July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Sustainability incorporation into engineering education is gaining in recognition and importance. Sustainability courses provide valuable connections in the notions of sustainability and they build knowledge about sustainability. Integrating sustainability concepts throughout the curriculum gives the students a broad understanding of the field and prepares students to apply sustainability principles in their engineering decisions.
This work seeks to answer the question: ‘To what extent is sustainability integration occurring in education in civil/environmental engineering and in mechanical engineering?’ The Sustainability Tracking And Reporting System (STARS) by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) provides a source of data to probe this question. Institutions report information about sustainability incorporation into their courses to the AASHE STARS system, which provides useful knowledge of existing courses and methods of sustainability integration in the curricula. Data representing 30 universities was included in this study and shows there is approximately 4.25 times the number of courses with sustainability incorporation in civil and environmental engineering compared to mechanical engineering. An overlay of the data and course structure between the two departments yields interesting observations and areas for potential leveraging of advancements within the two disciplines.
Tisdale, J. K., & Bielefeldt, A. R. (2021, July), Sustainability Incorporation in Courses in Mechanical, Civil and Environmental Engineering: Insights from AASHE STARS Data Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37791
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