On behalf of Engineers for a Sustainable World...

  On behalf of Engineers for a Sustainable World,   We would like to wish YOU, the graduating class of 2020, a much-deserved congratulations on your fantastic achievement!   From the very first day you walked into school, wide eyed, full of wonder, and learning EVERYTHING for the first time, you were on a journey. A journey full of discovery and experiences that helped form you into the person you are today, and the person you will become in the future. And indeed, all those long years full of assignments, tests, class schedules, amazing highs and amazing lows, led you to this moment…your long-awaited graduation. But…your graduation is different.   Read more
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Celebrating Earth Day Virtually: 6 Ways to Raise Awareness

  Want to make a lasting impact during the COVID-19 pandemic? How about participating in Earth Day festivities?  While social distancing has moved us inside for a while, we can take this opportunity to celebrate Earth Day virtually, or in the comfort of our home with our laptop or smartphone. Read more
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Engineers for a Sustainable World to Host its First DigitalCon

Pittsburgh, PA — April 10, 2020 — Amid the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW),  a nonprofit network of more than 1,750 college students and professionals throughout 50 university and professional chapters, will host a DigitalCon in replacement for the in-person regional conference and is inviting all university students and professionals to the first ever ESW DigitalCon. The event will take place on April 18, 2020. Read more
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6 Sustainable Things To Do While Staying Safe at Home

  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make its rounds throughout the globe, people are finding it increasingly difficult to focus their attention on anything other than the virus. Still, there are existing issues, like sustainability, that you may still be concerned about. To help you keep your carbon footprint small, even during the coronavirus pandemic, we put together a short list of things you can do to make your home more sustainable. Read more
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Engineers for a Sustainable World: Millennials Leading the Way

  Often, the members of the Millennials generation are maligned for not working hard enough to create the changes they wish to see in the world. However, some of the youngest members of the generation are working with an organization called Engineers for a Sustainable World to develop and implement sustainability projects. The bold initiatives they are implementing at their individual universities are the students’ first steps towards becoming a new generation of engineers that have a developed mindset towards sustainability. Read more
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PROJECT OF THE MONTH: Stanford Repair Cafe

We are excited to revamp our Project of the Month series where we highlight projects from our student chapters to show off the amazing initiatives taking place at their respective campuses. This month we are highlighting Stanford University's Repair Cafe! "Repair Café is an international project [striving] to reduce waste by bringing people together to fix broken items for free. [The] goal is to bring together people with technical skills, “fixers,” and people who need repairs [and offers] apprenticeships to those interested in learning skills of their own and providing a community for fixers who return time after time to volunteer their skills." Since conception in 2016, Repair Cafe has helped "divert around 60 items each school quarter from being thrown away, making this event both a service and a learning experience." Read more
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Build Day Program: Building a Sustainable Community One Day at a Time

Happy New Year, everyone! Though, this post is twenty-four days late, it’s better late than never. Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) would like to kick of the new year with a shout out to its subsidiary group - Build Day. Since its launch in 2017, Build Day, a national initiative created by ESW, has executed more than five projects across the country. Build Day involves the cooperation of community members and students who work together to create more sustainable communities with one-day builds. From solar tabletop gardens to rainwater irrigation systems, it’s amazing what the ESW community can accomplish in a little over a year! How can we accomplish so much from one-day project builds? Build Day has a formidable force of 263 volunteers across the country. These individuals are student engineers and members of the community who help construct designated projects. Students come up with feasible projects that will benefit the community and improve its sustainability and resilience against climate change. Once the students create a blueprint for their ideas, they find suitable partnerships with community members and organizations and kick-start the Build Day project cycle.   Why We Need Programs Like Build Day Engineers are vital to solving some of today's and tomorrow's biggest engineering challenges, such as climate change and problems with infrastructure. These issues can be addressed by technically-minded groups such as engineers. However, many educational institutions fall short of preparing engineers to solve big, messy problems because the problems often involve ethical, social, and economic realities that can't be replicated in the classroom. The overall goal of Build Day is to create engineers who are better equipped to tackle large social problems and who understand their ethical responsibilities as technical experts. Designing solutions for complex problems goes beyond the rigid technical framework taught in textbooks or tested in labs. A clear gap exists between designing engineering projects and what communities need. Any project, no matter how complex the challenge it is designed for, is always deeply rooted in a rich cultural history, political and economic contexts, and intrinsic social and power structures. Our unique approach is to partner student engineering teams with community organizations while inviting the community to participate directly in the design and build process. In doing so, we will train students to consider social justice with every project they design and build, and to consider how these projects can impact marginalized low-socioeconomic communities. Just as the people who design and build solutions for communities, the people within those communities become equally responsible for the effects of a project—whether those effects are beneficial or disruptive—when they are included in the planning process. Therefore, having student engineers and community leaders work side-by-side is crucial to building a better world that's more sustainable, resilient, and socially equitable and responsible.   What the Build Day Program Achieved in 2019 Project 1) What: A rainwater collection project that resulted in an irrigation system with a 930-gallon reservoir. The reservoir enables urban farmers at First Market Farm to use rainwater year-round. Who: Rochester Institute of Technology ESW student chapter working with The First Market Farm. The event was sponsored by the Rochester Area Community Foundation in collaboration with Taproot Collective. When: April 14, 2019 Where: Rochester, NY Project 2) What: Ten eco-friendly planters for the garden for the main entrance and inside Ithaca Children’s Garden. The live demonstrations served as an opportunity to educate and encourage the community to learn more about renewable energy. Who: Cornell University ESW student chapter working with Ithaca Children’s Garden. The event was sponsored by New Belgium When: April 27, 2019 Where: Ithaca, NY Project 3) What: Multiple rain gardens built in the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation center. Who: Pittsburgh University ESW student chapter for the community of Oakland. The event was sponsored by New Belgium. When: September 23, 2019 Where: Pittsburgh, PA   Building Forward in 2020 The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, which funds undergraduate and graduate studies and provides financial support related to building, engineering, and design, has awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Build Day program. This money will enable students who want to partake in Build Day 2020 to execute their sustainable projects and ideas for their local communities. For more information, please visit Buildday.org
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Pitt under pressure to make its $4.3 billion endowment fossil-fuel free

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ESW-URI's Hydroponics System Named Project of the Month

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UTEP hosted 2019 Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference

The University of Texas at El Paso hosted more than 250 professors, researchers, students and other enthusiasts of environmental sustainability from throughout the world at the 2019 Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference. Read the El Paso Herald-Post's coverage here.
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