The Sustainable Engineering Challenge
Engineers take ideas and turn them into reality, using science, maths, and imagination. Engineers use their problem-solving skills to improve the world around us. Engineers are important for sustainable development.
Have you heard about the The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG). These goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. Engineers are key to help achievemany of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals..
Today we took the Sustainable Engineering Challenge and matched the ways engineers are helping achieve the UN SDGS .
Engineers design more sustainable ways of helping us move around, such as more space for us to walk and cycle safely. This reduces emissions and makes our roads safer.
Engineers design ways to source renewable energy such as hydropower (dams), wind (wind turbines) and solar (solar panels). This helps us use less fossil fuels.
Engineers design ways to clean our water, such as a wastewater treatment plant. This helps us to keep our waters clean, such as the water at our beaches as clean as possible.
Engineers can use natural materials like timber, and include more green spaces such as parks and trees in communities
Engineers are tracking the amount of plastic waste in our oceans, and how that is going to hurt our marine life. They create ways to stop plastic from entering our waterways in the first place.
Engineers and agricultural engineers help make new and more sustainable machinery, and also newways to protect our soil and crops, reduce greenhouse gasses and more.