What is “Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment”?
Sustainable engineering is a revolutionary approach to engineering that:
- Focuses on the long-lasting improvement of the human condition.
- Recognizes the connections between infrastructure and the human and natural systems; and
- Designs and constructs complex systems by considering environmental impacts, life-cycle assessment, and risk and uncertainty, along with technical and economic effectiveness.
The built environment includes society’s physical infrastructure and integrated systems that create the conditions for sustained health, prosperity and social well-being.
Involvement with the built environment generally includes the initiation of projects or programs through planning, design, construction, operations and decommissioning; the so-called “life-cycle” of the endeavor.