CP551 Sustainable Development

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 Course Description

 

 Comments of Class2009

 

Model questions and Past examination papers: August 2005, May 2008, and August 2009

 

Module 1 (held on August 24 and 28, 2009):

Components of sustainable development: environment, economy and society. Games and group discussions to introduce the need for sustainable development in today’s world.

 

Lecture

materials

Part 1: Introduction and Sustainable Energy

ppt

Part 2: Sustainable limit to CO2 emissions

ppt

Part 3: CO2 emissions reductions options

ppt

Reference

Materials

'What is Sustainable Development (Goals, Indicators, Values, and Practice)?'

paper

'Making Sense and Making Money' for a very interesting reading on creative ideas implemented worldwide

paper

A very interesting talk on 'Can podcars be driven by solar energy?', delivered by Ron Swenson at The Podcar City, Uppsala, Sweden on October 2, 2007 

ppt

video

 

Module 2 (held on September 18, 2009):

Concepts of economic development and human development. Economic development indices and their critique. Human development index and its critique. Discussion on sustainable development indices.

 

Lecture

Materials

Part 1: Economic, human and sustainable development Indices

ppt

Part 2: Framework for Sustainable Limit calculations

ppt

Reference

Materials

'Measuring the Immeasurable: A Survey of Sustainability Indices'

paper

'Measuring sustainable development — Nation by nation' for more on Human Development Index and Ecological Footprint

paper

Lecture materials used for an introductory course in Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development Practice

ppt

 

Module 3:

Group discussion on economic development, and the impact on public health and environment.

 

Module 4:

Group discussion on climate change and development, and other environmental and ecological related issues in today’s world.

 

Reference

Material

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Findings

ppt

animated ppt

 

Module 5 (held on September 25, 2009):

Science, technology, innovations and sustainable development.

 

Lecture

Materials

Part 1: Introduction to Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development

ppt

Part 2: Sustainablility, Radical Resource Productivity, Whole System Design, and Biomimicry

ppt

Part 3: Green Chemistry, Green Engineering, Earth Systems Engineering and Green Nanotechnology

ppt

Worked

Examples

on

Whole

System

Design

Industrial Pumping Systems (on ppt)

Worked Ex. 1

Appendices

6A, 6B, 6C, 6D

Passenger Vehicles

Worked Ex. 2

Electronic and Computer Systems

Worked Ex. 3

Temperature Control of Buildings

Worked Ex. 4

Domestic Water Systems

Worked Ex. 5

Reference

Materials

A relaxed Look at Creativity

ppt

A very interesting talk on 'Biomimicry', delivered by Janine Benyus

video

'Green Nanotechnology: It's easier than you think', by Karen F. Schmidt

paper

 

Assignment #1 (preparation on October 02, 2009 and discussion on October 09, 2009):

Worked examples of Module 5 were presented by the class and discussed.

 

Industrial Pumping systems (ppt) by R. Shanthini

Temperature Control of Buildings by W.M. Lahiru Y. Walisinghe

Domestic Water Systems by Uditha Weerasamudra

Passenger Vehicles by Udaya Karunathilake

Electronic and Computer Systems by Akbo Rupasinghe 

 

A total of 10 marks is assigned for the ability of the student to defend the methods used in the worked example assigned to the student. 

 

Module 6 is being modified (held on October 16, 2009 at Seminar Room 03):

Energy and transport for economic development and human development, and their impact on sustainable development.

 

Lecture

Materials

Part 1: Energy (Fossil, Hydro and Nuclear)

ppt

Part 2: Energy (Other sources)

ppt

Part 3: Conventional and Microbial Fuel Cells

ppt

Part 4: Bioethanol as an alternative energy source

ppt

Part 5: Transport

ppt

Sustainable

Energy

Solutions

Opportunities for Improving the Efficiency of Motor Systems

Lecture 3.1

Opportunities for Improving the Efficiency of Boiler and Steam Distribution Systems

Lecture 3.2

Energy Efficiency Improvements available through Co-Generation

Lecture 3.3

Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in the Aluminium, Steel and Cement Sectors

Lecture 5.1

Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing Industries

Lecture 5.2

Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in the IT Industry and Services Sector

Lecture 5.3

Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in the Food Processing and Retail Sector

Lecture 6.2

 

Energy

efficiency

and

Transport

Designing a Sustainable Transport Future

Lecture 8.1

Integrated Approaches to Energy Efficiency and Alternative Transport Fuels – Passenger Vehicles

Lecture 8.2

Integrated Approaches to Energy Efficiency and Alternative Transport Fuels – Trucking

Lecture 8.3

 

Reference

materials

Life After the Oil Crash – a very informative reading on our energy future

website

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on 'Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage'

Report

Renewables Global Status Report - 2009 Update by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century

Update

 

Assignment #2 (held on October 26, 2009):

Discussion on the following selected lectures on ‘Sustainable Energy Solutions’ of Module 6 will be led by students, each of whom is assigned a maximum of 20-min for presentation followed by a 15-min discussion (schedule emailed):

 

Opportunities for Energy Efficiency ins Manufacturing Industries (Lecture 5.2)

       by W.M. Lahiru Y. Walisinghe

Opportunities for Improving the Efficiency of Boiler and Steam Distribution Systems (Lecture 3.2)

      by Uditha Weerasamudra 

Energy Efficiency Improvements available through Co-Generation (Lecture 3.3)

       by Udaya Karunathilake 

 

A total of 10 marks is assigned for the ability of the student to deliver and lead the lecture materials selected by the student. 

 

Module 7 (to be held on October 30, 2009 at Seminar Room 03):

Industrial and service sector and their impact on sustainable development.

 

Lecture

material

Industrial and service sectors and their impact on Sustainable Development

ppt

Reference

Materials

Functional industrial ecosystem, "The Industrial Symbiosis at Kalundborg, Denmark", by Jørgen Christensen, Consultant to the Symbiosis Institute, Kalundborg, Denmark

ppt

"Uncovering" Industrial Symbiosis by M.R. Chertow, Journal of Industrial Ecology Winter 2007, Vol. 11, No. 1: 11-30

Paper

Industrial Symbiosis in China: A Case Study of the Guitang Group by Q. Zhu, E.A. Lowe, Y. Wei, and D. Barnes, Journal of Industrial Ecology Winter 2007, Vol. 11, No. 1: 31-42

Paper

A Spatial Analysis of Loop Closing Among Recycling, Remanufacturing, and Waste Treatment Firms in Texas by D.I. Lyons, Journal of Industrial Ecology Winter 2007, Vol. 11, No. 1: 43-54

Paper

Industrial Symbiosis in the Australian Minerals Industry: The Cases of Kwinana and Gladstone by D. van Beers, G. Corder, A. Bossilkov, and R. van Berkel, Journal of Industrial Ecology Winter 2007, Vol. 11, No. 1: 55-72

Paper

 

Module 8 is being modified (to be held on November 06, 2009 at Seminar Room 03):

Use of fertilizers and pesticides, green revolution and agricultural biotechnology in the agricultural sector, and their impact on sustainable development.

 

Lecture

materials

Part 1: Use of fertilizers and pesticides and green revolution in the agricultural sector, and their impact on sustainable development

ppt

Part 2: Agricultural biotechnology in the agricultural sector, and their impact on sustainable development

ppt

Reference

materials

Transgenic crops: Implications for biodiversity and sustainable agriculture by M.A. Garcia and M.A. Altieri

Paper

Transgenic crops in Argentina and its hidden costs by W.A. Pengue. In Ortega, E. & Ulgiati, S. (editors): Proceedings of IV Biennial International Workshop “Advances in Energy Studies”. Unicamp, Campinas, SP, Brazil. June 16-19, 2004. Pages 91-101

Paper

 

Assignment #3 (to be held on November 13, 2009):

Presentation and defense of the following sustainable development projects carried out by the students, each of whom is assigned a maximum of 20-min for presentation followed by a 15-min discussion (schedule emailed):

 

Carbon Management in fossil-fuel consuming Sri Lankan Industry

       by W.M. Lahiru Y. Walisinghe

Efficient Utilization of Biomass as an energy source at home, restaurants and bakeries.

      by Uditha Weerasamudra 

 

A total of 10 marks is assigned for the project presentation and 20 marks is assigned for the report (due on the last day of the semester). 

 

Module 9 is on the making (to be held on November 20, 2009 at Seminar Room 03):

Globalization and its impact on sustainable development.

  

Module 10 is on the making (to be held on November 27, 2009 at Seminar Room 03):

Information and communication technology and its impact on sustainable development.

 

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Sustainable Development Project Report Guidelines:    

Project report submission: Project reports in their final form are accepted until the last day of the semester. A softcopy must be emailed to rshanthini@pdn.ac.lk or admin@rshanthini.com in *.doc format, and a hardcopy must be deposited in my letter box.

Marks Assigned: A maximum of 20 marks is assigned for the project report.

Format: Format of the report is entirely of your choice. However, formal referencing to the sources referred to is very important. Your writing should be short and snappy (that is, to the point) and factual. Sentences must be properly formed with absolutely no spelling mistakes. A sample report is made available for your information. Keep in mind that word to word reproduction of material available elsewhere will disqualify you in the CP551 project component.

Information to be provided in the CP551 Project Report:

The report (about 2000 to 4000 words) should contain clear statements on

·        the system studied (maximum of 2 marks),

·        recommendations made to improve the sustainability of the system studied (maximum of 10 marks)

·        economically, environmentally and socially sustainable features of the improved system (maximum of 3 marks),

·        economically, environmentally and socially unsustainable features of the improved system (maximum of 3 marks), and

·        the references used should be listed at the end of the report following standard format (maximum of 2 marks)

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Sustainable Development Project Presentation Assessment Sessions:    

·        A maximum of 10 marks is assigned for the project report.

·        Student gets 20 minutes to present his project and about 10 to 15 minutes to defend it.

·        The socially, economically and ecologically sustainable and unsustainable features of the system studied and of the recommendations made should be clearly presented during the presentation.

·        All CP551 students are expected to be present during the presentation assessment sessions.

·        One question in the CP551 examination would be based on the discussions taking place during the said sessions.

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updated on October 30, 2009