June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
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Environmental Concepts of Engineering Students
This paper deals with the Environmental Concepts held by Civil/Construction Engineering students and their concern towards the Environment. Based on a survey instrument adapted from The Environmental Resource Center (ERC), the mean and standard deviation of the responses were calculated. The average value was 224 which is considered in the “Earth Watchdog” category.
The survey instrument was completed by students enrolled in a Hazardous Waste Management course and may measure the level at which pollution has touched the respondents’ lives. Specifically, many believe the environment in which they live is good and haven’t been personally harmed by pollution. Others seemed convinced of the gravity of environmental problems, but also appear to realize the underlying cause may be human greed and selfishness. This paper discusses the findings of the investigation and suggests future actions which may be undertaken.
In its fourth decade, the environmental movement has won enormous support among Americans, support that is likely to be put to the test as the nation addresses environmental problems global in scope. Most ''green'' issues are presented as choices between protecting the environment and growing the economy: You can have a logging industry or save the spotted owl. You can reduce greenhouse gases or have industrial growth. Most Americans, however, seem to be seeking a choice that includes and rather than just or. They tell pollsters they care about the environment and fear it will get worse, yet seem torn on how to respond and unready to accept the sacrifices that some environmentalists believe are necessary.
Twenty-five years ago, environmentalists could target ''point sources'' -- pollution that could be tied to a specific source, such as smokestack industries, toxic waste dumping, and ocean discharge pipes. It was a war against pollution that people could see and smell. That struggle, difficult as it was, at least had the advantage of clarity, both in the causes and the solutions. Now much environmental effort has shifted to more diffuse ''non-point'' pollution, caused by problems on a regional or even global scale. In the 1970s and 1980s, for example, the fight against ocean pollution concentrated on industrial outfall pipes, improved sewage treatment, and dumping garbage at sea. Now, environmental regulators in many areas are contending with problems like "runoff"; pollutants washed into the sea from farms, businesses and lawns. Global warming is perhaps the most prominent example of a potentially catastrophic problem that so far has few tangible manifestations. Despite mounting evidence that the climate is changing and global temperatures rising as a result of carbon emissions, deep differences exist about the urgency of climate change and who should bear the burden of addressing it.1, 2
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Koehn, E., & Koehn, J., & Nagumantri, P. (2008, June), Environmental Concepts Of Civil/Construction Engineering Students Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3886
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