This course is designed as graduate-level seminar for engineers, scientists, project managers, and others who design products, processes, or systems and want to understand, quantify, and reduce the associated environmental impacts.
This three-day course provides an introduction to the topic of green engineering, a tool for reducing the environmental impact of products, processes, and systems and making them more sustainable. From a NASA perspective, green engineering is an engineering best practice that considers environmental impacts as another design risk for mission success.
Learning will be accomplished primarily through lectures and examples, with class discussion and group exercises on key concepts. Basic concepts will be presented along with NASA examples where available and appropriate. The exercises and class discussions will complement the lectures to encourage participants to consider how various concepts and methods can be directly applied to current and future design projects as well as the NASA design process and culture. Resources will be provided so that participants can continue to learn and apply the course concepts to future projects.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Systems thinking, sustainability, green engineering, environmental impacts, environmental risk management, incorporating environmental issues into decision frameworks, life-cycle assessment (LCA), chemical toxicology, biomimicry.
The first part of this course introduces and reviews various underlying concepts regarding sustainability, green engineering, environmental impacts, and chemical toxicology. The second part of this course focuses on specific tools for the reduction of environmental impacts including LCA. Examples from various engineering disciplines will be used including relevant NASA projects. This course is not focused on green buildings and facilities, though examples from building systems will be used where relevant.