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.

EOP and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

A new EOP brochure details how engineers are uniquely equipped to help achieve the UN’s 17 SDGs.

EOP is at ASEE!

EOP will have a strong presence at the 2024 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon.

EOP Q1 2024 Newsletter

This month, we’ve been celebrating World Engineering Day (March 4) by recognizing the vital role that engineers play in creating a sustainable future.

New Grantees Announced for Engineering for One Planet

Lemelson Foundation funding supports higher education institutions integrating sustainability into engineering.

Engineering for One Planet: A Paradigm Shift for Climate Action and a Sustainable Future

World Engineering Day prompts crucial questions: Can the very ingenuity that defines engineering — the force that builds our world’s cities and puts a world of knowledge in our hands — help pave the path towards a truly sustainable future?

EOP Q3/Q4 2023 Newsletter

As we close out 2023, we’re reflecting on a year of networking and community building — from our second in-person convening to conferences taking Engineering for One Planet across…well, the planet!

The Lemelson Foundation and the U.S. National Science Foundation Partner to Promote Environmental and Social Sustainability in Engineering Education

The Lemelson Foundation recently signed an agreement with the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) aligned with EOP’s goals to amplify and accelerate the integration of sustainability across engineering programs nationally.

ABET and The Lemelson Foundation announce inaugural “Engineering for One Planet (EOP) Innovation in Sustainability Award”

This inaugural award celebrates individuals, programs, or institutional teams who integrate sustainability into ABET-accredited programs.

Engineering Faculty Share Five Ideas on How to Incorporate EOP Framework into Curricula

VentureWell hosted a webinar in September 2023 featuring a panel of five faculty members who shared how they are incorporating the EOP Framework into their 2023-2024 classrooms and programs.

Sustainability in the Future of Design Education – ScienceDirect

This 2023 journal article, Sustainability in the Future of Design Education, includes recommendations for integrating sustainability in design education, including the Engineering for One Planet tools.

Contact Us

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