Sustainable Engineering: Principles and Implementation provides a comprehensive overview of the interdisciplinary field of sustainability as it applies to engineering and methods for implementation of sustainable practices. Due to increasing constraints on resources and on the environment and effects of climate change, engineers are being faced with new challenges. While it is generally believed that the concepts of sustainable design must be adhered to so that future generations may be protected, the execution and practice of these concepts are very difficult. It is therefore the focus of this book to give both a conceptual understanding as well as practical skills to apply sustainable engineering principles to engineering design.
This book introduces relevant theory, principles, and ethical expectations for engineers, presents concepts related to industrial ecology, green engineering, and eco-design, and details frameworks that indicate the challenges and constraints of applying sustainable development principles. It describes the tools, protocols, and guidelines that are currently available through case studies and examples from around the world. The book is designed to be used by undergraduate and graduate students in any engineering program (with particular emphasis on civil, environmental and chemical engineering) and other programs in which sustainability is taught, in addition to practicing scientists and engineers and all others concerned with the sustainability of products, projects and processes.
- Discusses sources of contaminants and their impact on the environment
- Addresses sustainable assessment techniques, policies, protocols and guidelines
- Describes new tools and technologies for achieving sustainable engineering
- Includes social and economic sustainability dimensions
- Offers case studies demonstrating implementation of sustainable engineering practices
Table of Contents
Preface; An Introduction to Sustainable Development; Sustainable Engineering Theory and Concepts; Life-Cycle Assessment for Sustainability; Guidelines and Legislative Frameworks Related to Sustainable Engineering; Sustainable Resource, Material and Energy Use; Principles and Tools of Sustainable Design; Implementation of Sustainable Engineering Practices; References.
Catherine N. Mulligan, BSc, MEng, PhD, holds a Concordia research chair in geoenvironmentalsustainability (tier I) and is full professor and associate dean, Research and Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science of Concordia University, Canada. She has authored more than 80 refereed papers in various journals, authored, coedited, or coauthored five other books, holds three patents, and has supervised to completion more than 40 graduate students. She is the director of the new Concordia Institute of Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems. The new institute trains students in sustainable development practices and performs research into new systems, technologies, and solutions for environmental sustainability.
"I enjoyed very much reading this book. It is a quite ambitious work. The author describes clearly and comprehensively the "Definition of Sustainable Engineering" and its "Theory and Practice". Chapters 4, 5, 7, and 8 are very attractive and the author has explained them quite deductively. In particular, chapter 8, includes the future needs for sustainability. There are very useful comments. I hope this book will be one of charts and/or tools for establishing UN Sustainable Development Goals."
~Masashi Kamon, Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University and President of Research Institute for Environmental Geotechnics, Japan