June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
11.150.1 - 11.150.10
Academic - Industrial Partnerships to Advance Pollution Prevention
Student projects have examined how to apply pollution prevention strategies to both R&D and manufacturing in several chemical industries. This has been accomplished through industry-university partnerships with pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies. Several grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency have supported initiatives in green chemistry, engineering and design. These projects have the broader goal of supporting sustainability in the chemical industry.
Too often the teaching of a technical subject like green engineering is limited to an individual class experience or one dimensional laboratory or design experience. The teaching of pollution prevention in the curriculum is greatly enhanced by active participation of students throughout the curriculum and in real-world projects. Green engineering is a multidisciplinary topic that if practiced to the fullest would greatly improve how industry operates and provide a sustainable future. Rowan University is incorporating green engineering into its curricula in various course and our latest efforts (as described in this paper) are to actively involve industry in green engineering projects through our engineering clinic program. In this paper we refer to the terms pollution prevention and green engineering interchangeably. Green chemistry and engineering methods are forms of pollution prevention. EPA defines pollution prevention/source reduction as any practice which does one or more of the following:
• Reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling, treatment or disposal. • Reduces the hazards to public health and the environment associated with the release of such substances, pollutants, or contaminants. • Reduces or eliminates the creation of pollutants through - increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or other resources; or - protection of natural resources by conservation.
Specifically this paper addresses pollution prevention through green chemistry, green engineering and design for the environment strategies.
The EPA originally defined green engineering as the design, commercialization and use of processes and products that are feasible and economical while minimizing the generation of pollution at the source and also minimizing risk to human health and the environment . The
Slater, C. S., & Savelski, M., & Hesketh, R. (2006, June), Academic Industrial Partnerships To Advance Pollution Prevention Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/157
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