Presentation of the theoretical, historical and legislative framework for environmental impact assessment (EIA). Detailed description of procedures and preconditions for environmental licensing with emphasis on civil and environmental engineering applications. Evaluation of environmental impacts and life cycle analysis. Detailed presentation of the stages of environmental impact studies (EIS). Split class into 4-person study groups. Undertaking and elaboration of an actual EIS for a real-world project with a written deliverable (the actual EIS as submitted to the licensing authority) and a final oral EIS presentation and course exam.
|1||Introduction||Sustainable development and environmental policy. Environmental policy dimensions and evaluation of relations, positive and negative, between the proposed project or facility and the environment.||1Χ3=3|
|2||Environmental Licensing||Impact categories, impact assessment, decision making, response and monitoring measures, principles of environmental law, legal framework, environmental impact assessment, assessment methodology, Environmental Impact Studies (EIS) content, environmental permitting process, EIS assessment criteria, environmental approval and licensing.||1Χ3=3|
|3||Calculation of Impact-Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)||Empirical Methods, Leopold Tables, Measurement of Specific Parameters and Indicators, Overlapping Method, Impact List Method, Network Method, Battelle Index System. LCA purpose, life cycle stages, LCA methodologies, applications||1Χ3=3|
|4||Presentation Of Waste Management Case Study||Legislation - institutional guidelines for solid waste management, basic principles of cyclical economy, waste production and stages of urban waste management, management hierarchy, environmental impacts, alternative technological approaches, siting. EIS case study for a landfill, location and history, waste management plan, operation description & waste data, output data (biogas - leachate), field measurements.||2Χ3=6|
|5||Elaboration of EIA for real technical work||Upon completion of the theoretical lectures, class is split into 4-person study groups, where each group undertakes a real-world project, aiming at the preparation of an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) under the close supervision of a professor with technical expertise in the specific project area. Projects are mostly large infrastructure projects (waste management, transportation, water resources, energy, marine and coastal, etc.). The implementation of the project is based on the material collected and/or provided to the members of the OM, the course specific guidelines (posted on the website) and the supervisor's guidelines. Groups meet regularly with the supervisor to present their progress and discuss/resolve any arising issues all the way to project completion. Project completion entails the preparation of the final course deliverable, the actual EIS as submitted to the licensing authority.||8Χ3=21|
Upon successful course completion students will be able to:
Have an adequate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical, historical and legal environmental impact frameworks.
Have an adequate knowledge and understanding of the necessity, different processes and preconditions of environmental licensing for civil and environmental engineering works.
Apply different environmental impact assessment and pertinent life cycle analysis methodologies.
Appreciate and comprehend the importance of circular economy and sustainability considerations in civil works.
Conduct, effectively present and be able to defend as a team a real-case environmental impact assessment study for selected civil works projects.
|Teaching methods||Class lectures. Group meetings with the project supervisor.|
|Teaching media||Blackboard and power-point presentations.|
|Computer and software use||Use of databases (Filotis, GEODATA, GSA, Corine, Natura, etc.) for environmental impact assessment|
|Assignments (projects, reports)||An Environmental Impact Study (EIS) with a project deliverable and a presentation.|