Teaching Life-Cycle Perspectives: Sustainable Transportation Fuels Unit for High-School and Undergraduate Engineering Students

TitleTeaching Life-Cycle Perspectives: Sustainable Transportation Fuels Unit for High-School and Undergraduate Engineering Students
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsPowers, SE, DeWaters, JE, Venczel, MZ
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Volume137
Pagination55-63
Date Published2011
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10523928
Keywordseducation , energy , ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL , INDUSTRIAL , Life-cycle , TRANSPORTATION , UNDERGRADUATES
AbstractClassroom units were developed for high-school environmental science and college industrial ecology classes to introduce life-cycle perspectives and systems analysis of transportation fuel/vehicle systems. The units at both levels emphasize the need to consider energy and environmental issues related to the nation's transportation sector that extend well beyond the gasoline pump and vehicle emissions. The units include several lessons to introduce environmental issues, understand the fuel and vehicle technologies (high-school level only), and conceptually and quantitatively evaluate differences among the expected future fuels through a life-cycle assessment. The quantitative assessment of the high-school students shows that the units helped students to significantly raise their energy knowledge and change their attitudes. The evaluation of the class in the 2009-2010 academic year (AY09) was excellent, suggesting that the addition of the life-cycle assessment activities described in this paper were well received by the students. 
NotesPowers, Susan E. 1; Email Address: sep@clarkson.edu DeWaters, J. E. 2; Email Address: dewaters@clarkson.edu Venczel, M. Z. 2; Email Address: venczemz@clarkson.edu; Affiliation: 1: Professor, Clarkson Univ., Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam, NY 13699-5715 (corresponding author) 2: Ph.D. candidate, Clarkson Univ., Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam, NY 13699-5710; Source Info: Apr2011, Vol. 137 Issue 2, p55; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL sciences; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: ENERGY consumption -- Environmental aspects; Subject Term: UNDERGRADUATES; Subject Term: EDUCATION; Subject Term: INDUSTRIAL ecology; Author-Supplied Keyword: Energy consumption; Author-Supplied Keyword: Energy efficiency; Author-Supplied Keyword: Energy sources; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Life-cycle assessment; Author-Supplied Keyword: Transportation systems; Number of Pages: 9p; Illustrations: 1 Diagram, 4 Charts, 1 Graph; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000059

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