Sustainable Engineering

To prevent extreme weather events like the bushfires we’ve seen in Australia and now California, as well as rising sea levels, warmer temperatures and the depletion of food and water, we must rethink how we use our natural resources.

Sustainable engineering is a field dedicated to delivering low-energy design projects in the built environment. It focuses on finding ways that promote sustainable models of production and consumption, and has diverse applications in all areas of life. 

In this episode, Tom is joined by Professor Michele John and Associate Professor Wahidul Biswas. Michele is Director of the Sustainable Engineering Group at Curtin and Wahidul is an Associate Professor in Curtin’s School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering.

  • What is sustainable engineering? [01:10]
  • Current sustainable engineering projects [03:00]
  • What will happen if we don’t embrace sustainable engineering? [05:46]
  • Can developing nations afford to embrace sustainable engineering? [07:40]
  • Is sustainable engineering expensive? [09:40]
  • What are some of the roadblocks? [12.20]
  • Could Australia become a world leader in this space? [13:50]
  • What can individuals do? [16:40]

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You can read the full transcript for the episode here.