Engineering is a bridge over which humankind passes into nature to understand it, control it, and guide it to its own field of interest and service. In the last two centuries and in parallel to industrial revolution, engineers made significant contributions to well-being of society elevating the standards of living and adding to the comforts of life through introducing new technologies. However, they didn’t pay a proper attention to the negative side of scientific advancements such as contamination of water, degradation of soil, emissions in the air, and climate change. This presentation is about making good decisions by engineers to promote sustainability in use of technology. Sustainability is the balanced pursuit of ecological health, social equity, and economic welfare. It is grounded in an ethical commitment to meet the needs of present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The presentation starts with an overview of some of the most pressing challenges humankind faces today, followed by exploring the three pillars of the ethics of sustainability: the social dimensions, the ecological dimension, and the economic dimensions. Application of the ethics of sustainability to decision making for engineers and scientists are discussed and several strategies used to integrate ethics of sustainability in engineering education are explored.
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