Materials And Sustainable Development by Michael F. AshbyMaterials And Sustainable Development by Michael F. Ashby

Materials And Sustainable Development

byMichael F. AshbyEditorMichael F. Ashby

Paperback | January 14, 2015

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This book, from noted materials selection authority Mike Ashby, provides a structure and framework for analyzing sustainable development and the role of materials in it. The aim is to introduce ways of exploring sustainable development to readers in a way that avoids simplistic interpretations and approaches complexity in a systematic way. There is no completely "right" answer to questions of sustainable development instead, there is a thoughtful, well-researched response that recognizes concerns of stakeholders, the conflicting priorities and the economic, legal and social aspects of a technology as well as its environmental legacy. The intent is not to offer solutions to sustainability challenges but rather to improve the quality of discussion and enable informed, balanced debate.



  • Winner of a 2016 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association
  • Describes sustainable development in increasingly detailed progression, from a broad overview to specific tools and methods
  • Six chapter length case studies on such topics as biopolymers, electric cars, bamboo, and lighting vividly illustrate the sustainable development process from a materials perspective
  • Business and economic aspects are covered in chapters on corporate sustainability and the "circular materials economy"
  • Support for course use includes online solutions manual and image bank
Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UKMike Ashby is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier's top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Mater...
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Title:Materials And Sustainable DevelopmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:January 14, 2015Publisher:Butterworth (trade)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0081001762

ISBN - 13:9780081001769

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Table of Contents

  1. The Concept of Sustainable Development
  2. What is a Sustainable Development?
  3. Assessing Sustainable Developments
  4. Tools, Prompts and Methods
  5. Material Risk
  6. Introduction to Case Studies
  7. Scaling up Biopolymer Production
  8. Wind farms
  9. Electric cars
  10. Bamboo as a sustainable building material
  11. Lighting
  12. Extending Product Life
  13. The Circular Materials Economy
  14. Corporate Sustainability and Materials
  15. A database to support Sustainability teaching
  16. Guidance for Instructors and suggestions for further projects
  17. Useful Data and Charts