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A Student Overview In Practical Sustainability

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Conference

2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Teaching Engineering and Public Policy

Tagged Division

Engineering and Public Policy

Page Count

18

Page Numbers

13.112.1 - 13.112.18

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/4410

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15

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Cindy Orndoff Florida Gulf Coast University

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Abstract
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A Student Overview In Practical Sustainability

Abstract

One purpose of teaching sustainability in an engineering curriculum is to foster civic responsibility and develop informed citizens who are responsible to their professions, communities, posterity and to the world. This paper provides a series of five reports authored by undergraduate students which portray the student perspective on green construction practices and how the implementation of such practices impact on sustainability in real world applications. Students explore various techniques for construction professionals, property owners and policy makers that promote the aesthetic and economic benefits of green construction. Investigating real world examples, students discover how the public policy arena affects sustainability. This paper demonstrates engineering students developing consideration of high standards and ethics in regards to engineering service delivery via sustainability practices. The students expand on the social impact of implementing sustainability and how the related public policy can advance such efforts. The goal was to not only expose the students “green” building but to investigate the implementation while encouraging them to visualize the possibilities of further implementation of sustainability practices and to integrate sustainability concepts into the engineering mindset regardless of the project.

Introduction

One purpose of teaching sustainability in an engineering curriculum is to foster civic responsibility and develop informed citizens who are responsible to their professions, communities, posterity and to the world. This paper involves a guided student study of sustainability in engineering. Essentially students began to investigate how we as engineers utilize and implement existing research and products into delivery to the customer particularly in terms of green engineering. Due to rising costs in energy, engineering services delivered need to be self sustaining whether new or reconstructed.

The course provided the students the ability to investigate and document green construction practices and its impact on sustainability in real world applications. This papers overviews the student exploration of various techniques used by construction professionals, property owners and policy makers that promote the aesthetic and economic benefits of green construction. The research gathered by the students resulted in the following reports produced by undergraduate students and compiled by graduate students. The compendium of construction practices from the student perspective that bring to light the advantages of implementing green construction include the following five sustainability topical areas: Educating Property Owners and Buyers, A Greener World – Green Construction Practices to Rebuild and Preserve, Greener Roofs for A Greener Community, Benefits of Protective Construction Practices and Tree Conservation through Proper Construction Techniques.

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Orndoff, C. (2008, June), A Student Overview In Practical Sustainability Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4410

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