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Engineering and Sustainability: Attitudes and Actions
- Rosen, Marc A.
- Sustainability 2013 v.5 no.1 pp. 372-386
- attitudes and opinions, design for environment, emissions, energy, energy costs, engineering, engineers, natural resources, recycled materials, students, surveys, sustainable engineering, sustainable technology, wastes
- The results of an extensive survey of engineers and engineering students suggest there is a strong focus on the implementation of sustainability concepts, actions and measures in engineering. The main sustainable technology priorities are using less energy and natural resources, reducing emissions and material wastes, and utilizing renewable, recyclable and recycled materials. Sustainable engineering within organizations is mainly driven by regulatory requirements, rising energy costs and client demand, but challenges to sustainable engineering like economics need to be addressed to increase the incorporation of sustainability in engineering. Nonetheless, about two-thirds of practicing engineers have worked on sustainable products and processes, and over half of engineering students are involved with sustainable design in their studies.