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Start thinking GREEN!

As engineers, we have a responsibility to consider the environment in our design and operations worldwide.  Although shifting environmental “issues” in manufacturing to another part of the world may be a quick and cheap fix, in the long run, it is just that – a bandaid.  Therefore, place in your engineering careers the importance of engineering green as more than just a consideration…but as a responsibility.  The National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges brings to the forefront issues of our day and into the future that engineers must address. 

What is green engineering?  The US Environmental Protection Agency says “the design, commercialization, and use of processes and products, which are feasible and economical while minimizing 1) generation of pollution at the source and 2) risk to human health and the environment. Green engineering embraces the concept that decisions to protect human health and the environment can have the greatest impact and cost effectiveness when applied early to the design and development phase of a process or product.”

A speaker formerly of the National Parks Service will be present on campus to discuss issues that impact all of us…the need to preserve and interact with Nature….consider attending :

“Dean Glen Gilbert invites you to attend the upcoming Inaugural of the Ralph Steele Visiting Lecture Series at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2010, in the Murphy Center.  Ms. Fran Mainella will present the public lecture, “Nature Deficit Disorder and its Implications on Human Well-being.”  Mainella was the first woman to lead the National Park Service and was appointed by President George W. Bush.  Prior to her nearly six years as the national director, she served twelve years as Florida State Parks director.  Under her leadership, Florida received the Gold Medal Award recognizing excellence in the field of recreation management given jointly by the National Sports Goods Association and the National Recreation and Park Association.  ‘We are pleased to welcome Fran Mainella to East Carolina University as the keynote speaker in the Ralph Steele Visiting Lecture Series.  Mainella’s contributions to the national park system have encouraged active lifestyles through volunteerism and local partnerships.  Her influence has brought linkage between active living and the environment,’ said Dr. Glen Gilbert.  Among her numerous awards and honors, Mainella received the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award in 2002 presented by the American Recreation Coalition.  In 2006 she was awarded the William Penn Mott, Jr. Award for Excellence by the National Society for Park Resources and in 2007 she received the Pugsley Award, the highest award given by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.” – Marilyn Sheerer, Provost, East Carolina University

Please attend what is sure to be an outstanding presentation.

The comments noted here are of the 2010 ENGR 3300 Lead Instructor and do not necessarily reflect those of East Carolina University or its Department of Engineering.


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