How do you ‘teach’ sustainability to engineers? introducing the engineering sustainable solutions program

Paten, Cheryl, Palousis, Nick, & Hargroves, Karlson (2005) How do you ‘teach’ sustainability to engineers? introducing the engineering sustainable solutions program. In 2005 Society of Sustainability and Environmental Engineering National Conference, 18-19 July 2005, Sydney, NSW.


Environmental engineers are increasingly being required to have knowledge about sustainability in their professional careers. Accreditation mechanisms for including sustainability in degree program requirements exist and are gradually being implemented by Engineers Australia. However, true integration of sustainability material into higher and vocational education curricula is still low, particularly outside the environmental engineering degree programs. In addition to environmental engineering, it is crucial for engineering across the specialisations, to be exposed to sustainability concepts and theories.

This paper will demonstrate how sustainability as a ‘critical literacy’ can be designed for teaching within mainstream engineering education, using a current Australian project as a case study. The project demonstrates that sustainability education for all engineers is not only possible, but that there is international interest in collaborating in such an educational initiative. A pilot trial of the Introductory Module was undertaken in Semester 1 2004 and Version 2 trials are now proceeding with a number of universities and organisations nationally and internationally. Further modules are currently being developed in collaboration with Engineers Australia and UNESCO. The program is a finalist in the 2005 Banksia Awards (Category 11, Environmental Leadership Education and Training).

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ID Code: 71093
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This paper was published under the first author's married name at the time (Paten ). This author now publishes under the name, Cheryl Desha
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified (090799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 07 May 2014 23:58
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 19:01

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