Approved by the National Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee on February 17, 2009
Approved by the Policy Review Committee on March 6, 2009
Adopted by the Board of Direction on April 23, 2009
First Approved pre-1974
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports growth and development which incorporates appropriate urban scale and form, diversity of land use and good engineering design to achieve a balance between the interests of the individual, the community and the natural and built environments. Community planning should balance community concerns, private initiatives and local, state, and regional planning objectives. Full provision of public and private infrastructure should be concurrent with the growth it supports and should be managed at the lowest appropriate level of government.
Community growth plans should be consistent with the principles of sustainable development as defined by ASCE, supported by a strong institutional framework and by adequate public and private infrastructure. Such plans should support the redevelopment of existing facilities and the use of appropriate technology to improve services and environmental quality.
The Civil Engineer's role is to plan, design and implement the built environment in service to society and in conformance with the principles of sustainable development. Civil Engineers provide leadership in the implementation of vital development and redevelopment plans and new technologies to sustainably support increased populations.
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