40.230 Design for Sustainability

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Course Description

Design for Sustainability is the integration of social, environmental, and economic considerations in the design of products, processes, and engineered systems. This course introduces the concept of sustainability – both theory and applications – to engineers and designers. Students will apply tools to perform life cycle environmental impact assessment, which provide decision guidance on the design, maintenance, and operations of products and systems.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand grand societal challenges in sustainability, environmental, energy and resources.
  • Explain the role of technology, economics and policy in addressing these challenges.
  • Apply analytical tools and evaluate the environmental impact of products, processes, services and systems.
  • Develop and apply life cycle and systems thinking methods to design.

Measurable Outcomes

  • Evaluate the role of technology, economics and policy in grand societal challenges.
  • Conduct, report and orally present a conceptual eco-design process.
  • Recognize and evaluate environmentally preferable designs and solutions.

Pre-requisite Subject(s) : –

12 credits

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