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Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award Rules


Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award

The entry deadline for the 2014 award has been extended to July 1. This applies only to the 2014 award. 

This award was established in May 1981 as the Innovation in Engineering Award through an endowment by Arsham Amirikian, Hon.M.ASCE and member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2010, the award was renamed the Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award.

I. The award is known as the Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award.

II. The award may be made annually to an engineering project in recognition of creativity in the form of innovative sustainability. Projects may be any that demonstrate innovation in sustainability.

III. To be eligible for consideration, projects must, first and foremost, demonstrate adherence to the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability. Projects developed or implemented in the six-year period preceding the year of award and not a candidate for the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award are eligible.

IV. The criteria used to evaluate projects are: (a) the extent to which innovative design or construction methods improve economic, social and environmental sustainability; (b) the promise shown by the innovation to extend future developments in sustainability; (c) the degree to which the project extends public understanding of sustainability in construction.

V. Entries for the award should include a rationale statement
describing how the project exemplifies the economic, social and environmental principles of sustainability, the merits and title of the project, a clear description of the innovation in sustainability, the anticipated advantages to be obtained, and a statement of how the sustainable project met the client’s needs.

VI. Each nomination shall also include:
a. Designer’s and client’s names and contact information;
b. The names of others who collaborated and to what extent they collaborated.

VII. The recipient of this award shall be recommended by the Committee on Sustainability to the Executive Committee for final approval. Entries not selected to receive the award may be carried over for reconsideration in the following year provided they remain eligible within the six-year completion period.

VIII. The award shall consist of a trophy.

IX. The descriptive text of the winning project will be transmitted to Engineering for possible editorial treatment.

To nominate submit, in addition to items in V and VI above, the following:

  • A cover letter, signed by the nominator
  • An Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award entry form  
  • Electronic submissions are encouraged to by June 1. Paper submissions are also accepted, in which case one copy of the complete nomination package should be received by the Honors and Awards Program office at the ASCE headquarters: 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20191-4400.