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International Environmental Regulation For Industry

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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International Engineering Education II

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11.820.1 - 11.820.11



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Saeed Foroudastan Middle Tennessee State University

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Dr. Saeed D. Foroudastan is the Associate Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and Professor of Engineering Technology. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering (1980), his M.S. in Civil Engineering (1982), and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (1987) from Tennessee Technological University. Professor Foroudastan's employment vitae includes: Assistant professor of Mechanical
Engineering for Tennessee Technological University, Senior Engineer, Advanced Development Department, Textron Aerostructures, and Middle Tennessee State University. Professor Foroudastan is involved with several professional organizations and honor societies, and has many publications to his name. He also holds U.S. and European patents.

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Lee Poe Middle Tennessee State University

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Lee Poe is a research assistant for this paper at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Technology, with a concentration in Energy Resource Management.

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Olivia Dees Middle Tennessee State University

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Olivia Dees is a graduate research assistant for the Masters of Science in Professional Science degree program at Middle Tennessee State University. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology with an emphasis on plant biology and a minor in Environmental Science and Technology. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Professional Science, with a concentration in Biotechnology.

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International Environmental Regulation for Industry


Corporations may remain profitable without causing significant damage to the environment. However, the trend is to engage in environmentally hazardous practices in the pursuit of profits. Industries should be encouraged to display more innovation in developing sustainable methods of production. To support this, regulatory structuring must make it more profitable for corporations to obey environmental regulations than to ignore them.

The minimal parameters for pollution violation need to be based upon and maintained by the following criteria: 1) the size of the fine is to be determined by a correlation of the corporation’s direct financial gain and the degree or severity of its pollution; 2) the corporation is to be held responsible for the remediation of its pollution; 3) environmental regulations are to be periodically reviewed by an independent body of experts including leaders in government, industry, science, and culture to recommend revisions based upon the needs of society and the pertinence of the policies to changing conditions.

Industries are often given leeway by the way environmental regulations are defined. Unfortunately, this can allow environmental sustainability to be exchanged for profit. More governing bodies must be implemented to periodically police not only the industries, but also the policy makers and enforcers. Once United States regulation is substantiated, international application may ensue. Corporations may become discouraged from building in less developed areas for the sole purpose of escaping regulation. Nevertheless, we should continue extending the benefits of our economy to less developed nations without inflicting a burden of ecological devastation upon their emerging prosperity.

Engineering education may become a vanguard for a new industrial environment. It is of the utmost importance that industry and living organisms flourish together. This ideology is possible through the creation of technical solutions by engineering programs which have incorporated this current issue within its curricula. By representing both industrial and environmental ideals, classroom curricula can address various obstacles to bridge these polar entities. Students can then develop creative methods in the laboratory with special research projects. Laboratory research reinforces learning through hands-on application of classroom principles, while also providing a significant atmosphere for technical collaboration with industrial contacts.

A strengthened infrastructure of international environmental regulation for industry is necessary for maintaining a healthy balance in the relationship between global industrial production and environmental sustainability. Engineering programs from universities around the world may join together in research and curriculum development to facilitate technical solutions for this increasingly noteworthy issue. The implementation of projects with this theme will allow us to engineer not only better industry, but also a better environment and entire world.

Foroudastan, S., & Poe, L., & Dees, O. (2006, June), International Environmental Regulation For Industry Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--398

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