MIT is offering a short program on
"Technology and Sustainability" from July 9-11, 2018, in Cambridge,
MA. The instructors are Tim Gutowski of MIT, Bhavik Bakshi of The
Ohio State University, and Dusan Sekulic of the University of
Kentucky, who are co-editors of, "Thermodynamics and the Destruction
of Resources" (http://www.cambridge.org/9780521884556).
A brief description of this course is as follows.
Organizations are aware of the need to reduce their carbon
footprints. Unfortunately there is no one-size-fits-all approach
when it comes to becoming an environmentally friendly and socially
responsible business. This course helps companies understand what
they need to do in order to operate greener and achieve their goals.
You'll learn about important industry issues and trends from
multiple perspectives, and at different scales, and explore:
The class uses our book Thermodynamics and the Destruction of
Resources (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and builds on these
topics from a solid basis. Examples will be taken from diverse areas
but with special attention to current and emerging chemical and
manufacturing processes and product analysis. Participants are
encouraged to bring sample cases for discussion and class will
include time for hands-on LCA demonstrations.
- Which solutions have the greatest ability to effect change
- How to implement strategies in the most efficient and
effective way, valuing economic and natural resources,
- What impact technological advances such as 3D printing,
process intensification, and autonomous vehicles may have on
- How to manage conflicting goals, such as, longer life products
(circular economy) versus rapid product development
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