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Environmental Engineering Design Project  
Due Date: 2/22/2018
Subject: Environmental Science

Environmental Engineering by Design

Title: Sustainability Plan

Standard SEV5d: Design and defend a sustainability plan to reduce your individual contribution to environmental impacts, taking into account how market forces and societal demands (including political, legal, social, and economic) influence personal choices.

Essential Question: How can we reduce our individual contribution to environmental impacts?

Quiz: Lab grade counts as a both lab and quiz grade

Lab: Design and defend a sustainability plan to reduce your individual contribution to environmental impacts, taking into account how market forces and societal demands (including political, legal, social, and economic) influence personal choices.

Background:

The public has undertaken a program to improve the energy efficiency of all existing structures. You are asked to pick one structure of an existing building, infrastructure, or product and focus on one or two particular inefficient energy features such as exit doors. You are asked to access the current energy use, develop redesigns of components or operations that substantially improve energy efficiency and predict the energy savings and economics of these new designs. The new concepts should be an outstanding sustainable design that is also financially sound.


 

What is Your Job?

            As the environmental engineer, you are asked to select a structure and propose and assess innovative building designs, technologies and operating schemes that will yield sustainability. You should first collect basic information about the features you want to address. Some of this information might be available on the internet. In addition, you should develop general designs and technologies for the building, infrastructure, and/or product and describe their importance. Next, you will evaluate the behavior of the proposed schemes and refine your designs.

Students should work on this project in lab groups and produce a written lab report in their lab notebooks. The report should indicate the contribution of each student. This report should be the assessment of the proposed scheme and additional concepts that you propose. The report should include all components of a normal lab notebook.

The grade for this project is equivalent to a test grade.

How Your Design Will Be Graded:

·       Clarity and thoroughness of the report (1 point)

·       Originality (1 point)

·       Practicality (1 point)

·       Punctuality (1 point; you lose 0.25 points for everyday that it is late)

·       Professional Dress (BONUS points = 0.5 points)

Some suggestions for design projects

·       Revolving doors vs swing doors vs double doors

·       Building a sustainable, Earth-friendly bridge

·       Remodeling academic buildings such as schools, playgrounds, etc.

·       Sustainable fashion design

·       Your suggestions?

On the day of your presentation, you will submit three things:

1.    Your Lab Notebook

a.     Title

b.    Objective

                                                    i.     What environmental problem are you trying to solve? This is what will determine your objective

c.     Materials needed for your design project

d.    Procedure or Plan

                                                    i.     A diagram on how your finished project will look

e.     Data

                                                    i.     This should be a table showing how much everything will cost

f.      Calculations

                                                    i.     This should include the total cost of the project

g.     Results and Discussion

                                                    i.     Answer this one question: How will your project improve society?

2.    A small model or prototype of your proposed design

a.     Model may be constructed of ANYTHING – Legos, shoeboxes, newspaper, a bicycle, etc. – that is SAFE, will fit inside the classroom, and will not consume much space.

b.    During Lab Day, we will use computers to search for design ideas to guide you.

3.    A PowerPoint Presentation with three slides

a.     Overview

                                                    i.     Slide showing where the project will be built, what the project is, the size of it, and its total cost

b.    Design for Sustainability

                                                    i.     Slide listing THREE things about this project that makes it sustainable

c.     Conclusion and Remarks

                                                    i.     Slide showing why the public will be happy with your decision


Five Suggestions on Making this Project a Success:

1.    Distribute roles throughout the lab group IMMEDIATELY

a.     Before starting anything, figure out what each person feels comfortable doing, and let him/her handle that role.

 

2.    Start TODAY!

a.     If you wait until the day before the due date, you will fail – hands down. And remember: this is a project for the entire public. Be proactive for them!

 

3.    Take your time

a.     Do not rush through this. This is for the public.

 

4.    Go in order: Lab notebook à Small model à PowerPoint Presentation

 

5.    Have fun!