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Robin Autenrieth, Ph.D., P.E. Department of Civil Engineering Texas A&M University
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Outline Sustainability Concepts o Life Cycle Assessment o Sustainable Engineering Practices o How YOU can live more sustainably
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" Sustain - to cause to continue (as in existence or a certain state, or in force or intensity); to keep up, especially without interruption diminution, flagging, etc.; to prolong." Webster's New International Dictionary . (Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster Inc., 1986)
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World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) 1987 Our Common Future also called the Brundtland Report o This document defined sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
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"Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable - to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The concept of sustainable development does imply limits - not absolute limits but limitations imposed by the present state of technology and social organization on environmental resources and by the ability of the biosphere to absorb the effects of human activity." G.H. Brundtland (Chair), Our CommonFuture, World Commission on Environment and Development, Oxford University Press, New York, 1987.
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Sustainability in the news A sustainability sensibility is sweeping through and transforming the curricula in America's colleges of engineering, as more educators emphasize the importance of designs and solutions that rely on renewable resources. Eighty percent of respondents to a recent survey of U.S.
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2011 for the course ENGR 482 taught by Professor Russell during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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