The Canadian Academy of Engineering
cae-acg.ca / Programs & Publications

Sustainability

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.

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

Photo illustration of wind turbines and solar array

Share this article