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Introduction to Green Engineering

Webinar Description

The U.S. EPA defines green engineering as the “design, commercialization, and use of processes and products, which are feasible and economical while minimizing generation of pollution at the source and risk to human health and the environment.” Green engineering applies principles similar to those of green chemistry to process and product design. These principles and techniques are based on the idea that protection of health and environment as well as costs are best addressed at the design and development phase. 

In this GC3 Green Chemistry Education Webinar, Professor Julie Zimmerman provides an overview of green engineering principles, Professor Matthew Eckelman introduces tools for sustainable design, and Professor Julie Schoenung showcases examples of green engineering principles in practice.

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Julie Zimmerman
Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Yale University
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Matthew Eckelman
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
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Julie Schoenung
Professor and Vice Chair of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California Davis
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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of systems thinking and designing for sustainability
  • Understand the basics of life cycle assessment
  • Learn about tools and methods for green engineering

Recommendations for Prerequisites

This webinar is suitable for all audiences.

Additional Material

Guide to Green Engineering
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Design Through the 12 Principles of Green Engineering
Anastas, P. T.; Zimmerman, J. B. Environmental Science and Technology, 2003, 37 (5): 94A-101A.

Applying the Principles of Green Engineering to Cradle-to-Cradle Design
McDonough, W.; Braungart, M.; Anastas, P.T.; Zimmerman, J.B.  Environmental Science and Technology, 2003, 37 (23): 434A-441A.

Comparative alternative materials assessment to screen toxicity hazards in the life cycle of CIGS thin film photovoltaics
Eisenberg, D.A.; Yu, M.; Lam, C.W.; Ogunseitan, O.A.; Schoenung, J.M. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2013, 260 534-542.