The Conference on Sustainability in Engineering (CSE) is a four-day national conference that brings 200 students from 43 academic institutions together to engage in hands-on learning about sustainability in engineering and their daily lives. Hosted at a different university each year, students are introduced to sustainability initiatives from across Canada and encouraged to apply these learnings in their own communities. CSE provides passionate students with a welcoming environment to network and learn from each other, industry professionals, and academics through hands-on workshops, a case competition, technical talks, and social events.
This conference will allow attendees to place engineering and technology into a broader context that is aware of the social, economic, and colonial forces driving environmental degradation and climate change. It will ask attendees to reflect on how they interact with these forces in their personal and professional lives and the role engineering can play in creating a just world.
The Mindful Engineer
Engineering is a social profession, intertwined with racial capitalism and colonialism. These processes are central to the climate crisis. Engineers must learn how to critically engage with these processes, and understand how their projects may reinforce systemic patterns of violence.
How current development is impacting socio-ecological systems. Teachings on forests, water, land use, biodiversity and how engineering projects interact with these.
People, Places, and
Engineering ideas and global environmental movements touch down in real places with real people. Our conceptions of places and cultures play out in policies and decision making. This has potential to cause or perpetuate violence. This also includes centering Indigenous reconciliation as a primary goal in all of your work. Understanding and fighting for Indigenous environmental justice is key.