Engineering Education and the New Industrial Revolution, by David Thom of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. This is an excellent paper on the changes that need to be instituted within the education system to ensure that engineers are equipped to both be leaders and successful practitioners in a changing world context. As Thom states in the opening exerpt: “The engineering profession is facing the greatest challenge of its history, a challenge that will determine its future. But the nature of the forces shaping this future, and the societal expectation of the role of technology can be deduced. Rate of change is a critical factor. The direction taken by engineering education will greatly affect the future of the profession. But the base for reform exists in work carried out in various parts of the world. The challenge can be met. What is needed is the will to make the change.” Follow the link below to read/download the paper.
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In 1997, fund manager Sustainable Investment Group Ltd. developed a method to quantify corporate sustainable development performance utilizing a Sustainable Development Index (SDIÃ¤). The SDI was used to create a portfolio of sustainable development companies and subsequently track share price appreciation. Here is how it works. This article by Ted Lederer,P.Eng., was published in the summer 1999 issue of “Innovation”.
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A theoretical, non-scientific- practice, a rational inquiry about the universe leading towards wisdom, virtue and happiness. Philosophy is about thinking better to live better. It is about four questions: What can I know? What must I do? What may I hope? What is mankind? The first three questions refer to the fourth and all four to a fifth question: How to live? Philosophy deals with the most fundamental concepts, theories and presuppositions present in every disciplines and everyday life. As such, philosophy is at the core of sustainability question.
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Sustainability Now is the newsletter of the Sustainability initiative of APEGBC. The theme for this issue is the 2002 APEGBC Annual AGM and Conference, “Creating a Sustainable Future for BC”. Topics include: 1. AGM Round-up 2. Interview with Linda Thorstad, P.Geo 3. Technical Brief: Sustainable Communications Cabling Systems 4. APEGBC Sustainability Activities 5. Resources and Events Follow the link below to view or download the Newsletter.
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BBC Everyone seems to agree that sustainable development is a good thing. But views differ over what it actually is â€“ and consequently, how we should achieve it. BBC brings five thinkers and five point of views: Ernst Weizseacker -Wuppertal Institute Germany Vandana Shiva – Physicist – India Bjorn Lomborg – the Skeptical Environmentalist Julian Morris – International Policy Network – IPN Satish Kumar – Schumacher College (Small is beautiful)
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Learning sustainability steps by steps. THE PRESSING NEED for innovation and change to generate greater sustainability in our corporations and institutions is now incontestable. Yet transformation at both the organizational and planetary levels is a dance that is often fraught with danger for both the change agents themselves and their organizations. It is like dancing with a tiger – with the outcome frequently uncertain. For corporations, communities, and other organizations, the choreography of the dance toward sustainability has been systematized in The Natural Step framework, which provides the science, analysis, methodologies, and tools to use in the quest for sustainability. Dancing with the Tiger presents the compelling stories of individuals and teams in some of the world’s most progressive organizations as they pioneer anew paradigm of sustainable business practices and corporate responsibility.
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The Vancouver of November 2, 2002 produces a series of letter from readers reacting to the one-sided view from Kyoto opponents that signing Kyoto would be detrimental to the Canadian economy. Also, two/third of Canadians do not trust the oil industry to bring a solution to climate change.
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The results of the World Summit on Sustainable Development – Johannesburg Sep. 10. 2002.
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Access to information, and thereby to the creation of knowledge, is considered a critical factor in the sustainable development process. On the one hand, this requires an adequate range of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) networks and services. On the other hand, it implies the ability to use those tools to develop applications that benefit society (learning by doing). But both the tools and the ability to use them are unevenly distributed. Despite considerable progress in recent years, access to ICTs, notably the telephone, mobile phone, Internet and broadcast networks, remains unequally distributed. There are, for example, more televisions in Brazil; more fixed line telephones in Italy; more mobile phones in Korea; and greater Internet connectivity in Luxembourg; than in the whole continent of Africa. Yet the population of Africa, and the needs of its people, greatly exceeds those of these other countries. In recent years, these disparities have come to be known as the â€œdigital divideâ€.
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Renewable Energy World is a magazine publisher quarterly. A comprehensive and authoritative source on renewable energy technology and services. Copies of the magazine are circulated free to qualifies professionals or otherwise available on subscription. A must read to anyone professionally involved in renewable energy.
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