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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.

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engaging students in an integrated solid waste management program at a higher education institution

Engaging Students in an Integrated Solid Waste Management Program at a Higher Education Institution

Presenter: Daniela Sanguino

Authors: Mariana Ruiz

Adriana Acevedo

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A new approach to include 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.

sustainability
Sustainability
  • Human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.
why solid waste management
Why Solid Waste Management?

(Mexico) Studies on waste management:

  • U. Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  • U. AutónomaMetropolitana (UAM)
  • U. Autónoma de Baja California (UABC)

Studies conclude:

Recyclable materials represent more than 60% of the total waste generated.

why engineering students
Why Engineering Students?
  • Sustainability as a basic competence for engineers.
  • 80% product-related environmental effects: determined during product design phase, job of engineers.
why this approach
Why this approach?

“Sustainable development should be integrated in the engineering courses contents, rather than teaching it as a separate course.”

It’s a Win-Winsituation

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Main barriers:

  • Abstract or too broad topic
  • Lack of synergy among sciences ( because of curricula design)

Students should be immersed in focused and regionalized sustainability projects in order to promote a meaningful and results-oriented experience.

major advantage of the approach
Major Advantage of the Approach:

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.

our approach
OurApproach

IBERO & Solid Waste Management Program

  • - Recycling process
  • - Vermicomposting
main objectives
Main Objectives

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.

first step
First Step

The lead researcher of SWMP & professors lecturing the target courses  designed the experience.

Define:

  • Activity
  • Individual or work teams
  • Results expected
  • Grading criteria
physicochemical analyses
Physicochemical Analyses
  • Students : Chemical Engineering
  • Physicochemical analysis of compost produced on campus
mechanical design
Mechanical Design
  • Students: Mechanical Engineering
  • Design of a food waste shredder
waste quantification and characterization
Waste quantification and characterization
  • Students : Industrial Engineering
  • Design sampling process
  • Evaluate recycling streams
environmental impact analysis
Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Students in “Environmental Impact” course
  • Studies on waste generation, handling, recycling, and composting systems
application of engineering methods
Application of Engineering Methods
  • Students: Industrial engineering
  • Analysis of the on-site recycling process
  • Study work and time
students feedback
StudentsFeedback

“The knowledge and abilities you get from all courses of Industrial Engineering can be applied all together in a project like this (…)”

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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.”

suggestions
Suggestions
  • Chose a case study that reflects the student’s reality and daily life.
  • Consider the engineering aspects of the case.
  • Think green.
  • Join forces.
  • Be time and effort realistic
  • Plan project objectives and grading criteria.
conclusions
Conclusions
  • We need to find new educational strategies oriented to sustainability and environmental awareness.
  • Include courses (or experiences) related to sustainability in engineering curricula.