Integrating sustainability into engineering education to protect and improve our planet and lives

About EOP

Engineering for One Planet (EOP) is an initiative to transform engineering education to reflect the growing importance of sustainability in all engineering functions. Catalyzed by The Lemelson Foundation and VentureWell — in collaboration with hundreds of sustainability advocates across sectors, geographies, and lived experiences  — EOP seeks to ensure all future engineers across all disciplines learn the fundamental skills and principles of social and environmental sustainability.

The EOP Framework

The EOP Framework is a cornerstone of the EOP initiative, the first of its kind to guide coursework, teaching tools, and student experiences that define what it means to be an engineer who is equipped to protect and improve our planet and our lives. It provides faculty with a vetted menu of competencies aligned to ABET accreditation standards that every graduating engineer, regardless of subdiscipline, needs to acquire to design, code, build, and implement solutions that are socially and environmentally sustainable.

Co-created by a community of hundreds of experts from a range of identities, lived experiences, geographies, and sectors — including academia, industry, nonprofit, government, and philanthropy — the Framework was designed to be widely adaptable and adoptable by engineering faculty and administrators. It was launched in 2020, piloted in 2020-2021, and updated in 2022 to better reflect diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles and topics of social sustainability.

The EOP Community

The EOP initiative mobilizes a growing international community of hundreds of collaborators and advocates who have the expertise and leadership to institute systemic change in engineering education, including stakeholders from academia — including students, faculty, and administrators — industry, philanthropy, government, and nonprofits. Learn about ways to get involved here.

Newsletter: Q1 2023

In our winter 2023 update: Announcing new EOP teaching tools and expanded website; Check out EOP at an event near you; Announcing our new EOP Network Manager; EOP Presentation Toolkit: Be an ambassador; New Findings from EOP Trailblazers: How to Integrate Sustainability Into College Engineering Curricula; “We Are Engineering for One Planet”: Join us as a signatory!

The Lemelson Foundation Awards Grants to Five Universities to Accelerate Environmentally and Socially Conscious Engineering

Five academic institutions representing a geographic mix of public and private universities across the United States have been selected to pilot the Framework for the Engineering for One Planet (EOP) initiative, designed to instill social and environmental principles across all disciplines of engineering education.

ASEE Awards 13 Grants to Support Sustainability in Engineering Education

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) announced the 13 awardees of its Engineering for One Planet Mini-Grants Program (EOP MGP). Teams of educators from diverse engineering programs were each awarded $8,000 to pursue new ways to integrate sustainability into their programs.

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