Incorporating environmental ethics into the undergraduate engineering curriculum

Science and Engineering Ethics 10 (2):417-422 (2004)
The design and economic realities associated with Personal Computers (PCs) was used as a model for implementing ethical issues into the core-engineering curriculum. Historically, products have not been designed to be recycled easily. By incorporating environmental ethics into our classrooms and industries, valuable materials can be recovered and harmful materials can be eliminated from our waste stream. Future engineers must consider the economic cost-benefit analysis of designing a product for easy material recovery and recycling versus the true cost of the disposal and continued use of virgin materials. A three hour unit on the economic and environmental impacts of product design is proposed for inclusion in the ABET accredited engineering program.
Keywords sustainability  economics  environment  engineering  waste management  cradle-to-grave  ethics  recycling  public health  hazardous waste  undergraduate education
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-004-0038-0
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