Engineering has broad environmental, social and economic impacts. In fact, every day engineers and scientists make technical decisions which have significant impact on the environment. These decisions can either move us in the direction of sustainability or contribute to the growing problems. Application of the principles of Green Engineering is considered a new paradigm that allows for the incorporation of the concept of sustainability and the application of science and design solutions to problems created by conventional engineering.
Green Engineering can be defined as environmentally conscious attitudes, values, and principles, combined with science, technology and innovation directed towards improving local and global environmental quality. It is the design of materials, processes, systems and devices with the objective of minimising overall environmental impact over the entire life cycle whilst meeting required performance, economic and societal constraints.
The study of CAPE Green Engineering will therefore enable students to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to sustain the natural environment. It will provide students with a suite of tools to improve their approach to, and effectiveness at, solving real world problems. Students will develop their creativity and innovative skills which are especially important in today’s society and will undoubtedly have an influence on future generations. This course of study will enable students to apply Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) principles to improve their environment at the local, regional and global levels. This inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary course of study will contribute to a Caribbean person who is empowered to finding solutions to current and future environmental problems. The study of Green Engineering will enhance quality of life for present and future generations, while providing wealth creation through new and innovative job opportunities and other economic possibilities including entrepreneurship. By pursuing this course, students will develop twenty-first century engineering skills and ethics required for sustainable development. The syllabus is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and competencies that are required for further studies, as well as for the world of work.
Moreover, based on the attributes of the Ideal Caribbean Person as articulated by CARICOM, this course of study in CAPE® Green Engineering can contribute to the development of a Caribbean person who is aware of living in harmony with the environment; demonstrates a positive work ethic, multiple literacies, independent and critical thinking, questions the practices of past and present and brings this to bear on the innovative application of science and technology to problem solving; and values and displays the creative imagination in its various manifestations and nurtures its development in economic and entrepreneurial spheres in all other areas of life. With reference to the UNESCO Pillars of Learning, the study of Green Engineering will contribute to a person who will learn to know, learn to do, learn to live together, learn to be and learn to transform themselves and society.