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Materials and Sustainable Development

  • ID: 2986233
  • Book
  • January 2015
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

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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  1. The Concept of Sustainable Development
  2. What is a Sustainable Development?
  3. Assessing Sustainable Developments
  4. Tools, Prompts and Methods
  5. Material Risk
  6. Introduction to Case Studies
  7. Scaling up Biopolymer Production
  8. Wind farms
  9. Electric cars
  10. Bamboo as a sustainable building material
  11. Lighting
  12. Extending Product Life
  13. The Circular Materials Economy
  14. Corporate Sustainability and Materials
  15. A database to support Sustainability teaching
  16. Guidance for Instructors and suggestions for further projects
  17. Useful Data and Charts
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Michael F. Ashby Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK.

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.
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