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Introduction Of Sustainability To Civil And Construction Engineering Students

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Trends in Construction Engineering Education II

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14.812.1 - 14.812.13



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Enno Koehn Lamar University

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Enno “Ed” Koehn is Professor of Civil Engineering at Lamar University. Dr. Koehn has served as the principle investigator for several research and development projects dealing with various aspects of construction. He also has experience in the design, scheduling, and estimating of facilities. He has authored/co-authored over 200 papers in engineering education, as well as the general areas of civil and construction engineering. Dr. Koehn is a member of ASEE, AACE International, ASCE, NSPE, Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and is a registered Professional Engineer and Surveyor.

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Devang Patel Lamar University

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Devang was awarded a Master of Engineering (Civil) degree from Lamar University. He has worked as a Structural Engineer for Yognipum Associates in the area of the design and analysis of steel and concrete structures. Mr. Patel holds an Engineering in Training (EIT)Certificate.

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Santosh Khonde Lamar University

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Santosh was awrded a Master of Engineering (Civil) degree from Lamar University. He has worked as a Structural Engineer with Shah and Talati Consulting Engineerin, where he was involved with the design of concrete and steel structures.

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Introduction of Sustainability to Civil/ Construction Engineering Students


Recently, numerous civil engineering articles involve the concept of going green and sustainable development. Various papers related to sustainable development have been written but few relate to how civil engineering students can apply these innovations in their academic curriculum and assist them in discovering green technologies and their applications during a professional career. This paper is an effort to highlight the importance of knowledge regarding sustainability in the academic curriculum. Education now-a-days is not just about knowing conventional technologies, but also to discover alternate technologies to save vanishing natural resources. In other words, it may be also defined as “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".12 The approach utilized to study sustainability at a specific institution is presented which may also be used in other institutions to present the concept of sustainability. Recently it has been estimated that the future sustainable (green) economy could create roughly four million jobs. This forecast should certainly be of interest to construction students and contractors.


“… the people who will succeed 15 years from now, the countries which will succeed, are those which are most based on a sustainable vision of the world. That is what we should be training people to do.”16

The balancing of economic, social and environmental objectives, both now and into the future has become known as Sustainable Development and this is increasingly important for a range of organizational and spatial needs. Therefore, sustainable development has become an important issue on international, regional and national agendas concerning education policy during the past few years.3

It is anticipated that the next generation will be faced with an unprecedented challenge to redesign nearly every major natural resource based system on the planet. Specifically, they will inherit systems of industrial and technological growth that are simultaneously destroying or depleting much of nature and endangering human and non-human species, while offering the highest material standard of living and rate of consumption ever known.

Some believe that, “Education is critical for promoting sustainable development and improving the capacity of people to address environmental and developmental issues.”4 It is argued that Sustainable Development is now absolutely central to the practice of Civil Engineering and this needs to be reflected in the education and training of civil engineers.2 The essence of education, formal or informal, primary or tertiary, is to explore the edges of possibility and probability needed to transform and improve upon the conditions of both the learner and the community.

Koehn, E., & Patel, D., & Khonde, S. (2009, June), Introduction Of Sustainability To Civil And Construction Engineering Students Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4859

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