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Engineers, society, and sustainability / Sarah Bell
Bib ID 5980271
Format BookBook
Author
Bell, Sarah (Sarah Jayne)
 
Description San Rafael, Calif. : Morgan & Claypool, ©2011 
xi, 95 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781608457892
9781608457908
Series

Synthesis lectures on engineers, technology, & society 1933-3641 ; #17.

Summary

Sustainable development is one of the key challenges of the twenty-first century. The engineering profession is central to achieving sustainable development. To date, engineering contributions to sustainability have focused on reducing the environmental impacts of development and improving the efficiency of resource use. This approach is consistent with dominant policy responses to environmental problems, which have been characterised as ecological modernisation. Ecological modernisation assumes that sustainability can be addressed by reforming modern society and developing environmental technologies. Environmental philosophers have questioned these assumptions and call into question the very nature of modern society as underlying the destruction of nature and the persistence of social inequality. Central to the crises of ecology and human development are patterns of domination and the separation of nature and culture.

Full contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. The origins of sustainability
  • 2. Ecological modernisation
  • 3. Environmental ethics
  • 4. Society and technology
  • 5. Engineering consumption
  • 6. Sustainable urban water systems
  • 7. Engineering, technology and ethics
  • Conclusion
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-94)

Subjects Sustainability.  |  Sustainable engineering.  |  Engineering -- Social aspects.  |  Environmentalism.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Morgan & Claypool Publishers

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