Welcome to the OpenCourseWare (OCW) on INDUSTRIAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND CLEANER PRODUCTION (IRM&CP) organized by UNESCO-IHE. In this course, you will immerge yourself in a topic of increasing local, regional, national and international importance: WATER and RESOURCES. Water is considered to become increasingly scarce because of increasing usage and increasing levels of pollution of the used water. Resources are important because these are materials, we humans deal with everyday; essentially, these also include services, staff, assets, among others, that are transformed to produce benefit(s) to the society.
This OCW deals: (i) one hand with methodologies that assist in assessing and quantifying environmental impacts and in bringing about environmental improvement and (ii) on the other hand the course discusses reasons for water quality deterioration and remediation opportunities.
This OCW is to bring about a different way of thinking, focusing on conservation in general and on dealing with water intelligently in particular. This way of thinking will benefit you for the rest of your life.
Units and forum discussion(s)
The Industrial Resource Management and Cleaner Production course consists of a number of units and sub-units (~15). Each unit consists of a combination of reading, viewing and study materials. Moreover, in most units you will be challenged to engage yourself in a forum discussion and provide your feedback on the topic to other participants following this course (included only after enrollment in the paid/regular version of this online course)
Your course mentor
In the regular version of this OLC, you will be guided through by a course coordinator. The general coordination and responsibility for this OCW is with Eldon R. Rene, (firstname.lastname@example.org), staff member of UNESCO-IHE. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras, India. He has 7 years of post-doctoral research experience on topics pertaining to air pollution control, eco-industrial parks and wastewater treatment systems. Eldon will regularly check the course activities and requirements of this open course.
Last but not least, your mentors wish you a successful, pleasant and rewarding study time with us through this open course on IRM&CP.
Eldon R. Rene, PhD
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Department of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology
PO Box 3015
2601 DA Delft