As the stewards of society's physical infrastructure, it is incumbent on civil engineers to lead the next shift in sustainable planning, design and construction.
Here's how ASCE defines sustainability:
A set of environmental, economic and social conditions in which all of society has the capacity and opportunity to maintain and improve its quality of life indefinitely without degrading the quantity, quality or availability of natural, economic, and social resources.
Sustainability in the developed and developing world requires scientific and technical innovations to create designs that enable the Earth and its inhabitants to prosper. In 1996, ASCE revised its Code of Ethics to make the principles of sustainable development part of the canon of civil engineering practices.
Policies Relevant to Sustainability
ASCE's Sustainability Action Plan
Committee on Sustainability – Mission and Achievements
2011 ASCE Sustainability Report