Surveying the state of higher education in energy efficiency, in Australian engineering curriculum

Desha, Cheryl & Hargroves, Karlson (2010) Surveying the state of higher education in energy efficiency, in Australian engineering curriculum. Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(7), pp. 652-658.

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Abstract

This paper presents the method and results of a survey of 27 of the 33 Australian universities teaching engineering education in late 2007, undertaken by The Natural Edge Project (hosted by Griffith University and the Australian National University) and supported by the National Framework for Energy Efficiency. This survey aimed to ascertain the extent of energy efficiency (EE) education, and to identify preferred methods to assist in increasing the extent to which EE education is embedded in engineering curriculum. In this paper the context for the survey is supported by a summary of the key results from a variety of surveys undertaken over the last decade internationally. The paper concludes that EE education across universities and engineering disciplines in Australia is currently highly variable and ad hoc. Based on the results of the survey, this paper highlights a number of preferred options to support educators to embed sustainability within engineering programs, and future opportunities for monitoring EE, within the context of engineering education for sustainable development (EESD).

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ID Code: 44529
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: State of Engineering Education for Sustainable Development, Energy Efficiency, National Survey, Australia, HERN
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2009.07.004
ISSN: 0959-6526
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (091000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING (091500)
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2011 22:12
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2016 19:30

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