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Socially Responsible Engineering: Justice in Risk Management

Socially Responsible Engineering: Justice in Risk Management

Daniel A. Vallero, P. Aarne Vesilind

ISBN: 978-0-471-78707-5

Sep 2006

384 pages

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The only guide to understanding ethical challenges in engineering projects from both a technical and a social perspective



What does it mean to be a "good" engineer, planner, or design professional in the ethical sense? Technical professionals must make daily decisions which impact upon the quality of life of those who live near the facilities, plants, structures, and thoroughfares they design, and in the cities and communities they plan and build. The questions of where these projects are built, who they are to serve, and how they will affect those who live near them are at the heart of Socially Responsible Engineering. Written from the perspective of the engineer, this new resource from two leading engineering authors is essential to professionals and students who must grapple with how solutions to engineering problems impact the people those solutions are meant to serve.

The first book of its kind to focus on the environmental implications of engineering ethics and justice, Socially Responsible Engineering provides a wealth of tools for evaluating projects from an ethical perspective and properly assessing the inherent risk to communities affected by engineering projects. This thorough book provides a historical and philosophical foundation of environmental justice, as well as:
* Case studies highlighting real-world concepts of environmental justice
* Practical examples of investigations, resolutions when possible, and questions for further debate
* Biographical sketches of key scientists, engineers, and activists who have contributed to our growing sense of environmental justice

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Foreword.

Preface.

1 And Justice for All.

2 Moral Justification for Environmental Justice.

3 Justice and the Engineering Profession.

4 Direct Risks to Human Health and Welfare.

5 Indirect Risks to Human Health and Welfare.

6 Green Engineering.

7 Environmental Justice Reconsidered.

Appendix 1: Physicochemical Properties Important in Hazard Identification of Chemical Compounds.

Appendix 2: Radiative Forcing and Global Warming.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

  • The only book to focus on environmental concerns within the area of ethics and the role of the engineer in the broader community
  • Provides the student and engineer with tools for evaluating the impact of their plans and judging the effects of their decisions
  • Dozens of case studies highlight real world problems of environmental justice, providing the reader with practical examples of investigations, and often resolution, and questions for further debate
  • Dozens of biographical sketches throughout the book introduce key scientists, engineers and activists who have contributed to our growing sense of environmental justice