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“We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all”.Wangari Maathai

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“There has been a concerning lack of progress on embedding sustainability within higher education engineering education. In 1994, an international workshop of educators from the Asia Pacific region was convened in New Zealand to examine ‘Fundamentals of Environmental Education in Engineering Education’. One of the conclusions of the workshop was that all engineers needed to be environmentally educated so they understood the issues involved in sustainable development and cleaner production. Beyond this, there was a need for perhaps a quarter of the profession to have a greater breadth of knowledge and additional skills in the handling of generality and complexity. What was needed, according to the workshop, was a holistic approach, a clear vision of system functioning, appropriate attitudes, skills and knowledge, systems skills, interaction skills, broad knowledge in specific areas, and exposure to significant issues (Elms and Wilkinson 1995)”