Total annual municipal solid waste generation in the U.S. has increased by 65% since 1980.
The Center for Sustainable Systems has created several sets of teaching resources that can be used to support education surrounding sustainability concepts. These outlines and PowerPoints were created with a post secondary education audience in mind.
Overview of Major Environmental Sustainability Issues
This set of PowerPoint® modules provide a high-level overview of the major environmental and resource challenges facing society in the 21st century and beyond. These resources were developed in conjunction with the University of Michigan College of Engineering and DaimlerChrysler provided financial support to make these resources available electronically.
Each module consists of a set of PowerPoint® slides, including a table of contents. A set of notes describing each slide is also provided (visible by using the Notes Page feature on the View menu of PowerPoint®).
Environmental Law: Exploring the Influence on Engineering Design
This set of resources is a detailed, quick-reference guide for the legislative frameworks governing engineering design and decision making. Developed in conjunction with the University Of Michigan College Of Engineering, they complement "A Chemical Engineer's Guide to Environmental Law and Regulation" produced by the former National Pollution Prevention Center. These resources are useful for a variety of disciplines beyond engineering.
- Section I: A Structural Overview of Environmental Law.
- Section II: Environmental Laws: Federal Statutes, International Treaties, and Common Law
- Section III: The Influence of Environmental Laws on Design
- Section IV: Beyond Compliance
1-2 page summaries of major environmental laws:
|Clean Air Act||12.73 KB|
|Clean Water Act||10.21 KB|
|Resource Conservation and Recovery Act||10.54 KB|
|Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act||11.87 KB|
|Toxic Substances Control Act||10.29 KB|
|Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act||11.9 KB|
|National Environmental Policy Act||11.54 KB|
|Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act||11.42 KB|
|Occupational Health and Safety Act||10.35 KB|
|Pollution Prevention Act||10.27 KB|
The Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) is an evolution of the National Pollution Prevention Center for Higher Education (NPPC) which was created in 1991 by a US EPA competitive grant between 28 colleges and universities. The NPPC collaborated with faculty from a wide range of disciplines across campus and with other leading programs throughout the U.S. to develop teaching materials on pollution prevention in 13 compendia. Note that the name change to CSS has not been incorporated into the NPPC documents.