Sustainability Engineering

Sustainability engineering (SustE) seeks the development and assessment of technologies, products and services that respond to the necessities of civil society in efficient and renewable ways that minimize adverse impacts on the earth system. Sustainability-engineering goals and tasks are embedded in complex social, environmental, political, and economic systems that require a broader and more integrative approach than has historically been applied. As a consequence of the complexity, diversification, and globalization of human activities, environmental pollution and resources depletion became a threat to human society.

SustE tackles the challenge of monitoring and set-up new technologies and solutions for decomposing and removing harmful "substances" in the environmental compartments atmosphere, water, soil, and biosphere, in order to recover the self-restoring functions of the planet itself, while at the same time proposes new solutions to respond to new and /or extensive needs from society. Minimizing impacts on the environment, optimizing cost-effectiveness and mitigating social impacts are three fundamental components to address in SustE solutions. Our research transcend the traditional boundaries of engineering, crossing different disciplines but nevertheless amenable to analytic tools involving laboratory instrumentation, numerical modeling, statistical and risk analysis and systems engineering. SustE group includes 14 PhD researchers around three main strands: 

(1) Air, water and soil monitoring and analysis, and technologies assessment, devoted to pollution reduction, environmental quality and natural resources preservation, while adopting a system approach to investigate the interactions between anthropogenic activities and environmental systems and resources; 

(2) Sustainable energy modeling, devoted to the generation and analysis of medium to long-term prospective scenarios of energy demand and supply, to anticipate and cope with global problems as climate change and resources depletion, and with local issues as air quality. 

(3) Information and communication technologies, devoted to create a spatially aware society and to empower individuals, thus promoting accessibility, social inclusion and volunteer citizen initiatives in environmental planning and monitoring.