- PROJECT 1 | Designing a City of The Future
- PROJECT 2 | Creation of Public Campaign on Environmental Impact of Smartphones
- Environmental Justice
In this project-based learning assignment, students will design a city of the future. Their city design should address the following aspects:
- Providing sustainable water, energy, and food supplies
- Intervention and adaptation of climate change
- Disaster Resilience
Each city should incorporate infrastructure, smart system technology and distributed systems into the design.
Prior to creating their cities students will explore the issues of sustainability, climate change and city efficiency and resilience using the content from the Grand Challenges, 1, 2 and 4. Students will explore this content through class discussion, readings and group work.
Following the content lessons, students will work in teams to design their city.
Day 1: Sustainability
Day 2: Climate Change
Day 3: City Structure Issues/Introduce Project
Days 4-10: Project Based Work
Lesson 1: Sustainably Supply Food, Water, & Energy
Lesson 2: Curb Climate Change and Adapt to Its Impacts
Lesson 3: Create Efficient, Healthy, Resilient Cities
In this project-based learning assignment students will analyze the environmental impacts of smart phones and have an opportunity to create a public campaign.
This campaign will:
- Include the four elements of policy solutions
- Propose ways to incorporate a circular model
of production and use for smart phones
Prior to creating this campaign students will explore issues of waste, product design, and policy action using the content from the Environmental Engineering Study found in Grand Challenges 3 and 5. Students will explore this content through class discussion, readings and group work.
Following the content lessons, students will work on creating their educational campaign to inform and persuade others.
Following the content lessons, students will work in teams to develop their campaign.
Day 1: Fostering Informed Decisions
Day 2: Design a Future Without Waste
Days 3-9: Project Based Work
Lesson 1: Fostering Informed Decisions
- Analyze the connection between human actions (or inactions) and the impacts on the environment.
- Appreciate that understanding and stakeholder engagement are essential components of identifying and implementing policy.
- Explore policy development in terms of providing information, changing decision context, creating incentives, and setting rules and regulations
Lesson 2: Design a Future Without Waste
When learning about the future of environmental engineering and the challenges encountered, it is important to have students explore the topic of environmental justice. The lessons are developed to encourage group research and discussion.
This section has 4 lessons and includes a subject matter expert video interview to assist your students with understanding the concepts in environmental justice and explore solutions.