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EGS102 Introduction to Engineering - Steigerwald: Sustainability & Engineering

Inventors and Inventions

Pillars of Sustainability

Sustainable development
Three Pillars model of Sustainability

Resources on Sustainability

Common use of the term "sustainability" began with the 1987 publication of the World Commission on Environment and Development report, Our Common Future. Also known as the Brundtland Report, this document defined sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This concept of sustainability encompasses ideas, aspirations, and values that continue to inspire public and private organizations to become better stewards of the environment and that promote positive economic growth and social objectives. The principles of sustainability can stimulate technological innovation, advance competitiveness, and improve our quality of life.
 from the Environmental Protection Agency website

Exploring Sustainability Topics

Follow these steps to choose a topic:

  1. Choose a topic that can be researched
  2. Write down what you know about the topic
  3. Conduct background research to understand how to focus your topic
  4. List questions that you would like answered to help narrow your topic
  5. Choose a question that is focused, interesting, and not too broad to guide your research
  6. Evaluate your question 
  7. Develop your thesis

Look up your main concepts in general encyclopedias and subject-specific reference sources. Read articles in these reference materials to set the context for your research. Note important key terms or phrases. Note any relevant items in the bibliographies at the end of these encyclopedia articles. Additional background information may be provided in your lecture notes, textbooks and items on reserve in the library.

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