International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) (7th : 2015)

The needs of others : social entrepreneurship versus the profit motive Minster, Mark H.; Brackin, Patricia D.; House, Richard; Mueller-Price, Jenny


In our first-year living-learning community for engineering students who are interested in sustainability, we experience tensions between competing narratives about who and what education for sustainability is for. Our challenge is how to define sustainability in the environment of an engineering education that prizes industrial values like innovation, entrepreneurship, and vocational training. Our solution, so far, is to keep emphasizing the contexts of the engineering problem-solving.

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