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Environmental Sustainability Education At The University Of Michigan: Collaboration With Industry To Provide Experiential Learning Opportunities

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Conference

2003 Annual Conference

Location

Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Page Count

5

Page Numbers

8.528.1 - 8.528.5

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https://peer.asee.org/12090

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Walter Weber

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Deborah Ross

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Angela Lueking

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Abstract
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SESSION NUMBER: 3551

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN: COLLABORATION WITH INDUSTRY TO PROVIDE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Angela D. Lueking, Deborah A. Ross, Walter J. Weber, Jr.

Department of Chemical Engineering University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-2125

Abstract

The Concentrations in Environmental Sustainability (ConsEnSus) Program at the University of Michigan is a new multi-disciplinary opportunity for graduate students in the College of Engineering to pursue interests in environmental sustainability while obtaining a traditional engineering Master's degree. Students from several engineering departments complement traditional disciplinary course requirements with courses in environmental regulations, policies, and technology. A required case studies course of the ConsEnSus Program brings practicing engineers together with students to discuss real-world sustainability problems. The industrial participants interactively present relevant case studies, and provide opportunities for experiential learning through classroom activities and term projects. This paper will further explain the ConsEnSus Program, its implementation, the initial successes of the program, and the case studies course and term project that was developed in collaboration with industry.

Motivation

The Concentrations in Environmental Sustainability (ConsEnSus) Program is designed for all engineers rather than just the environmental specialist. The motivation for ConsEnSus derives from the increasing need for engineers to not only interact effectively with environmental specialists, but to be educated first-hand in matters of environmental regulations, policies, practices, and the implementation of clean technologies. The ConsEnSus Program addresses this need by training and mentoring engineering students in the development and implementation of forward looking practices and products that anticipate and circumvent environmental problems.

Concentration Requirements

The basic requirement for ConsEnSus is successful completion of twelve credit hours of course work designed to educate a student in critical elements of environmental sustainability in the context of his/her professional practice. With completion of these credits, students receive a

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright? 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Weber, W., & Ross, D., & Lueking, A. (2003, June), Environmental Sustainability Education At The University Of Michigan: Collaboration With Industry To Provide Experiential Learning Opportunities Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12090

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