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Engineering and Sustainability: Attitudes and Actions
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 7K4, Canada
Received: 1 December 2012; in revised form: 23 December 2012 / Accepted: 17 January 2013 / Published: 22 January 2013
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: sustainable engineering; attitudes; actions; sustainable technology
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Rosen, M.A. Engineering and Sustainability: Attitudes and Actions. Sustainability 2013, 5, 372-386.
Rosen MA. Engineering and Sustainability: Attitudes and Actions. Sustainability. 2013; 5(1):372-386.
Rosen, Marc A. 2013. "Engineering and Sustainability: Attitudes and Actions." Sustainability 5, no. 1: 372-386.