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Introduction to Green Engineering (APPEL-GREEN)


  • Systems Engineering & Engineering
    Systems Engineering & Engineering

This course provides an introduction to the topic of green engineering, a tool for reducing the environmental impact of products, processes, and systems and making them more sustainable. From a NASA perspective, green engineering is an engineering best practice that considers environmental impacts as another design risk for mission success.

This course is designed as graduate-level seminar for engineers, scientists, project managers, and others who design products, processes, or systems and want to understand, quantify, and reduce the associated environmental impacts.

Technical Areas Addressed
  • Systems thinking
  • Sustainability
  • Green engineering
  • Environmental impacts
  • Environmental risk management
  • Incorporating environmental issues into decision frameworks
  • Life-cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Chemical toxicology
  • Biomimicry

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APPEL Library Resource

NASA Galaxie Library NASA Galaxie Library
All supplemental resources are NASA accessible only unless otherwise noted.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and communicate NASA engineering challenges with respect to environmental impacts as well as future risks, requirements, and potential solutions.
  • Explain the different phases for a product, process, or system over the entire life cycle and give examples of potential environmental impacts and risks in each.
  • Describe and apply basic life-cycle assessment (LCA) techniques for engineering projects.
  • Develop an inventory of inputs/outputs for products/processes/systems.
  • Develop a simple streamlined LCA template for use in their job function.
  • Identify best practices and resources for continued learning and application of sustainability principles to NASA projects.
  • Employ environmentally conscious designs, materials selection, and manufacturing techniques—enhanced through interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Design and develop materials, products, processes, hardware, and systems that are inherently safer, generate less waste, and use energy efficiently.
  • Practice minimizing impacts associated with environmentally-driven risks, especially through an understanding of policies, regulations, and other external requirements (U.S. and international).
  • Use available green engineering and sustainability tools and resources, along with NASA expertise, within system design and development efforts.
  • Explain their role in fostering a sustainability culture within NASA.