integrating principles of environmental responsibility into engineering curriculum

environmentally responsible engineeringThough the benefits of environmental responsibility are increasingly recognized by individuals across many sectors of our society, neither the principles of environmental responsibility nor the tools of sustainable design are widely integrated into science and engineering curricula. As a result, too few students have the opportunity to develop these important skill sets.

With this in mind, we’re expanding our commitment to provide resources and convenings—in partnership with The Lemelson Foundation—to help educators integrate environmentally responsible principles into science and engineering curriculum. Below are resources and information around our collaborative work in this area.

Principles of Environmentally Responsible Engineering: Creating a Roadmap for Change

The Lemelson Foundation and VentureWell designed and co-hosted a two-day roundtable that convened 20 leaders from across higher education, nonprofit, business, and government with the aim of creating a roadmap for defining and developing a framework for environmentally responsible (ER) engineering. Download the complete briefing here.

Engineering for One Planet: Launching a Collaborative Effort to Proliferate Principles of Environmentally Responsible Engineering in Higher Education Institutions

In this paper, we identify the challenges that we collectively face in developing environmentally responsible engineering programs, and outline a rationale and a theory of change for this initiative, including a timeline of past work, present state, and future opportunities. This paper has been prepared in cooperation with and through the financial support of The Lemelson Foundation. Download the paper here.

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Recommended Resources

This list of resources were recommended by the roundtable participants. Access them here.

Green Launchpad Educators Workshop

with sustainable design strategist, Jeremy Faludi
Our first ever Green Launchpad workshop will take place on October 16-17 in Boston. This interactive workshop will equip you with the knowledge and skills to integrate sustainable invention and innovation curriculum and practices into your courses, whether they are existing core courses or sustainability-specific ones. You will leave the workshop ready to teach basic and intermediate sustainability principles at the undergraduate or graduate level. Register now!


Inventing Green Toolkits

With the support of The Lemelson Foundation, VentureWell partnered with NESsT and Presidio Graduate School to develop Sustaining Our Planet: A Toolkit for Entrepreneurs, a set of resources to help inventor-entrepreneurs develop products that will improve people’s lives and generate profits—without putting additional stress on our resource-limited planet. Access the suite of tools here

Tools for Design and Sustainability

This resource highlights ways to weave sustainability into existing courses on engineering and physics, industrial and product design, and business. Access the resource here.



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