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Sustainable engineering

...resources to integrate sustainability issues into the teaching of engineering and other subjects

This suite of materials has been developed in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering to support teaching and learning for the 14-19 engineering diploma.

Learners studying the engineering diploma at all levels need to be able to describe and evaluate the impact of engineering on the environment and the depletion of the world's resources. It is also necessary for learners to have an understanding of the concept of sustainability and measures for reducing the impact of engineering activities on the environment.

Engineering has an important role to play in finding alternatives to carbon-based energy and addressing the depletion of the world's raw materials.  Engineers will be central to the development of a sustainable future.

Six Rs

Students look at the 6Rs, their definitions and products which illustrate the 6Rs in action

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Belief Circles

An activity to help students assess their values and beliefs in relation to sustainable and global issues

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Design Abacus

An eco-tool used to compare the sustainability of two products or design ideas

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Where's the impact?

Life-cyle analysis is used to work out the environmental impact of different products

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Moja island

A 1-2 hour class activity to help your students understand renewable energy options

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Line ups

Students evaluate the environmental, economic and social impact of everyday products

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Let's negotiate

Students look at how design specifications are balanced when developing new products

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Winners and losers

Get students thinking about who the winners and losers are when making product choices

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Guidance for Professional Engineers

You may like to look at the UK Engineering Council's leaflet - Guidance on SustainabilityThis outlines the role of professional engineers in sustainabiltiy and lists six principles to guide them in making decisions. To obtain wallet size cards of the principals email info@engc.org.uk

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