Engaging Students in an Integrated Solid Waste Management Program at a Higher Education Institution. Presenter : Daniela Sanguino Authors : Mariana Ruiz Adriana Acevedo. A new approach to include environmental education among engineering students.
Presenter: Daniela Sanguino
Authors: Mariana Ruiz
A new approach to Program at a Higher Education Institutioninclude environmental education among engineering students.
Focusing on a specific area of sustainability: Solid Waste Management.
Based on a series of activities to be completed by students in different semesters of the undergraduate curricula, engineering majors.
(Mexico) Studies on waste management:
Recyclable materials represent more than 60% of the total waste generated.
“Sustainable development should be integrated in the engineering courses contents, rather than teaching it as a separate course.”
It’s a Win-Winsituation
Main barriers: Program at a Higher Education Institution
Students should be immersed in focused and regionalized sustainability projects in order to promote a meaningful and results-oriented experience.
a) Doesn’t end up as a collection of independent environmental experiences.
b) Contributes from different perspectives and with diverse engineering techniques, to the solution of a single sustainability issue.
IBERO & Solid Waste Management Program
Include environmental topics within different engineering courses.
Teach engineering concepts with a hands-on approach through real-life applications and projects.
Reduce solid waste generated on campus.
The lead researcher of SWMP & professors lecturing the target courses designed the experience.
“The knowledge and abilities you get from all courses of Industrial Engineering can be applied all together in a project like this (…)”
Industrial E. student: “I think that the vermicomposting recycling process can be a good business in an industrial level (…).”
“I definitely support this kind of projects because of their philosophical basis, creating a sustainable world.”