The Principles

Sustainable engineering transforms existing engineering disciplines and practices to those that promote sustainability. Sustainable engineering incorporates development and implementation of technologically and economically viable products, processes, and systems that promote human welfare while protecting human health and elevating the protection of the biosphere as a criterion in engineering solutions.

To fully implement sustainable engineering solutions, engineers use the following principles:

1. Engineer processes and products holistically, use systems analysis, and integrate environmental impact assessment tools.

2. Conserve and improve natural ecosystems while protecting human health and well-being.

3. Use lifecycle thinking in all engineering activities.

4. Ensure that all material and energy inputs and outputs are as inherently safe and benign as possible.

5. Minimize depletion of natural resources.

6. Strive to prevent waste.

7. Develop and apply engineering solutions, while being cognizant of local geography, aspirations, and cultures.

8. Create engineering solutions beyond current or dominant technologies; improve, innovate and invent (technologies) to achieve sustainability.

9. Actively engage communities and stakeholders in development of engineering solutions.

There is a duty to inform society of the practice of sustainable engineering.

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