Manufacturing and the Science of Sustainability
Author(s)Gutowski, Timothy G.
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A new area, called Sustainability Science, is engaging large system scientists to address the challenges that face the future of human society on planet earth. In this paper, the methods and frameworks of diverse disciplines are reviewed and compared with those of the manufacturing community. The results show significant differences between disciplines, including the level of urgency expressed. Synthesizing these divergent viewpoints, this paper makes suggestions for needed research on “sustainable manufacturing”. The main message is that manufacturing needs to significantly increase the boundaries of its analysis to be able to understand its effect at the global scale.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Glocalized Solutions for Sustainability in Manufacturing
Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
Gutowski, Timothy G. "Manufacturing and the Science of Sustainability." Chapter in Glocalized Solutions for Sustainability in Manufacturing: Proceedings of the 18th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, May 2nd - 4th, 2011. Editors: Jürgen Hesselbach, Christoph Herrmann. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, c2011.
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