Dr. Helen Muga Co-Edits Second Textbook

June 02, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio — University of Mount Union professor Dr. Helen Muga has co-edited another textbook.

Muga, assistant professor of civil engineering, co-edited the “Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for Sustainable Development” with Dr. Ken Thomas, professor at Auburn University. It was published by IGI Global in March 2014 and is the second book they have co-edited. Muga and Thomas previously co-edited “Cases on Diffusion and Adoption of Sustainable Development Practices.”

The textbook brings together case study examples in the fields of sustainability, sustainable development and education for sustainable development. This book will be an essential reference for educators, teachers, trainers at all levels of education, sustainable development practitioners, education policy makers and the public at large.

“Sustainability is related to practices that reduce our impact on the environment and society,” Muga said. “Where engineering is concerned, sustainable engineering considers the social, environmental and economic aspects of a process, product, technology or activity. As engineers, we consider technical aspects of a product, process or activity, however, we fail to recognize that the social, environmental and economic aspects are just as important. In a global economy where we are interacting with a culturally diverse society, the cultural and political aspects also become important. If we fail to understand that then we have in a way set our products up for failure.”

“It comes back to teaching our students not just engineering but how to design with sustainability in mind and to be better stewards of our environment and society,” Muga said. “In engineering, we teach students a lot of tools they need to go out to practice to be engineers. Sustainable engineering is one of those tools.”

The book is available at http://www.igi-global.com/book/handbook-research-pedagogical-innovations-sustainable/94912 and on Amazon.

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