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Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. (Wikipedia.org)






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2014 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)

The Frontiers in Education (FIE)Conference is the major international conference about educational innovations and research in engineering and computing. FIE 2014 continues a long tradition of disseminating results in these areas. It is an ideal forum for sharing ideas; learning about developments in computer science, engineering, and technology education; and interacting with colleagues in these fields.

  • 2013 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)

    The Frontiers in Education (FIE)Conference is the major international conference about educational innovations and research in engineering and computing. FIE 2013 continues a long tradition of disseminating results in these areas. It is an ideal forum for sharing ideas; learning about developments in computer science, engineering, and technology education; and interacting with colleagues in these fields.

  • 2012 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)

    The Frontiers in Education (FIE)Conference is the major international conference about educational innovations and research in engineering and computing. FIE 2012 continues a long tradition of disseminating results in these areas. It is an ideal forum for sharing ideas; learning about developments in computer science, engineering, and technology education; and interacting with colleagues in these fields.

  • 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)

    The Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference is the major international conference about educational innovations and research in engineering and computing. FIE 2011 continues a long tradition of disseminating results in these areas. It is an ideal forum for sharing ideas; learning about developments in computer science, engineering, and technology education; and interacting with colleagues in these fields.

  • 2010 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)

    (FIE) Conference is a major international conference devoted to improvements in computer science, engineering, and technology (CSET) education. FIE 2008 continues a long tradition of disseminating educational research results and innovative practices in CSET education. It is an ideal forum for sharing ideas, learning about developments in CSET education, and interacting with colleagues.

  • 2009 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)

    FIE is a major international conference devoted to improvements in computer science, engineering and technology (CSET) education. FIE continues a loong tradition of disseminating educational research results and innovative practices in CSET education. It is an ideal forum for sharing ideas, learning about developments in CSET education, and interacting with colleagues.

  • 2008 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)


2014 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - SMC

SMC2014 targets advances in Systems Science and Engineering, Human-Machine Systems, and Cybernetics involving state-of-art technologies interacting with humans to provide an enriching experience and thereby improving the quality of lives including theories, methodologies, and emerging applications.

  • 2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - SMC

    SMC 2013 targets advances in Systems Science and Engineering Human-machine Systems and Cybernetics involving state-of-the-art technologies interacting with humans to provide an enriching experience and thereby improving the quality of lives including theories, methodologies and emerging applications.

  • 2012 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - SMC

    Theory, research and technology advances including applications in all aspects of systems science and engineering, human machine systems, and emerging cybernetics.

  • 2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - SMC

    Theory, research, and technology advances including applications in all aspects of systems science and engineering, human machine systems, and emerging cybernetics.

  • 2010 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - SMC

    The 2010 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2010) provides an international forum that brings together those actively involved in areas of interest to the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, to report on up-to-the-minute innovations and developments, to summarize the state-of-the-art, and to exchange ideas and advances in all aspects of systems science and engineering, human machine systems, and cybernetics.

  • 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - SMC

    The 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2009) provides an international forum that brings together those actively involved in areas of interest to the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, to report on up-to-the-minute innovations and developments, to summarize the state-of-the-art, and to exchange ideas and advances in all aspects of systems science and engineering, human machine systems, and cybernetics.


2013 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC)

VGreen Car - Electric Propelled System 1. HEV, Plug-In HEV, BEV System Design 2. Fuel Cell and FCEV/FCHEV System Design 3. Electronic Actuator and Electric Machinery for Vehicle Applications 4. Power Electronics and Converter for Vehicle Applications 5. Motor Drives for Vehicle Applications 6. Battery, Energy Storage System and their Management Systems for xEVs 7. Renewable Energy and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) 8. Advanced Powertrain Controls for xEVs 9. Charging System including Interface Couplers 10. Smart Grid and Electrical Infrastructure for xEVs 11. Other Applications Intelligent Car 12. Intelligent Vehicle for Safety (included V2V) 13. Telematics (included V2I) 14. Network and Imbedded System for Vehicle 15. Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) in xEVs 16. Other Applications High Efficiency Transportation 17. Conventional Vehicle System Design 18. Advanced Automotive Power and Propulsion 19. Railway, Ship, Air, and Space Vehicles 20. Mechanical, Hydraulic

  • 2012 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC)

    Topic 1: HEV, BEV, FCEV and Plug-In EV System Design. Topic 2: Automotive Actuator and Electric Machinery Topic 3: Power Converter for Automotive Applications Topic 4: Motor Drives for Vehicle Applications Topic 5: Energy and Power Management for xEVs Topic 6: Charging System including Interface Couplers Topic 7: Smart Grid and Electrical Infrastructure Topic 8: Intelligent Vehicle for Safety (included V2V) Topic 9: Telematics (included V2I) Topic 10: Imbedded System for Vehicle Topic 11: Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) in xEVs Topic 12: Conventional Vehicle System Design Topic 13: Advanced Automotive Power and Propulsion Topic 14: Railway, Ship, Air, and Space Vehicles Topic 15: Mechanical, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Topic 16: Modeling, Simulation, Emissions and Control

  • 2011 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC)

    Vehicular Power Electronics, Motor Drives, and Electric Machines; Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles; Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Smart Grid, and Electrical Infrastructure; Energy Storage; Fuel Cell and Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles; Land Vehicles; Sea, Undersea, Air, and Space Vehicles; Mechanical, Hydraulic, and Pneumatic Systems; Modeling, Simulation, Emissions, and Control.

  • 2010 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC)

    Power Electronics, Electric Drives, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid vehicles, motion control, transportation systems

  • 2009 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC)

    The 2009 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC09) will be held in Dearborn, Michigan, USA. The conference is co-sponsored by IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and IEEE Vehicular Technology (VT). This year the conference will feature the theme of Sustainability: hybrid, plug-in, fuel cell and battery technology. The conference also features keynote speakers from top executives from the major automotive companies, and a banquet at the Henry Ford Museum.


2012 IEEE 6th International Conference on Management of Innovation & Technology (ICMIT 2012)

Research & Development as well as business applications in innovation and technology management across a global network of diverse platforms.


2012 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)

The conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for academic, research, and industrial collaboration on global engineering education.


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Periodicals related to Sustainability

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Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on

Fundamental technologies used in the control and conversion of electric power. Topics include dc-to- dc converter design, direct off-line switching power supplies, inverters, controlled rectifiers, control techniques, modeling, analysis and simulation techniques, the application of power circuit components (power semiconductors, magnetics, capacitors), and thermal performance of electronic power systems.


Systems Journal, IEEE

This publication provides a systems-level, focused forum for application-oriented manuscripts that address complex systems and system-of-systems of national and global significance.


Transactions on Sustainable Energy

The IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy is a cross disciplinary and internationally archival journal aimed at disseminating results of research on sustainable energy that relates to, arises from, or deliberately influences energy generation, transmission, distribution and delivery. The journal will publish original research on theories and development on principles of sustainable energy technologies and systems.This journal will cover the following ...




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Sustainable Services for Managing and Disseminating UNSW Australia Research Data

Arif Shaon; Eamon Smallwood; Maude Frances; Shane Cox; Luc Betbeder-Matibet 2014 IEEE 10th International Conference on e-Science, 2014

The incorporation or lack thereof, of sound research data management practices can spell the difference between a successful and unsuccessful research project. This is typically reflected by the quality of the final project outputs. Establishment and sustainability of good institutional research data management practices require an institutional framework that includes policies, infrastructure and support services. UNSW Australia is developing a ...


Cognitive Structure of Collective Awareness Platforms

Franco Bagnoli; Andrea Guazzini; Giovanna Pacini; Ioannis Stavrakakis; Evangelia Kokolaki; George Theodorakopoulos 2014 IEEE Eighth International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshops, 2014

Collective awareness platforms (CAPs) are internet and mobile tools for collaboration, sustainability and social innovation that can allows drastic improvement of our lifestyle, beyond the standard economic model. However, their development is often driven (and motivated) by technology, while their adoption and usage characteristics are determined by the social interactions and can be affected by many items, up to failure. ...


SustainaBits: A framework and rating system for sustainable IT

S. deMonsabert; K. Odeh; J. Meszaros 2012 International Green Computing Conference (IGCC), 2012

Key challenges confronting the Information Technology (IT) industry today in defining and achieving its sustainability goals include identifying IT systems boundaries, developing sustainable operating standards and best practices, and most importantly, measuring and assessing performance against those best practices. In recent years, the trend towards sustainable methods and practices has infiltrated every part of our daily activities, but the IT ...


A maturity model for Control and Automation in environmental impact

Michael Lees 2016 Australian Control Conference (AuCC), 2016

Sustainability and environmental impact have emerged as important priorities for industry. The manufacturing industry often use maturity models to guide their pursuit and progress towards manufacturing excellence. Control & Automation (C&A;) has a significant and increasing impact on the environmental footprint of manufacturing plants. However there are no maturity models that specifically address this impact and provide a pathway for ...


Geothermal sustainability in Europe and worldwide

Thomas J. Hammons; Arni Gunnarsson 2008 43rd International Universities Power Engineering Conference, 2008

This paper presents and discusses the current state of developments in harnessing geothermal power for medium and large-scale generation of electricity and for space heating worldwide. Potential and current developments and probable and possible developments both in developed and developing countries in near future and long term are reviewed. Topics discussed include enhanced power cycles for enhancing geothermal sustainability, deep ...


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Sustainable Services for Managing and Disseminating UNSW Australia Research Data

Arif Shaon; Eamon Smallwood; Maude Frances; Shane Cox; Luc Betbeder-Matibet 2014 IEEE 10th International Conference on e-Science, 2014

The incorporation or lack thereof, of sound research data management practices can spell the difference between a successful and unsuccessful research project. This is typically reflected by the quality of the final project outputs. Establishment and sustainability of good institutional research data management practices require an institutional framework that includes policies, infrastructure and support services. UNSW Australia is developing a ...


Cognitive Structure of Collective Awareness Platforms

Franco Bagnoli; Andrea Guazzini; Giovanna Pacini; Ioannis Stavrakakis; Evangelia Kokolaki; George Theodorakopoulos 2014 IEEE Eighth International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshops, 2014

Collective awareness platforms (CAPs) are internet and mobile tools for collaboration, sustainability and social innovation that can allows drastic improvement of our lifestyle, beyond the standard economic model. However, their development is often driven (and motivated) by technology, while their adoption and usage characteristics are determined by the social interactions and can be affected by many items, up to failure. ...


SustainaBits: A framework and rating system for sustainable IT

S. deMonsabert; K. Odeh; J. Meszaros 2012 International Green Computing Conference (IGCC), 2012

Key challenges confronting the Information Technology (IT) industry today in defining and achieving its sustainability goals include identifying IT systems boundaries, developing sustainable operating standards and best practices, and most importantly, measuring and assessing performance against those best practices. In recent years, the trend towards sustainable methods and practices has infiltrated every part of our daily activities, but the IT ...


A maturity model for Control and Automation in environmental impact

Michael Lees 2016 Australian Control Conference (AuCC), 2016

Sustainability and environmental impact have emerged as important priorities for industry. The manufacturing industry often use maturity models to guide their pursuit and progress towards manufacturing excellence. Control & Automation (C&A;) has a significant and increasing impact on the environmental footprint of manufacturing plants. However there are no maturity models that specifically address this impact and provide a pathway for ...


Geothermal sustainability in Europe and worldwide

Thomas J. Hammons; Arni Gunnarsson 2008 43rd International Universities Power Engineering Conference, 2008

This paper presents and discusses the current state of developments in harnessing geothermal power for medium and large-scale generation of electricity and for space heating worldwide. Potential and current developments and probable and possible developments both in developed and developing countries in near future and long term are reviewed. Topics discussed include enhanced power cycles for enhancing geothermal sustainability, deep ...


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IEEE-USA E-Books

  • Complex Genetic Evolution of Self-Replicating Loops

    lt is generally believed that self-replication models constructed on cellular automata have quite limited evolutionary dynamics in both diversity and adaptative behavior. Contrary to this view, we show that complex genetic diversification and adaptation processes may occur in self-replicating loop populations. Applying newly developed tools for detailed genetic identification and genealogy tracing to evoloop populations, we uncovered a genotypic permutation space that expands combinatorially with replicator size. Within this space populations demonstrate broad behavioral diversity and non- trivial genetic adaptation, maximizing colony density while enhancing sustainability against other species. We also found a set of non-mutable subsequences enabling genetic operations that alter fitness differentials and promote long-term evolutionary exploration. These results reveal the amazing potential of cellular automata to re-create complex genetic evolution of selfreplicators in a simple, deterministic framework.

  • Temporal Layering and Interlinking of Cosmopolitan Commons in Nature's Spaces

    With the advent of modernity, the sharing of resources and infrastructures rapidly expanded beyond local communities into regional, national, and even transnational space -- nowhere as visibly as in Europe, with its small-scale political divisions. This volume views these shared resource spaces as the seedbeds of a new generation of technology-rich bureaucratic and transnational commons. Drawing on the theory of cosmopolitanism, which seeks to model the dynamics of an increasingly interdependent world, and on the tradition of commons scholarship inspired by the late Elinor Ostrom, the book develops a new theory of "cosmopolitan commons" that provides a framework for merging the study of technology with such issues as risk, moral order, and sustainability at levels beyond the nation-state. After laying out the theoretical framework, the book presents case studies that explore the empirical nuances: airspace as transport commons, radio broadcasting, hydropower, weather forecasting and genetic diversity as information commons, transboundary air pollution, and two "capstone" studies of interlinked, temporally layered commons: one on overlapping commons within the North Sea for freight, fishing, and fossil fuels; and one on commons for transport, salmon fishing, and clean water in the Rhine.Contributors:Håkon With Andersen, Nil Disco, Paul N. Edwards, Arne Kaijser, Eda Kranakis, Kristiina Korjonen-Kuusipuro, Tiago Saraiva, Nina WormbsThe hardcover edition does not include a dust jacket.

  • Cook

    Our contemporary concerns about food range from food security to agricultural sustainability to getting dinner on the table for family and friends. This book investigates food issues as they intersect with participatory Internet culture -- blogs, wikis, online photo- and video-sharing platforms, and social networks -- in efforts to bring about a healthy, socially inclusive, and sustainable food future. Focusing on our urban environments provisioned with digital and network capacities, and drawing on such "bottom-up" sociotechnical trends as DIY and open source, the chapters describe engagements with food and technology that engender (re-)creative interactions. In the first section, "Eat," contributors discuss technology-aided approaches to sustainable dining, including digital communication between farmers and urban consumers and a "telematic" dinner party at which guests are present electronically. The chapters in "Cook" describe, among other things, "smart" chopping boards that encourage mindful eating and a website that supports urban wild fruit foraging. Finally, "Grow" connects human-computer interaction with achieving a secure, safe, and ethical food supply, offering chapters on the use of interactive technologies in urban agriculture, efforts to trace the provenance of food with a "Fair Tracing" tool, and other projects. ContributorsJoon Sang Baek, Pollie Barden, Eric P. S. Baumer, Eli Blevis, Nick Bryan-Kinns, Robert Comber, Jean Duruz, Katharina Frosch, Anne Galloway, Geri Gay, Jordan Geiger, Gijs Geleijnse, Nina Gros, Penny Hagen, Megan Halpern, Greg Hearn, Tad Hirsch, Jettie Hoonhout, Denise Kera, Vera Khovanskaya, Ann Light, Bernt Meerbeek, William Odom, Kenton O'Hara, Charles Spence, Mirjam Struppek, Esther Toet, Marc Tuters, Katharine S. Willis, David L. Wright, Grant Young

  • Methods for Sustainability

    All design is situated -- carried out from an embedded position. Design involves many participants and encompasses a range of interactions and interdependencies among designers, designs, design methods, and users. Design is also multidisciplinary, extending beyond the traditional design professions into such domains as health, culture, education, and transportation. This book presents eighteen situated design methods, offering cases and analyses of projects that range from designing interactive installations, urban spaces, and environmental systems to understanding customer experiences. Each chapter presents a different method, combining theoretical, methodological, and empirical discussions with accounts of actual experiences. The book describes methods for defining and organizing a design project, organizing collaborative processes, creating aesthetic experiences, and incorporating sustainability into processes and projects. The diverse and multidisciplinary methods presented inc ude a problem- and project-based approach to design studies; a "Wheel of Rituals" intended to promote creativity; a pragmatist method for situated experience design that derives from empirical studies of film production and performance design; and ways to transfer design methods in a situated manner. The book will be an important resource for researchers, students, and practitioners of interdisciplinary design.

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    In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, in "Cramming more components onto Integrated Circuits" in Electronics Magazine (April 19, 1965), made the observation that, in the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. Since its inception in 1965 until recent times, this law has been used in the semiconductor industry to guide investments for long-term planning as well as to set targets for research and development. These investments have helped in a productive utilization of wealth, which created more employment opportunities for semiconductor industry professionals. In this way, the development of Moore's Law has helped sustain the progress of today's knowledge-based economy. While Moore's Law has, on one hand, helped drive investments toward technological and economic growth, thereby benefiting the consumers with more powerful electronic gadgets, Moore's Law has indirectly also helped to fuel other innovatio s in the global economy. However, the Law of diminishing returns is now questioning the sustainability of further evolution of Moore's Law and its ability to sustain the progress of today's knowledge based economy. The lack of liquidity in the global economy is truly bringing the entire industry to a standstill and the dark clouds of an economic depression are hovering over the global economy. What factors have been ignored by the global semiconductor industry leading to a demise of Moore's Law? Do the existing business models prevalent in the semiconductor industry pose any problems? Have supply chains made that progress unsustainable? In today's globalized world, have businesses been able to sustain national interests while driving the progress of Moore's Law? Could the semiconductor industry help the entire global economy move toward a radiance of the new crimson dawn, beyond the veil of the darkest night by sustaining the progress of Moore's Law? The entire semiconductor ind stry is now clamoring for a fresh approach to overcome existing barriers to the progress of Moore's Law, and this book delivers just that. Moore's Law can easily continue for the foreseeable future if the chip manufacturing industry becomes sustainable by having a balanced economy. The sustainable progress of Moore's Law advocates the "heresy" of transforming the current economic orthodoxy of monopoly capitalism into free-market capitalism. The next big thing that everybody is looking forward to after mobile revolution is the "Internet of Things" (IoT) revolution. While some analysts forecast that the IoT market would achieve 5.4 billion connections worldwide by 2020, the poor consumer purchasing power in global economy makes this forecast truly questionable. Sustaining Moore's Law presents a blueprint for sustaining the progress of Moore's Law to bring about IoT Revolution in the global economy.

  • Methods for Projects

    All design is situated -- carried out from an embedded position. Design involves many participants and encompasses a range of interactions and interdependencies among designers, designs, design methods, and users. Design is also multidisciplinary, extending beyond the traditional design professions into such domains as health, culture, education, and transportation. This book presents eighteen situated design methods, offering cases and analyses of projects that range from designing interactive installations, urban spaces, and environmental systems to understanding customer experiences. Each chapter presents a different method, combining theoretical, methodological, and empirical discussions with accounts of actual experiences. The book describes methods for defining and organizing a design project, organizing collaborative processes, creating aesthetic experiences, and incorporating sustainability into processes and projects. The diverse and multidisciplinary methods presented inc ude a problem- and project-based approach to design studies; a "Wheel of Rituals" intended to promote creativity; a pragmatist method for situated experience design that derives from empirical studies of film production and performance design; and ways to transfer design methods in a situated manner. The book will be an important resource for researchers, students, and practitioners of interdisciplinary design.

  • Index

    In this book, Clapperton Mavhunga views technology in Africa from an African perspective. Technology in his account is not something always brought in from outside, but is also something that ordinary people understand, make, and practice through their everyday innovations or creativities -- including things that few would even consider technological. Technology does not always originate in the laboratory in a Western-style building but also in the society in the forest, in the crop field, and in other places where knowledge is made and turned into practical outcomes. African creativities are found in African mobilities. Mavhunga shows the movement of people as not merely conveyances across space but transient workspaces. Taking indigenous hunting in Zimbabwe as one example, he explores African philosophies of mobilities as spiritually guided and of the forest as a sacred space. Viewing the hunt as guided mobility, Mavhunga considers interesting questions of what constitutes techno ogy under regimes of spirituality. He describes how African hunters extended their knowledge traditions to domesticate the gun, how European colonizers, with no remedy of their own, turned to indigenous hunters for help in combating the deadly tsetse fly, and examines how wildlife conservation regimes have criminalized African hunting rather than enlisting hunters (and their knowledge) as allies in wildlife sustainability. The hunt, Mavhunga writes, is one of many criminalized knowledges and practices to which African people turn in times of economic or political crisis. He argues that these practices need to be decriminalized and examined as technologies of everyday innovation with a view toward constructive engagement, innovating with Africans rather than for them.

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    Needs and Feasibility: A Guide for Engineers in Community Projects -- The Case of Waste for Life is the story of Waste for Life (WFL). WFL is a not-for- profit organization that works to promote poverty-reducing solutions to environmental problems, and its educational branch is an international consortium of universities in six countries, involving students in support of community development projects. WFL currently works in Lesotho and Argentina. We present the story of the development of WFL in each country as a case-based guide to engineers, professors and students interested in community development work, particularly in contexts very different from their own. We focus mainly on the set-up stages, framing the projects to ensure that community needs are adequately articulated and acted upon. We begin with needs assessment, what is it that needs to be done -- for whom and why? How feasible is this, technically, economically, and can we guarantee sustainability? Before we can decide a y of this, we need to understand and map the territory -- who are the key players, who have the most influence, and who will be most impacted by what we are doing? What is the role of the local government? If the groups are working as cooperatives, what does this mean, and what are these groups looking for? What is the technical solution going to look like? If it is a product, how will it be marketed? What other social, environmental, and economic impacts will it have and on whom? Once these have all been negotiated, and it is clear that all parties are working towards a mutually acceptable goal, how do we move forward so that any dependence on external partners is removed? When do we bring students into the work? What role can they play? Should they stay at home and support the project from there or is it better to do work in the field? This guide will be useful for the student engineer or the experienced engineer or professor who is interested in moving towards socially just enginee ing development work but has no idea where to begin. The real difficulties and on the ground issues encountered by the Waste for Life team are presented honestly and with the knowledge that we must learn from our mistakes. Only then can we hope to gain a better understanding of our potential role in supporting community development and move towards a better future. Table of Contents: An Introduction / Assessing the Need in Lesotho / Feasibility of WFL Lesotho / Mapping the Territory in Buenos Aires / Stakeholder Focus: The Local Government / Stakeholder Focus: Cooperatives / Sustainability: Economic, Environmental, and Social / Student Involvement / Summary Thoughts

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    Over the last two decades, globalization has had a profound impact on how we view the world and its sustainability. One group of professionals that lies at the heart of sustainability is the engineers. Engineers are trained problem solvers, required to implement technical solutions and are at the forefront of the development of new technologies. Although engineers play a critical role in sustainability, traditional engineering programs typically only focus on the technocentric and ecocentric dimensions of sustainability, providing little training on the sociocentric dimension. With more and more interest in sustainability, it is becoming increasingly important to also provide engineers with an awareness of sociocentric issues and the necessary skills to address them. The aim of this book is to provide engineering educators with a real-life case study that can be brought into existing courses to help bridge the gap between engineering and the global world. The case study focuses on how our engineering study of different natural plant fibers for soil erosion control led us to small villages in Kerala, India, where marginalized women workers often stand waste deep in water several hours a day, clean and beat coconuts by hand, and separate and spin coconut (coir) fibers into yarn by hand, for very low wages. The case study provides insight into the three dimensions of sustainability (technocentric, ecocentric, and sociocentric) and how they come together in a typical engineering problem. Table of Contents: Reinforcing the Classroom / Natural Plant Fibers for Engineering Applications: Technocentric and Ecocentric Dimensions of Sustainability / The Coir Fiber Industry in Kerala, India: Sociocentric Dimension of Sustainability / Case Study / Conclusion / Bibliography

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    Sustainable development is one of the key challenges of the twenty-first century. The engineering profession is central to achieving sustainable development. To date, engineering contributions to sustainability have focused on reducing the environmental impacts of development and improving the efficiency of resource use. This approach is consistent with dominant policy responses to environmental problems, which have been characterised as ecological modernisation. Ecological modernisation assumes that sustainability can be addressed by reforming modern society and developing environmental technologies. Environmental philosophers have questioned these assumptions and call into question the very nature of modern society as underlying the destruction of nature and the persistence of social inequality. Central to the crises of ecology and human development are patterns of domination and the separation of nature and culture. Engineering has a clear role to play in ecological modernisation, ut its role in more radical visions of sustainability is uncertain. Actor-network theory provides an analysis of socio-technical systems which does not require the separation of nature and culture, and it provides a way of thinking about how engineers are involved in shaping society and its relationship to the environment. It describes the world in terms of relationships between human and non-human actors. It shows that social relationships are mediated by technologies and non-human nature, and that assumptions about society and behaviour are "baked-in" to technological systems. Modern infrastructure systems are particularly important in shaping society and have significant environmental impacts. Modern infrastructure has allowed the consumption of resources far beyond basic human needs in developed countries. Failure to deliver infrastructure services has resulted in billions of the world's poorest people missing out on the benefits of modern development. Engineers have an important role to play in developing new infrastructure systems which acknowledge the relationships between technology and society in shaping demand for resources and environmental impacts, as well as alleviating poverty. Engineers have an important role in mediating between the values of society, clients, the environment and the possibilities of technology. Constructive Technology Assessment and Value Sensitive Design are two methodologies which engineers are using to better account for the social and ethical implications of their work. Understanding engineering as a hybrid, socio-technical profession can help develop new ways of working that acknowledge the importance of technology and infrastructure in shaping social relationships that are central to achieving sustainability. Table of Contents: The Origins of Sustainability / Ecological Modernisation / Environmental Ethics / Society and Technology / Engineering Consumption / Sustainable Urban Water Systems / Engineering, Technology and Ethic / Conclusion



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