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What is sustainable technology? A materials perspective for learning complexity in engineering

Ashby, M.; Ferrer, D.; Segalas, J.; Bruce, J.
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Engineering Education for Sustainable Development 2013 : Re-thinking the engineer
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Book of congress proceedings
Engineering Education in Sustainable Development EESD 2013 : Proceedings of the VI International Conference on Engineering Education in Sustainable Development : Cambridge, UK, September 22-25 2013
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“Sustainability” is not a simple parameter that can be quantified and optimized in an engineering design. Issues of sustainability are intrinsically complex; their assessment requires acceptance of this complexity and working with it. Each facet (e.g. environment, society, regulations, design, materials…) can be explored in a systematic way but the integration of the facets to give a final assessment requires judgment and reflection, as there is no one single sustainable solution to a prob...
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STH - Sustainability, Technology and Humanism


  • Ashby, Mike  (author and speaker )
  • Ferrer Balas, Didac  (author and speaker )
  • Segalas Coral, Jordi  (author and speaker )
  • Bruce, John  (author and speaker )