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Development of a Sustainable Design Rubric to Assess Student Abilities to Apply Sustainability Principles in Engineering DesignAlthough technological innovation may have contributed to current unsustainable practices,science and engineering are important fields for developing and implementing sustainabledevelopment strategies. To properly initiate educational reforms needed to train sustainably-conscious engineers, methods are needed to assess application of sustainability knowledge.While metric systems are available for quantifying sustainability of large-scale engineeringprojects, there are no similar methods for judging the sustainability of student projects.The goal of this work is to develop and apply a rubric to quantify student abilities to incorporatesustainability during the design process. The Nine Principles of Sustainable Design wereselected as the rubric basis because they are expert-derived and general enough to be applicableto many engineering projects. From these principles, 16 sustainable design criteria wereextracted. The rubric includes an earned points scale, which quantifies the extent to which aproject addresses each criterion, and a potential points scale, which is used to quantify theapplicability of each criterion to a given project. To ensure rubric validity, it was reviewed by anexpert panel of eight faculty and graduate students. Three expert judges are currently using therubric to score GT CEE capstone projects from Fall 2011. Results will be used to characterizethe ability of GT graduates to engage in sustainable design, and ultimately identify strategies forimproving the undergraduate curriculum. Furthermore, analysis of GT capstone projects willserve as a demonstration of how the sustainable design rubric can be applied in other engineeringdisciplines and academic institutions to guide curriculum and course reform.
Watson, M. K., & Barrella, E. M., & Wall, T. A., & Noyes, C. R., & Rodgers, M. O. (2013, June), Development and Application of a Sustainable Design Rubric to Evaluate Student Abilities to Incorporate Sustainability into Capstone Design Projects Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19422
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