Class Location: 
Corvallis Campus

Course Description

Assessing sustainability of biological and ecological systems is an integral part of ecological engineering practice. Various aspects of sustainability analysis include assessing technical feasibility, economic viability, environmental impacts, resource sustainability and social aspects of engineered systems.  This course will provide an introduction to these aspects of sustainability with a focus on case studies that are relevant to biological and ecological engineers. This course will introduce tools to perform technical feasibility analysis, economic viability analysis, environmental risk assessment, resource sustainability assessment and life cycle assessment (LCA).  This course will provide an introduction and overview of the LCA methodology, various tools to perform LCA and its use in assessing the environmental impacts. This course will also discuss the nexus of food-energy-water systems. Course will consist of lectures focusing on theory and case studies highlighting the use of these methods to assess sustainability. PREREQS: ENGR 391 or BEE 322

Course Objectives

  • Describe different aspects of sustainability.
  • Evaluate technical feasibility of a given system.
  • Assess economic viability of a given system.
  • Evaluate environmental impacts of a given product/process using life cycle impact assessment methods.