EME 807
Technologies for Sustainability Systems

4.0. Overview



Over the past three lessons, we looked into different methods and frameworks that can be used for evaluating technologies or technology-dependent systems. Those methods involved both qualitative and quantitative metrics. The main challenge, however, is that there is no unified system of evaluation developed or recommended so far, and we have to be case-sensitive when choosing our path for the evaluation of a particular project. In further lessons, we visit different areas of industry and technology and see how the evaluation approaches are adapted to those specific topics. We will learn from real-life case studies and try to see which of the previously reviewed methods would be applicable for analysis and which would be not. Lesson 4 explores the areas of green chemistry and advanced materials. We will see how the principles of sustainable development are tuned for these areas and what steps are taken to implement them.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • understand and explain the principles of green chemistry;
  • articulate the benefits and obstacles of green chemistry applications;
  • evaluate the promise of alternative chemical technologies;
  • explain the ways the multifunctional materials can impact the technological systems.


Reading materials for this lesson are mostly contained within the course website. The lesson contains multiple links to web resources, and you are alerted to open the most important ones. Some optional reading resources are referenced in blue boxes in the body of the lesson.


If you have any questions while working through this Lesson, please post them to our Message Board forum in Canvas. You can use that space any time to chat about course topics or to ask questions. While you are there, please feel free to post your own responses if you are able to help out a classmate.