, and economics of sustainable development,
- global infrastructure, role of International Organizations and review of world- wide cooperation efforts,
- green technology, industrial ecology, and life-cycle analysis concepts,
- the roles of brownfields and wetlands,
- energy conservation and resource management,
- eco-industrial parks and resources.
- Sustainable development and measuring effects of sustainable alternatives. (3 hours)
- Pollution prevention and smart growth. (3 hours)
- Identifying Opportunities and Analyzing Alternatives. (4 hours)
- Challenges of sustainable development; International Issues, Policies and Practices. (6 hours)
- Addressing the challenges such as proactive environment management, program economic assessment and environmental indicators. (6 hours)
- Economics of sustainable development. (6 hours)
- Environmental management systems, green industry, industrial ecology and smart developments. (6 hours)
- Integration of industrial activities and ecological concerns. (6 hours)
- Eco-industrial parks-resources/free trade/religion/carrying capacity, and engineering ethics. (3 hours)
College-level mathematics and basic sciences: 0 credits
Engineering topics: 3 credits
General education: 0 credits
This course will enhance the student's
- ability to develop design criteria to meet desired needs and to design a civil engineering system, component, or a process satisfying these criteria,
- ability to present ideas and technical material to diverse audiences in writing, visually, and verbally,
- ability to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a societal and global context,
- knowledge of current issues and awareness of emerging technologies,
- proficiency in environmental engineering.
April 14, 2003