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VALDERRAMA, José O; ESPINDOLA, César  y  QUEZADA, Rafael. Carbon Footprint, a Concept that cannot be Absent in Courses of Engineering and Sciences. Form. Univ. [online]. 2011, vol.4, n.3, pp.3-12. ISSN 0718-5006.

The concept of Carbon Footprint is analyzed, its relation to emission of dangerous gases is discussed, and its inclusion in formal undergraduate courses of engineering and sciences is explained. The advances done on this subject by international organizations and companies around the world makes it attractive and necessary to discuss the subject of carbon footprint in university courses. At present, this matter is only treated in elective courses and in some programs of environmental engineering. The paper proposes some forms for motivating students through semester research projects, oral presentations, and written essays. Examples of subjects that can be assigned in undergraduate or graduate courses are provided. It is concluded that being this a wide subject that touches all sectors, the future engineers and scientists mast have the minimum knowledge that allows them to understand the concept and apply it in their professional life.

Palabras clave : carbon footprint; teaching-learning; professional formation; greenhouse gases.

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