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This paper describes the incorporation of life cycle assessment issues for teaching students from a variety of engineering disciplines. Green energy manufacturing is an emerging field and also provides a sustainable development model for modern manufacturing industries. Sustainable green manufacturing encompasses the design of manufacturing processes to prioritize energy conservation, pollution prevention or reduction, and increased health and safety of communities, employees, and consumers. In this age of global warming and diminishing fossil fuel stores, society is becoming increasingly aware that seemingly small decisions can have surprisingly far-reaching implications on the environment and future generations. An engineering solution’s life cycle includes all of the inter-related stages of its existence, from design to manufacturing and, ultimately, disposal. Life cycle is commonly used to assess environmental impact in each of these stages. Academic disciplines such as industrial ecology and life cycle assessment, which are part this incorporation, are essential in helping engineers understand the importance of using scientific assessment to evaluate systematic sustainability impacts. The overall goal of this paper is to share the teaching experience in more details of this process for life cycle assessment and broaden the thinking of sustainability for engineering education in design and manufacturing.
Chiou, R., & Ertekin, Y., & Tseng, T. B., & Kadapa, S., & Chadha, S. H. (2017, June), Incorporating Life-Cycle Assessment Issues for Green Energy Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28510
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