Motivations of program partners for environmental sustainability and persistence of benefits

Ayna Kekilova, Bruce I. Dvorak, Robert Williams

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It is becoming more common for sustainability-related engineering classes to engage in various forms of service and project learning activities that provide assistance to partners. However, few efforts have examined the relationship between the types of partners and the motivations for implementation of the sustainability recommendations to provide a larger context to students. The partners in pollution prevention program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln completed an analysis of past partners and found that those in the manufacturing sector were more likely to provide direct financial savings justifications for pollution prevention and sustainability implementation, whereas the public institutions and other businesses were more likely to also cite social factors. An analysis of implemented recommendations found that there was a wide variation in implementation rates and the frequency with which benefits persisted beyond one year for different categories of implemented recommendations. For example, preventative maintenance recommendations had the highest rate of implementation and persistence of benefits, whereas off-site recycling recommendations had a relatively low rate of benefit persistence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberC4014003
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Decision making
  • Education-practice interchange
  • Engineering education
  • Pollution
  • Project learning
  • Recycling
  • Service learning
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable education
  • Waste management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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