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Environment – Sustainability – Governance (ESG)

The 1987 United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Today, sustainability is recognized as a pervasive engineering challenge that entwines the economy, society and the environment. Sustainability is requiring a new engineering perspective that embraces engineering at every scale from nanoparticles to complex global systems. Many Canadian universities now offer courses and programs addressing many aspects of sustainable engineering.

The CAE will provide an engineering perspective that includes respect for the environment, climate change adaptation and mitigation, leadership as a responsible resource economy, the future of energy, the evolution of our built environment, our opportunities and obligations as a maritime nation and good governance of our technical industries.

At the CAE, ESG is a priority that cuts across all our programs. Learn more about our programs throughout this site.

ESG: An Engineering Perspective – Yves Beauchamp

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