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Introduction to Sustainability

Introduction to Sustainability
About the Course This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).

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World Highways - Roads for the future Speakers at the 3rd European Road Congress looked at ways of preparing infrastructure to cater for future demands. Patrick Smith reports Road accidents in Europe can be reduced substantially, but vehicles will have to make more use of technology, and they will cost more. The problems will not be made any easier with the knowledge that road transport is set to double between 2040 and 2050. sustainability_text "Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation" is a free, open-source textbook available for viewing online or as a download for use on e-readers or printing. First and second-year college students are introduced to this expanding new field, comprehensively exploring the essential concepts from every branch of knowledge – including engineering and the applied arts, natural and social sciences, and the humanities. As sustainability is a multi-disciplinary area of study, the text is the product of multiple authors drawn from the diverse faculty of the University of Illinois: each chapter is written by a recognized expert in the field.

Thermodynamics and the Destruction of Resources - Cambridge Books Online Reference Title: References Reference Type: reference-list J. Diamond, Collapse – How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive (Viking Penguin, New York, 2005). Tips and Tricks for Teachers Tips and Tricks for Teachers By Laura Faye Tenenbaum, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory This three-page, interactive PDF file gives step-by-step instructions for six ways to use NASA’s Global Climate Change Website in your classroom. The following National Science Education Content Standards are applicable to all activities:

Soil & Plant Health. Congratulations! Nothing enhances your entertainment experience like a huge flat-panel TV. And while the size was definitely a selling point, it's also a dangerous one. How Green Is That Product? An Introduction to Life Cycle Environmental Assessment About the Course Paper or plastic? Local or imported food? Sustainable Transportation Source: adapted from UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, 1999. The concept of sustainable transportation is intricately linked with the development of sustainable transport modes, infrastructures and logistics. Three major dimensions are considered for such a purpose: Environment. A reduction of the environmental impacts of transportation is a likely strategy for sustainability. Transportation significantly contributes to harmful emissions, noise and to climate changes.

Green Living Tips - BuyGreen.com - Your Trusted Source for Green and Eco-Friendly Products - Instead of meeting with clients use your smart phones power and have some "face time" with them without leaving your office. - Use a bike for short trips. It takes a certain amount of dedication to permanently give up a car in favor of a bike, but even an eco-slacker can make it work for short trips that don't require hauling a lot of stuff: picking up milk at the local grocery store, after-dinner ice cream at your favorite dessert spot, your morning yoga class, brunch with friends at the coffee shop. Ride your bike for trips shorter than 2 miles and you could cut your carbon footprint significantly, save money on gasoline and car maintenance, and increase your fitness level -- all at the same time. - If you have to make an appliance purchase, try to make sure it is Energy Star Rated to save on your bill and to help the planet use less resources to run everyday items.

Manufacturing inefficiency Modern manufacturing methods are spectacularly inefficient in their use of energy and materials, according to a detailed MIT analysis of the energy use of 20 major manufacturing processes. Overall, new manufacturing systems are anywhere from 1,000 to one million times bigger consumers of energy, per pound of output, than more traditional industries. In short, pound for pound, making microchips uses up orders of magnitude more energy than making manhole covers. At first glance, it may seem strange to make comparisons between such widely disparate processes as metal casting and chip making.

Life Cycle Assessment Software In North America, the ATHENA Impact Estimator for Buildings is the only software tool that is designed to evaluate whole buildings and assemblies based on internationally recognized life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology. Using the Impact Estimator, architects, engineers and others can easily assess and compare the environmental implications of industrial, institutional, commercial and residential designs — both for new buildings and major renovations. Where relevant, the software also distinguishes between owner-occupied and rental facilities. The Impact Estimator puts the environment on equal footing with other more traditional design criteria at the conceptual stage of a project. It is capable of modeling 95% of the building stock in North America, using the best available data.

PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Speech: Sustainability and reporting: Europe at the forefront European Commission Michel BARNIER European Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services Sustainability and reporting: Europe at the forefront Global conference on sustainability and reporting (GRI) Amsterdam, 23 May 2013 Energy, Sustainability, and Life Cycle Assessment Course Summary | Learning Objectives | Who Should Attend | Program Outline | Schedule | Participants' Comments | About the Lecturers | Location | Links & Resources | Updates Course Summary The purpose of this class is to address the issues of sustainability and relate them to an engineering perspective. First, we review the concept of sustainability from several points of view including economics, ecology, and business.

Home - EMAS - EUROPA Interest in the environmental performance of organisations is continually increasing. Taking a proactive approach to environmental challenges is now the hallmark of successful organisations. The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance.

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