Environment, Safety & Sustainability

This section contains materials that examine professional responsibilities for the safety and well being of the public as well as of workers. Over time, the section has broadened to include materials that examine the role of engineers in ensuring the health and safety of the environment, including issues of social justice and sustainable development.  Newer sections on "Climate Change, Engineered Systems and Society" and on "Energy Ethics" are in development.  

Materials range from essays and cases to codes of ethics and student investigations of problem situations.  In the “Other Resources” section you can find presentations and bibliographies about engineering and social justice, and referrals to other sources of information.


  • Cases

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    Cases, scenarios and role plays, some with commentary, focusing on problems relating to the environment, sustainability, and safety. These cases are housed in our Case Database but are listed here for simplified topical searching.

  • Essays, Articles & Reports

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    Essays, articles, and student projects concerning ethics relating to safety, sustainability, and environmental issues.

  • Climate Change, Engineered Systems and Society

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    This is a collection of resources generated and gathered during the NSF Climate Change Educational Partnership (CCEP) Phase I award, It includes cases and a bibliography as well as teaching tools and general organizational information.  This is a work in progress so check back often for more resources.

  • Energy Ethics

    (Resource Collection)

    This is a collection of resources generated and gathered by the NSF supported Energy Ethics in Science and Engineering (EESE) Education partnership. It includes two bibliographies as well as teaching tools and general organizational information. This is a work in progress so check back often for more resources.

  • Sustainability

    (Resource Collection)

    This is a collection of resources on sustainability, many of which are currently being gathered through two ongoing partnerships with the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) and the University of Minnesota.

  • Other Resources

    (Resource Collection)

    A variety of other resources related to safety, sustainability, and environmental ethics.

Cite this page: "Environment, Safety & Sustainability" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 7/28/2009 National Academy of Engineering Accessed: Saturday, March 28, 2015 <www.onlineethics.org/Topics/Enviro.aspx>

Highlighted Resources
  • The Climate Change Educational Partnership: Climate Change, Engineered Systems, and Society

    This report is the summary of three workshops on the interactions of climate change with engineered systems in society and the educational efforts needed to address them.

  • Infrastructure and Climate Change Videos - CCEP

    These videos were developed by the Center for Engineering Ethics and Society at the National Academy of Engineering as part of a Phase I Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP). They are intended to serve as a starting point for discussion and enable educators and others to inform engineers and the public of the numerous challenges posed by climate change.

  • TEST - Teach Early Safety Testing

    Curriculum materials to encourage the integration of safety into design for the undergraduate engineering student. These materials were developed by Kids In Danger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children’s product safety.

Events and Opportunities
  • The 2015 INSS conference - April 9-11, 2015

    The annual conference for the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) is scheduled for April 9-11, 2015! This year's theme is Social Sustainability and Infrastructure. We will have five conference locations, including: - Charlotte, NC - London, UK - Lansing, MI - Phoenix, AZ - and Bend, OR If you are unable to attend, conference proceedings will be available to stream online.