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World Trends in Education for Sustainable Development

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Walter Leal Filho

It is widely acknowledged that sustainable development is a long-term goal, which both individuals and institutions (and countries!) need to pursue. This important theme is characterized by an intrinsic complexity, since it encompasses ecological or environmental considerations on the one hand, and economic matters, social influences and political frameworks on the other. This makes provisions in respect of education for sustainable development a particularly challenging task, but one which is feasible and achievable, provided the right elements are put into place. This book is an attempt to foster the cause of education for sustainable development, by documenting and disseminating experiences from different parts of the world, where learning for, about and through the principles of sustainability is taking place, in various sets and contexts, in both industrialized and developing nations. A special feature of this book is that it not only presents a wide range of philosophies, approaches, methods and analyses with respect to education for sustainable development across the world, but also documents and disseminates concrete case studies, which show how education for sustainable development may be realized in practice.

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Engineers for More Sustainable Industrial Engineering

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Luis Velazquez, Nora Munguia, Javier Esquer Abstract Purpose: The chapter aims at providing insights into the way industrial engineers should be educated and professionally formed in order to not only strengthen productivity and profitability but also to prevent, eliminate and/or reduce the generation of occupational risks or severe environmental impacts that processes, operations or activities can impose on workers, the environment, and society. Design/methodology/approach: Based on almost two decades of promoting sustainability in industrial engineering curriculum, it is theorized that adding environmental and occupational concerns to the production of goods and services results in the strengthening of the field. Finding: The chapter proves that principles and tools of cleaner production and occupational health need to be understood by industrial engineers in order to promote more sustainable industrial engineering. Practical implications: This chapter allows industrial engineer educators to hu- manize the field by incorporating economic, environmental, and social dimen- sions into the current industrial engineering education curriculum content. Originality and value: So far, industrial engineering curriculum deals with topics related to productivity, quality, manufacturing, technologies, statistics, operations research, optimization, robotics, mechatronics, methods, the supply chain, and so on; the chapter supports and enhances the adoption of multidisciplinary learning and teaching in order to shift from unsustainability patterns of production to sus- tainable production and services systems through a better understanding of human health exposures and environmental impacts of materials, processes, and products. Introduction The philosophy of sustainable development is widely understood as a conceptual framework that takes into account economic, social,...

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