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Design for sustainability with ASME

Foster a sustainability mindset with this module from ASME and Autodesk.


Module overview

Sustainability is the practice of using resources in a way that preserves the environment and supports society, while ensuring economic viability for generations to come. To advance sustainability in design and engineering, we must consider how to foster a sustainability mindset in our design and make process. Understanding a product’s lifecycle, including materials, resources, and manufacturing processes, is linked to ethics and the responsible criteria we set for our designs.

In this module, you’ll learn: 

  • What sustainability is and why it matters.
  • How to have a mindset for sustainability as an engineer.
  • What the “Triple Bottom Line” is and why it matters.
  • How value chain and supply chains impact our environment.
  • The impact of product lifecycle on design solutions.
  • How to use product lifecycle tools.
  • What the “systems approach” is and why it matters.
  • Ethical considerations and dilemmas.
  • What microplastics are and design factors to consider when removing them.

ASME and Autodesk have partnered to develop this module to promote Industry 4.0 skills in design and manufacturing. This is the first in a series of self-paced modules to prepare students with sustainability skills for the design and make process. Learn more about Industry 4.0 and get insights from industry leaders in the 2023 State of Design & Make from Autodesk

About the partner

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) mission is to advance engineering for the benefit of humanity. 

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Module outline

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Teaching supplements

Resources just for educators

Teach this module in the classroom. Teaching supplements include: 

  • 1 instructor guide
  • 1 faculty slide deck
  • 1 student slide deck

What's included in the instructor guide?

Download the instructor guide as a teaching resource. We’ve summarized this module so you can familiarize yourself before delivering in the classroom or as homework. You'll also find relevant Fusion curriculum available from Autodesk to support projects and practical application of the skills in this module. 

What's included in the slides?

You'll find faculty and student lecture slides that mirror the videos in this module. The faculty slides are great for teachers who prefer to deliver lectures, including discussion prompts and additional visuals to support concept delivery. The student slides cover core concepts and work well for individual assignments, group work, or study.

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