Academics and Research
As a technical institution, WPI is responsible for educating future scientists and engineers to become leaders in their workplaces and communities. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) uses the following definitions to recognize sustainability in the curriculum:
- Sustainability-Focused courses place a strong emphasis on questions of sustainability connected to many or all aspects of the course curriculum.
- Sustainability-Related courses incorporate smaller aspects into the course work or simply focus on one sustainability principle.
WPI submits sustainability course data to be evaluated by the AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating Survey (STARS) - viewable here - which is used each year by the Princeton Review Green Colleges survey and Sierra Club Cool Schools survey. For the 2015-2016 school year, WPI offered 149 courses involving sustainability and that number is growing.
Sustainability is integrated into every aspect of our lives. Whether you are designing a more wind resistant airplane foil, creating a flexible prosthetic for an amputee patient, or analyzing grey water applications, you will need to know about sustainable materials and practices. Not only will the preservation of better livelihoods play a part in your workplace, but it will be an important part of your life.