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Case Study: Electric Appliances

"Sustainable development" is a relative term: it is development that moves us from the present state towards a more nearly sustainable state. This case study compares the environmental, economic and social aspects of a local choice: that of hand dryers for the washrooms of a small company. The alternatives - cloth towel, paper towel, slow electric dryer, fast electric dryer - are compared and the reaction of stakeholders (the employees of the company) are explored, using the 5-step method described in the Tool Kit for exploring proposals for sustainable development. Here you can find more information on the 5-step methodology for sustainability assessment of technological proposals (Ashby et al., 2015) and the package with templates and handouts for group work: Teaching Package: Active-learning ToolKit - Sustainable Development

Authors | Institution:
Mike Ashby | Granta Design | 2017
Type | Language | Year:
ZIP | English | 2017
2017, Legislation, Project, Sustainability, Materials, Design, Cost, Processes, Selection,
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