Visit the Community of Practice on Sustainable
Engineering, part of the Technology and Society Division
where provocative and profound questions are discussed
in light of their engineering implications questions
- Do we need new technologies or just a fundamental
change in the way we perceive their use?
- Can all 9 billion people in 2050 be wealthy and
live in harmony with nature?
- What kind of leadership is needed to confront the
challenges of global warming and poverty?
of the quotes, quiz answers, and news from this month's
anniversary feature on appropriate and sustainable technology
appear on the Community of Practice on Sustainable Engineering.
It's a forum where you'll find ongoing opportunities
to explore one of the most challenging areas of future,
one is that both multidisciplinary and global. Communities
of Practice are free and open to all, but require login
the Community of Practice on Sustainable Engineering...
"Resolving the 4E +1: Engineering, Economy,
Energy, Environment and Society" will focus
on sustainable development at the National
Manufacturing Week Technical Conference, March 7-10,
2005, Chicago. Topics for this track, sponsored by ASME's
and Society Division jointly with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, may include sharing best practices,
world challenges and opportunities, multi-lifecycle
production, corporate social responsibility and ethics,
and accountability, transparency and reporting.
As part of its Professional Practice Curriculum,
an introductory online module on sustainable development
is currently available for engineering students and
early-career members, and a second module on engineering
tools for sustainability is underway. A three-year project
in the making, these modules will help engineering students
raise their awareness of professional issues and considerations
that engineers will be called upon to deal with in their
early careers. Also of direct service to faculty and
colleges of engineering and engineering technology,
this project will helping satisfy societal and professional-issues
aspects of the ABET Engineering Criteria (EC2000) for
accreditation and the ABET Engineering Technology Criteria
(TC-2K) that will phase-in between 2001-2004.
P3 people, prosperity and the planet
is an intercollegiate design competition for
U.S. college students, to research, develop and design
sustainable solutions to environmental issues. Projects
prepared by the first year's contestants will culminate
in a demonstration event in Washington, D.C., spring
2005. ASME is partnering with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and other organizations, including
the National Science Foundation.
In cooperation with AIChE's
Institute for Sustainability (IfS), ASME participates
in the Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF) and expects
further collaboration for focus group meetings. Also
with IfS, ASME will participate with student chapters
on the Youth Council on Sustainability, an Washington,
D.C.-based organization of young engineers that provides
a forum for youth interested in relevant policy making
and understanding the goals made in international agreements
such as Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan on Implementation.
Visit the Community of Practice on Sustainable Engineering
ASME's Technology and Society's Sustainable
Engineering Program Committee is currently revising
ASME's general position statement "Designing for
the Environment" (DFE), which originally was prepared
by the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) and the Environmental
Affairs Committee (EAC) of the Council on Engineering
of ASME in 1994: http://www.asme.org/gric/Policies&Issues/SustainableDevelopment/DFE.html
Year 2005 begins the "Decade of Education
for Sustainable Development," a nation-by-nation
celebration led by the UN Educational, Scientific, and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The proposal for this
decade was introduced in 2002 by Japan and co-sponsored
by 46 countries, offering a conceptual basis that merges
socio-economic implications and environmental and cultural
connections, so that widespread learning of sustainability
values, behavior and lifestyles reinforce the changes
needed for a sustainable future.