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Engineering for Sustainable Living

The triple bottom line of sustainability (economic, environment, social)

was introduced from business practices, where the emphasis was placed on economic capital preservation. Even though equity is a part of sustainability, engineering curriculum spends the least amount of time focusing in on the the equity component.  In this module, we offer a different vantage point that centers social justice and equity when we consider sustainability.  

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:


  1. Identify racial injustice 

  • A six pillar approach (behavioral, societal, environmental, governmental, technological, economic) with racial equity viewed through all of these lenses could lead to a generation of engineers with the skills to address racial injustice in their work (Pomponi and Moncaster)

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Sustainable Development Triangle.

Modified from figure

by Munasinghe (2007). 

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