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Applying Green Engineering Throughout The Curriculum

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.200.1 - 6.200.15



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James Newell

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Kathryn Hollar

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Mariano Savelski

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Stephanie Farrell

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Dianne Dorland

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Robert Hesketh

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C. Stewart Slater

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Kevin Dahm

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Applying Green Engineering Throughout the Curriculum

Robert P. Hesketh, Mariano J. Savelski, Dianne Dorland, C. Stewart Slater, Kathryn Hollar, Stephanie Farrell, James Newell, and Kevin Dahm Rowan University Chemical Engineering 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701

Prepared for presentation at 2001 ASEE Annual Conference, Environmental Engineering Division Session


Green engineering embraces the concept that decisions to protect human health and the environment can have the greatest impact—and provide the most cost savings—when applied in the design and development of a process or product, before any waste is generated. Specifically, green engineering is the design, commercialization and use of processes and products that are feasible and economical while minimizing 1) generation of pollution at the source and 2) risk to human health and the environment. This paper presents tools and methods to incorporate green engineering throughout the curriculum.


The need to introduce green engineering concepts to undergraduate students has become recognized to be increasingly important.1 This need is being driven in part through the ABET engineering criteria 2000. Based on this criteria chemical engineering departments must incorporate “ethics, safety and the environment” into the curricula. An additional criterion that must be satisfied is to prepare students with a broad education to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global context. The most common method to introduce green engineering has been through a senior/graduate level elective course on environmental engineering, with emphasis on end of the process treatment. Recently, courses have been developed that focus on methods to minimize or prevent waste streams from exiting chemical plants. These trends mirror those in industry, in which initial efforts were applied to waste treatment whereas current efforts are aimed at reducing the total volume of effluent treated as well as the nature of the chemicals treated. Efforts are now underway to incorporate aspects of green engineering throughout the curriculum.

In 1998 the Environmental Protection Agency initiated a program in green engineering to develop a text book on green engineering; disseminate these materials and assist university professors in using these materials through national and regional workshops. The textbook is titled, “Green Engineering: Environmentally Conscious Design of Chemical Processes,” and the major authors are David Allen and David Shonnard. The textbook is a designed for both a senior

Newell, J., & Hollar, K., & Savelski, M., & Farrell, S., & Dorland, D., & Hesketh, R., & Slater, C. S., & Dahm, K. (2001, June), Applying Green Engineering Throughout The Curriculum Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--8911

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