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  1. Engaging Students in an Integrated Solid Waste Management Program at a Higher Education Institution Presenter: Daniela Sanguino Authors: Mariana Ruiz Adriana Acevedo

  2. 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.

  3. Sustainability • Human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. OurApproach IBERO & Solid Waste Management Program • - Recycling process • - Vermicomposting

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Physicochemical Analyses • Students : Chemical Engineering • Physicochemical analysis of compost produced on campus

  13. Mechanical Design • Students: Mechanical Engineering • Design of a food waste shredder

  14. Waste quantification and characterization • Students : Industrial Engineering • Design sampling process • Evaluate recycling streams

  15. Environmental Impact Analysis • Students in “Environmental Impact” course • Studies on waste generation, handling, recycling, and composting systems

  16. Application of Engineering Methods • Students: Industrial engineering • Analysis of the on-site recycling process • Study work and time

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

  18. 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.”

  19. 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.

  20. Conclusions • We need to find new educational strategies oriented to sustainability and environmental awareness. • Include courses (or experiences) related to sustainability in engineering curricula.