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June 23, 2013
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Implementation of Sustainability Concepts in Environmental Engineering Curriculums John Woolschlager, Associate Professor and Chair Civil Engineering Department Saint Louis UniversityLong-established Environmental Engineering programs are historically rooted inSanitary Engineering curriculum (water and wastewater engineering) that wastypically a sub-specialty of Civil Engineering. Over time, EnvironmentalEngineering became more diverse, including topics in air pollution, groundwaterremediation, and hazardous waste management, reflecting the evolving areas ofpractice in the professional field. More recently, many Environmental Engineeringprograms have begun to incorporate sustainability principles into the curriculum,some even including the word “sustainability” in the program titles. The purposeof this paper is to examine the evolution in Environmental Engineering programsas principles of sustainability are incorporated into the curriculums. A national-level review of ABET accredited Civil and Environmental Engineering programsreveals that a significant number of program are using the word “sustainability” or“sustainable” in the program title, program objectives, and/or student learningoutcomes. However, use of these words often does not translate into asubstantially different curriculum from that of “traditional” EnvironmentalEngineering programs not emphasizing sustainability. This likely results fromperceived and real constraints of ABET accreditation or the often difficult task ofachieving major curriculum change in established departments. Programs that doshow a significant curriculum evolution vary greatly in how sustainability conceptsare incorporated into the programs. This variability likely exists due to ambiguityin the meaning of sustainability and how the concept of sustainability fits into moretraditional fields, such as Environmental Engineering.
Woolschlager, J. (2013, June), Implementation of Sustainability Concepts in Environmental Engineering Curriculumns Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19715
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