Sustainable Engineering Talk

CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING and

MATERIAL SCIENCES ENGINEERING

on Friday, November 18, at 2 pm in Olsson 120

 

Braden Allenby, PhD

Founding Director, Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management

Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Engineering

Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Professor of Law

Arizona State University

 

The Challenge of Sustainable Engineering

 

There is growing interest in sustainability and sustainable engineering among professionals, clients, stakeholders, and the public.  While the concept is unquestionably popular, it is also ill-defined, and frequently misunderstood, often because it fails to adequately engage with issues of emerging technologies, and the complexity, uncertainty, and contingency that they create.  This leads to a difficult dilemma for engineers and technologists: although sustainability cannot be responsibly ignored, neither can it be defined so that it can easily be integrated into engineering and design decisions.  Responding to this challenge will require significant enhancement of current engineering, policy, management, and planning practices and frameworks.

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