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Unformatted text preview: APSC 150: Sustainable Design Case Sustainability and Engineering Guidelines to Practice: The APEGBC Sustainability Guidelines: An Overview † Moving goalposts There is no agreed upon range of “sustainable engineering solutions”– nor could there ever be. Technologies or techniques that constitute best practice one year may become obsolete the next – the goalposts are constantly shifting as technologies evolve and the things people deem important change. For the foreseeable future at least, sustainability will be the process of reaching acceptable solutions across a balance of interests – not a specified outcome that can be transplanted from one context to another. Disparate nature of engineering tasks and responsibilities In practical terms, implementing sustainability naturally implies different things for the CEO of a global corporation and for the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) of a small municipality. Attempting to catalogue the specific options open to each, and to all those in between, would be an endless, encyclopedic task. But while the CEO and EIT have different spheres of control, influence and concern, both can apply the Guidelines to work out for themselves how to introduce sustainability considerations to their professional practice. The benefits of thinking Applying Guidelines obliges us to think about a wide range of complex issues and to develop situation-specific solutions to problems. Thinking things through for ourselves ensures that we can spot opportunities as they arise, and can apply solutions that make sense for the given situation. The seven Guidelines break down into the four main areas shown in the table below. Table 1 Focus of Guidelines Guideline Focus Area 1 Develop and maintain a level of understanding of the goals of, and issues related to, sustainability. Increasing Awareness of Sustainability 2 Take into account the individual and cumulative social, environmental and economic implications. 3 Take into account the short- and long-term consequences. Fully Investigating the Impacts of Potential Actions 4 Take into account the direct and indirect consequences. 5 Assess reasonable alternative concepts, designs and/or methodologies. Evaluating Alternative Solutions 6 Seek appropriate expertise in areas where the Member's knowledge is inadequate. 7 Cooperate with colleagues, clients, employers, decision-makers and the public in the pursuit of sustainability. Fostering Consultation and Partnerships † This document is an edited and abridged version of The APEGBC Primer, Part 2. ( http://www.sustainability.ca/index.cfm?body=SourceView.cfm&ID=45 (Aug. 2004)) APSC 150: Sustainable Design Case Increasing Awareness of Sustainability Guideline 1: Develop and maintain a level of understanding of the goals of, and issues related to, sustainability....
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course APSC 03293901 taught by Professor M.smith during the Fall '10 term at UBC.
- Fall '10