This book, from noted materials selection authority Mike Ashby, provides a structure and framework for analyzing sustainable development and the role of materials in it. The aim is to introduce ways of exploring sustainable development to readers in a way that avoids simplistic interpretations and approaches complexity in a systematic way. There is no completely "right" answer to questions of sustainable development - instead, there is a thoughtful, well-researched response that recognizes concerns of stakeholders, the conflicting priorities and the economic, legal and social aspects of a technology as well as its environmental legacy. The intent is not to offer solutions to sustainability challenges but rather to improve the quality of discussion and enable informed, balanced debate.
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- The Concept of Sustainable Development
- What is a Sustainable Development?
- Assessing Sustainable Developments
- Tools, Prompts and Methods
- Material Risk
- Introduction to Case Studies
- Scaling up Biopolymer Production
- Wind farms
- Electric cars
- Bamboo as a sustainable building material
- Extending Product Life
- The Circular Materials Economy
- Corporate Sustainability and Materials
- A database to support Sustainability teaching
- Guidance for Instructors and suggestions for further projects
- Useful Data and Charts
Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK
Mike Ashby is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier's top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also coauthor of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.