The environmental impact of electronics and its incorporation into the curriculum

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Parsons, David. 2006. "The environmental impact of electronics and its incorporation into the curriculum." 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2006). Auckland, New Zealand 10 - 13 Dec 2006 Auckland, New Zealand.
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The environmental impact of electronics and its incorporation into the curriculum

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AuthorParsons, David
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2006)
Number of Pages11
Year2006
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
ISBN9780473118815
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=496804633680417;res=IELENG
Conference/Event17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2006)
Event Details
17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2006)
Parent
Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)
Delivery
In person
Event Date
10 to end of 13 Dec 2006
Event Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Abstract

With the continuing ubiquitous use of electronic equipment and the boom in consumer electronic products, there comes a significant environmental impact, via the sources of materials and manufacturing processes and in the place of use and disposal. There is growing international market pressure on industry to act to ameliorate these impacts by good design and sensible policies. An overview of the impacts is given along with a review of several tools which can be used by industry to assess the impacts.

In the light of the situation described above, an argument is presented that more work in this area should be done in educating undergraduate engineers and technologists and that the software tools now available are adequate, appropriate and suitable to the engineering approach to such matters. With relatively little effort on the part of academics, it is possible to teach some form of assessment of environmental impact in a way which is both realistic and meaningful to students. Some detail of the author’s experiences in teaching such matters is given

Keywordselectronics; environment; life cycle analysis; curriculum; assessment tools; sustainability
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410403. Environmental education and extension
390303. Higher education
400899. Electrical engineering not elsewhere classified
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