Education Modules for Teaching Sustainability in a Mass and Energy Balance Course
Sustainability is a vital issue for the long-term, healthy development of human society. ABET has specified that sustainability is a key element that should be integrated into engineering curricula. In the field of sustainability study, a hierarchy of four types of sustainability systems is recognized, ranging from a global scope to a specific technology. Nevertheless, in a traditional curriculum, the systems involved in the mass and energy balance education are basically “restricted” to equipment, processes, and plants. To broaden the system scope, we developed several educational modules that can be used for integrating sustainability concepts into a mass and energy balance course. The systems in these modules range from a global scale to an industrial ecosystem, where life-cycle aspects of products and renewable energy topics are addressed. The modules will help awaken students’ eco-consciousness and establish their conceptual understanding of the systems concept in sustainability.