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ERIC Number: EJ794609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Teaching Green Engineering: The Case of Ethanol Lifecycle Analysis
Vallero, Daniel A.; Braiser, Chris
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v28 n3 p236-243 2008
Lifecycle assessment (LCA) is a valuable tool in teaching green engineering and has been used to assess biofuels, including ethanol. An undergraduate engineering course at Duke University has integrated LCA with other interactive teaching techniques to enhance awareness and to inform engineering decision making related to societal issues, such as energy sources and environmental quality. The course also includes a three-part studio beginning with application of thermodynamics, moving to team projects, and ending with a "green" innovation proposal by each student. Students who participated in this interactive series were able to apply LCA to venues beyond biofuels (e.g., computing and brick making). They were also able to consider societal and geopolitical aspects of complex issues, such as comparing benefits to costs and risks associated with increased production of ethanol on decreased food production and environmental impacts. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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