Sustainability in engineering design
1 / 30

- PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Updated On :

Sustainability in Engineering Design. ENGR 10 Introduction to Engineering. What does the word SUSTAINABILITY mean to you?. Form a small group and discuss this question. Sustainability – A Definition.

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about '' - gur

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
Sustainability in engineering design l.jpg

Sustainability in Engineering Design


Introduction to Engineering

What does the word sustainability mean to you l.jpg
What does the word SUSTAINABILITYmean to you?

  • Form a small group and discuss this question

Sustainability a definition l.jpg
Sustainability – A Definition

"sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

(Our Common Future, Brundtland Commission of the United Nations, 1987)

Slide4 l.jpg

What are some current issues that are driving engineers (and others) to think about sustainability in design?

What do you think l.jpg
What do you think?

If all people on Earth had the same consumption habits as Americans do, how many Earths would be needed to provide what the world’s population would consume?

  • 1 Earth

  • 2 Earths

  • 6 Earths

  • 20 Earths

Show of hands l.jpg
Show of hands

When you put your plastics on the curb for recycling, what happens to them?

1. They all get recycled

2. Many of them get thrown away

If you wanted to make a product of plastic which of the following would make it easiest to recycle l.jpg
If you wanted to make a product of plastic, which of the following would make it easiest to recycle?

  • Type 1

  • Type 3

  • Type 5

  • Type 6

  • I don’t know

polyethylene terephthalate

polyvinyl chloride



What happened to my soda bottle l.jpg
What happened to my soda bottle? following would make it easiest to recycle?

Patagonia developed fleece in 1993

When you recycle an aluminum can it saves enough energy to power a 60w incandescent light bulb for l.jpg
When you recycle an aluminum can, it saves enough energy to power a 60W incandescent light bulb for:

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 hour

  • 4 hours

  • 12 hours

  • 1 day

Watch film citizens at risk l.jpg
Watch film: Citizens at Risk it?

  • Another film to watch: The Story of Stuff

  • As you watch think about how this applies to engineering

In your small groups l.jpg
In your small groups it?

  • What is an example of how you might incorporate sustainability in engineering design (particularly in your field of interest)

Sustainability is not a new concept l.jpg
Sustainability is not a new concept it?

  • U.S. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 → its goal a national policy to

  • "create and maintain conditions under which [humans] and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans."

Elements of sustainability l.jpg
Elements of Sustainability it?

  • Economic – example: develop a process to use industrial waste rather than have to pay to get rid of it

  • Social – develop products that don’t disproportionally affect one population

  • Environmental – example: develop processes and products that minimize pollution

How do we judge if a product or service is sustainable l.jpg
How do we judge if a product or service is sustainable? it?

Life Cycle Assessment

(Life Cycle Analysis, Cradle to Grave Analysis)

  • Audit the total impact of the product’s (service’s)

    • resources

    • manufacturing

    • use

    • disposal

  • In terms of

    • energy

    • materials

  • (“Life Cycle Assessment,” n.d.)

    Life cycle assessment lca l.jpg
    Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) it?

    Categories of assessed damages

    • Greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O, H2O, etc.)

    • Ozone layer depletion

    • Smog

    • Mineral & fossil fuel depletion

    • Habitat destruction

    • Eutrophication (excessive nutrients)

    • Pollutants

    • Desertifcation

    Sustainability examples l.jpg
    Sustainability Examples it?

    • Dell netbooks shipped in bamboo packaging

      • Bamboo - highly renewable material as alternative to molded paper pulp, foams and corrugated cardboard

    • CA Academy of Sciences

      • Green roof – natural insulation

      • Insulation from recycled jeans

      • Photovoltaics

    • Shuto Expressway- Japan

      • Bridge lights powered using electricitygenerated from vibration caused by autos

    Bio based bottles l.jpg
    Bio-Based Bottles it?

    • Corn husks

    • Pine bark

    • Switch grass

    • 100% Sugar cane

    Slide21 l.jpg

    See what Apple is doing

    Iphone 3gs l.jpg
    iPhone 3GS

    material use

    • According to Apple:

    • Through ultra-efficient design and use of highly recyclable materials, Apple minimizes material waste at the product’s end of life.

    • Various product take-back and recycling programs in 95% of regions where Apple products are sold.

    What is sjsu doing l.jpg
    What is SJSU Doing?

    • President signed Talloires Declaration, a 10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability & environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities (see

    • Reduce consumption by 15% by the end of FY 2009/10, as compared to 2003/04. (EO 987)

    • Remodeled and new buildings - LEED* Certification

    • Artificial turf at stadium (1 million gallons water)

    • Other projects: see

    *Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

    Actions on campus examples l.jpg
    Actions on Campus - Examples

    • Spartan Shops

      • 100% of used cooking oil recycled to create biodiesel for vehicles like school buses and trucks

      • Compostable/biodegradable cups, lids, and straws

      • Tableware composed of 100% post-industrial recycled fiber products

      • Use locally grown produce when available

    • AS Computer Service Center in Student Union Computer Lab has e-waste drop off site

    • Converting landscaping to low water plants

    • Recycled water for toilets and landscaping

    Slide25 l.jpg


    Slide26 l.jpg


    Sustainability in our future l.jpg
    Sustainability in our future(

    • Phil Angelides (former CA State Treasurer): “between now and 2030, 75% of the buildings in the U.S. will either be new or substantially rehabilitated” (“What is,” 2008). Read more:,8599,1809506,00.html#ixzz0WiKqMFHL

    Green collar jobs l.jpg
    Green Collar Jobs(

    • Solar energy

    • Wind energy

    • Public transit

    • Green Building design and construction

    • Design/manufacturing of sustainable products

    • Recycling and material reuse

    • Energy efficient automobiles

    • Environmental compliance specialist

    • Many more . . .

    Green in your education l.jpg
    Green in Your Education(

    • SJSU College of Engineering has a Green Engineering Minor

    • 12 units total

    • Program goals

      • Apply principles of green and sustainable engineering to engineering problems.

      • Analyze economic and environmental impact of biofuels, photovoltaics, rechargeable batteries, and fuel cells.

      • Use life cycle thinking in engineering activities.

      • Participate in student research projects that apply new, sustainable and environmentally sound technologies and methods to real world problems.

    • More info:

    References l.jpg

    • Dashboard of Sustainability. (2009, January 2). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:55, November 24, 2009, from

    • EPA. 2009. Sustainability: Basic Information. Retrieved Nov 1, 2009 from

    • Life Cycle Assessment. (n.d.) Retrieved Nov 11, 2009 from

    • What is a Green Collar Job, Exactly? May 26, 2008. Time. Retrieved Nov 10, 2009 from,8599,1809506,00.html