Assessing Sustainability with Metrics and Methods

Originally delivered Sep 3, 2014
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This presentation is about making an attempt to apply sustainability principles to engineering processes and products. Sustainability has been accepted as an organizing principle in most engineering disciplines. Industry and academia have also embraced the idea. Yet it is generally felt that not much progress has taken place in holistic assessment of products and processes. There have been many attempts and examples of applications. But they are generally not comprehensive.

This presentation first defines sustainability in comparative form and shows how one can proceed. Although the examples are from industrial activities, the method is general and can also be used to track the sustainability performance of a system over time or be applied to ecosystems.

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Subhas Sikdar

Subhas Sikdar is Associate Director for Science at EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Univ. of Arizona (1975) and has worked for Occidental Petroleum, General Electric, NIST, and EPA, mostly in R&D management. During his technical career he has authored or coauthored more than 80 journal papers, edited 13 books, and has been awarded 26 U.S. patents. He is a Fellow of AIChE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, and has received AIChE’s Research...Read more



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