|Green Engineering Textbook|
In developing this textbook, EPA has responded to a need, which has been and continues to be expressed by academia; the need for a standardized course and text on green engineering, which emphasizes pollution prevention and incorporates risk as key principles. Current textbooks and courses on pollution prevention in chemical engineering emphasize waste minimization and do not incorporate an environmental risk assessment component. The Green Engineering textbook, on the other hand, emphasizes risk as a key principle. CEBs expertise in risk assessment is a valuable resource for development of Green Engineering: Environmentally Conscious Design of Chemical Processes, a text for chemical engineering.
The CEBs textbook and class outline has been designed in a modular format - allowing universities to incorporate the entire course as a technical elective, or incorporate chapters of the course into current chemical engineering curricula. This material is disseminated to chemical engineering professors through American Society of Engineering Education's (ASEE) Chemical Engineering Division via a series of "Educate the Educator" sessions.
Interest in green engineering curriculum goes far beyond the chemical engineering field. In addition to academia, Green Engineering curriculum material will be provided to AIChE for development of workshops and other training materials targeted for new and practicing engineers. Future projects will include tailoring the chemical engineering curriculum to other engineering and science fields.
A solutions guide to the homework problems is available for instructors
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|Modules Developed and Used at Regional Workshops|
1 (PowerPoint, 650 KB). Environmental Literacy: Environmental
Issues, Risk Exposure, and Regulations
Module 2 (PowerPoint, 198 KB). Evaluating Environmental Partitioning and Fate: Approaches based on chemical structure
Module 3 (PowerPoint, 355KB). Evaluation of Alternative Reaction Pathways
Module 4 (PowerPoint, 1.04 MB). Environmental Evaluation and Improvement During Process Synthesis
Module 5 (PowerPoint, 751 KB). Process Integration of Heat and Mass
Module 6 (PowerPoint, 865 KB). Flowsheet Environmental Impact Assessment
Module 7. Life Cycle Assessment
Module content included the following:
Part I: An evaluation of the basic chemistry commonly used, introduction to risk of process (Chapter 2), assessment of chemical hazard (Chapter 5), worker exposure (Chapter 6), evaluation of alternative synthetic pathways (Chapter 7), and toxicity analysis - including bioaccumulation and persistence (Chapter 8).
Two chemical reactions were utilized to illustrate these concepts: adipic acid from cyclohexane and the production of maleic anhydride.