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1 Sustainability Across the Curriculum Dr. Kauser Jahan, P.E. Dr. Beena Sukumaran Civil and Environmental Engineering

2 Introduction The USEPA has developed nine green engineering principles which engineers should follow to fully implement green engineering solutions: Engineer processes and products holistically, use systems analysis, and integrate environmental impact assessment tools. Conserve and improve natural ecosystems while protecting human health and well-being. Use life cycle thinking in all engineering activities. Ensure that all material and energy inputs and outputs are as inherently safe and benign as possible. Minimize depletion of natural resources. Strive to prevent waste. Develop and apply engineering solutions, while being cognizant of local geography, aspirations and cultures. Create engineering solutions beyond current or dominant technologies; improve, innovate and invent (technologies) to achieve sustainability. Actively engage communities and stakeholders in development of engineering solutions.

3 To allow the students to develop an understanding of the need to go green The website aims to show prospective and current students about the global, environmental issues that engineers encounter daily. The website will act as both a portal and as an informative webpage. Regarding the portal aspect of the website, the homepage will provide valuable links to direct students to other useful websites where they can learn and immerse themselves in the environmental aspect of engineering. The website will function as an informational website, and provide descriptions of how each class here at our CEE program at Rowan University will strive to incorporate environmental issues into the students curriculum. Objectives

4 Rowan University The comprehensive state university of Southern New Jersey. Located in Glassboro, NJ. Founded in 1923. University renamed in honor of Henry Rowan after $100 million gift in 1992 to create the College of Engineering. Rowan University consists of seven colleges –Business –Communication –Education –Engineering –Fine and Performing Arts –Liberal Arts and Sciences –Graduate and Continuing Education Who we are...

5 The Engineering Clinic Freshman Clinic I: Engineering Measurements Freshman Clinic II: Reverse Engineering Sophomore Clinic I: Alternate Fuel Sophomore Clinic II: Sustainability Junior Clinic: Multidisciplinary Design Project (semester) Senior Clinic: Multidisciplinary Design Project (year) Objectives: Design, Build and Test Hybrid Rocket Motor NASA G Boiling Expt. Aquarium Project Automated Crash Notification System C o m p le xi t y

6 The SanDestin Declaration of Green Engineering Principles (2003) Transforms existing practices to promote sustainability. Economically viable products, processes, and systems that – promote human welfare – while protecting human health – and elevating the protection of the biosphere New criterion for engineering solutions. What is Green Engineering?

7 Pollution Prevention Design for Environment Lean Manufacturing Clean Technology Ecological Engineering Molecules Industrial Parks Manufacturing plants Process units Earth Communities Industrial Ecology Sustainable Development Microscale Mesoscale Macroscale Megascale Global Green Engineering Green Chemistry

8 Freshman Engineering Clinic I Introduction to Engineering 2 sections taught by Civil faculty to all majors – Power/Efficiency Concepts Motor/turbine lifts weight – Alternative/Clean Energy Chemical Battery Hydro Solar Wind


10 Freshman Engineering Clinic II

11 Sophomore Clinic I Alternate Energy Sources- Biofuel BE/MATERIALS/fuelcell.html Microbial Fuel CellLego® Mindstorms

12 Student Designs for Biofuel Cells

13 Sophomore Clinic II Sustainability Greenhouse Gas Action Plan Rowan University has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 3.5% below 1990 levels by 2011.

14 CAMPUS Project Goals Calculate GHG emissions for the university from 1990 to present based on electricity, natural gas, and oil consumption Perform an environmental audit of one aspect of the universitys operations Perform a life cycle inventory analysis Develop a plan for improving sustainable practices based on audit Perform an economic analysis: report costs or savings

15 Campus Recycling Areas of investigation: –Academic buildings –Residential buildings –Waste tonnage reports from waste handler Transportation Audit Campus Building Audit Water Use Alternative Energy Options Environmental Purchasing Green Dining (composting food waste) LEED Certified Buildings

16 Junior and Senior Clinics Arsenic Removal in Drinking Water BugPower: Fueling our Future with Microorganisms Metal Removal from Industrial Wastewater Developing "Green" Controlled Release Systems for Drug Delivery Use of Jute in Strengthening Asphalt Mixtures Stormwater Management in Chestnut Branch Watershed Environmentally Conscious Disassembly of End-of-Life Computers Chemical Kinetic Model Development and Flow Reactor Studies of Biodiesel Fuel Blends Long-Life Smart Structures for Laser Data Transmission Invertebrates as Bio-indicators of the Water Quality of the Maurice River Design of Detoxifying Systems for Organo-nitriles Mediated by Cyanogenic Enzymes

17 Wind Assessments Bayshore, Eachus, Lebak, Sheppard, Seagate, Sea Girt,… 30 m Tower w/anemometer, SODAR

18 Energy Audits Ft. Dix National Guard Headquarters – Minor Investment Lower Lighting LEvels Occupancy Sensors Bulb Replacement (T8) Flood Lighting with LED Computer Sleep Mode Smart Strip HVAC Inspection – Moderate Investment Bulb Replacement (LED) Ballast Replacement HVAC Component Replacement – Large Investment Photovoltaic System Guard has adopted model nation-wide

19 Integration of Green Engineering in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

20 Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Incorporated into Traditional Coursework: ECE: Networks Course: Efficiency of Electric Power Production and Environmental Impacts – <35% efficiency, Air pollution generated (CO 2, SO x, NO x, TSP) Electronics Course: Semester Paper Focuses on the Environmental Impacts of the Semiconductor Industry Sustainable Design elective ME: Address Design for Environment, Green materials and processes as part of Design Courses


22 Homepage with links to various Rowan University web pages, engineering websites, along with links to informative websites such as one to calculate your carbon footprint. A web page that displays all of the Civil Engineering core classes along with the display of the green employee and student of the month. These individuals display characteristics that aim to protect and redevelop the environment in both public and private settings. Each core class displayed has a link that shows what the classs curriculum is along with how the class is striving to bring more environmental issues into the classroom. Images of Student Projects that are GREEN Components of Website


24 Statics, Solid Mechanics, Structural Analysis, CE Materials and Material Science Going Green Use Green Materials that use recycled components such as salvaged steel, fly ash mixed with concrete, recycled asphalt Compare them to properties for conventional materials

25 CE Systems Introduction to Systems & Models Engineering Economics – Incandescent versus CFLs for students family home Probability and Statistics – Raleigh Distribution (Wind power modeling) Linear Optimization – Land Use Allocation / Open Space Preservation

26 Incandescents versus CFLs End of yr CFL $ INC $ CFL-INC $PW $Cum-PW $ (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6) 0-116.85-19.25-98 1-$84-$350266251153 2-$84-$350266236389 3-$84-$350266223612 4-$84-$369285226838 5-$84-$3502661991037 6-$84-$3502661871224 7-$84-$3502661771401 8-$84-$3502661671567 Column 1 is given Column 2 is the cost to purchase CFLs (yr 0) and to power (yrs 1 - 8), From Table 1 Column 3 is the cost to purchase INCs (yr 0 & 4) and to power (yrs 1 - 8), From Table 1 Column 4 = Col 2 - Col 1 Column 5 = Present worth of Col 4 = Col 4 x (1 + MARR)^Col 1 Column 6 is the cumulative sum of Col 5 ANSWERSCFL INC CFL-INC Present Worth-$641-$2,208$1,567 Annual Net Benefit-$103-$356$252 Return rate NA 272% B-C RatioNA 17.06 PayBack Period NA 1yr

27 Engineering Graphics Introduction to Graphics – Interpretation of Drawings AutoCAD – Green Home Project Memo on Green Home Features Site Plan Floorplans and Elevations 2 Detail Drawings Torup, Sweden

28 Environmental Engineering I Green Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design Energy Use, Carbon Footprint Wastewater Green Equipment-Oxygenator, Solar Pumps Wastewater Reuse Anaerobic Co-Digestion for Increased Renewable Energy Making Energy From Biosolids and FOG (Fats, Oil, and Grease) Use of CHEAPET software- A Comprehensive Energy Analysis Tool for WWTPs Select readings on contemporary articles

29 Environmental Engineering II Introduction to Sustainable Engineering – Triple Bottom Line (Environment, Economics, Society) Ecological Footprint, Carbon Footprint Earths Carrying Capacity: Mass/Energy Balances Hydrology – Safe Yield, Salt Water Intrusion, Aquifer Recharge Risk Assessment – Chronic Daily Intake, Hazard Index, Risk, Clean-up Triggers Municipal Solid Waste – Recycling, Composting, Energy Recovery, Collection, Landfilling Hazardous Waste – Love Canal, Superfund Air Pollution – Control, Human Caused Climate Change, Ozone Depletion

30 Engineers without Borders Service Learning and Sustainability Green Materials Environmental EPA P3 Grants

31 CEE GREEN STUDENT One student to be selected every semester for displaying attributes for protecting the environment. Recycling Riding bike to school Drinking water bottle Promoting green engineering Green dining

32 Acknowledgement Robert Sheridan Junior Civil and Environmental Engineering Making a Difference in Peoples LIVES!! Making a Difference for the Planet

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