The need for inclusion of environmental education in undergraduate engineering curricula

Sabah A. Abdul-Wahab, Mahmood Y. Abdulraheem, Melanie Hutchinson

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Environmental degradation is a global concern and an increasing one. Increasing population pressures, escalating consumption patterns and rapid industrial development are key contributors to this degradation. There is a growing recognition that sustainable development policies, plans and actions have a better chance of being implemented when they are supported by an educated, informed public. The objective of this paper is to highlight the need for the inclusion of environmental education into the curricula of engineering studies in order to raise environmental awareness at an early stage in their careers. The main aim of such environmental education is to provide engineers with the background to environmental issues such that they develop solutions that take into account the needs of the natural environment and which seek to minimise any negative impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-137
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2003


  • Engineering
  • Pollution
  • Production
  • Students
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Education


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