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Green Engineering: Environmentally Conscious Design of Chemical Processes

EPA’s Green Engineering Program provides approaches and tools for chemical engineering students, professors, and practicing engineers to incorporate a "green" philosophy within chemical engineering at an entry level.  In developing this program, EPA is responding to a need that continues to be expressed by academia; the need for a standardized course and text on Green Engineering that emphasizes pollution prevention and incorporates risk as a key component.

Regional Workshops

EPA’s partner, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Chemical Engineering Division exit EPA disclaimer, distributes modules, textbook materials, and software tools at its academic workshops. ASEE in conjunction with the EPA, hosted these workshops that demonstrated green engineering concepts, tools, and models within an academic setting.

Using material from the Green Engineering textbook, Green Engineering: Environmentally Conscious Design of Chemical Processes, modules have been developed to help "train the trainers", which includes the following information:

  • student handouts
  • an instructor's guide
  • case studies
  • and supplemental material from the textbook

Encouraging Implementation

ASEE encourages the incorporation of green engineering principles into the chemical engineering curriculum by managing an incentives program. This program is geared toward professors and students who demonstrate innovative application of green engineering concepts, or novel use of green engineering education in current curricula.

A suggestion for implementation is a Green Engineering internship program that will be incorporated at participating universities with a green engineering track. One incentive program hosted by ASEE will be a poster contest for students at the AIChE Conference in November, 2000 exit EPA disclaimer to be judged by an industry panel. For more information about this and other programs contact, Robert P. Hesketh, Chemical Engineering Department, Rowan University at hesketh@rowan.edu exit EPA disclaimer or phone: 865-256-5313.


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