With sustainability growing in importance to civil engineering, ASCE has made it one of three strategic priorities for the Society, helping professionals to incorporate sustainability principles into their daily practice. As the stewards of society's infrastructure, civil engineers must take the lead in applying sustainability to planning, design, and construction.
ASCE defines sustainability as: 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.
ASCE provides the resources and programs civil engineers need to lead as sustainable and innovative problem solvers. Since 1996, the Society has formally recognized civil engineers’ obligation to practice sustainability by making it part of its Code of Ethics. We demonstrate our commitment to sustainable practice through our public policy statements, technical codes and standards, and in our global leadership and contributions to organizations such as the World Federation of Engineering Organizations.
Whether you want to broaden your practice or develop the depth of knowledge that establishes you as a sustainable infrastructure professional, ASCE offers the courses, conferences and certifications you need to increase your sustainability knowledge.
Innovation in Sustainable Civil Engineering Award
Since 2011, ASCE has honored a civil engineering project annually for its inspirational applications of sustainability with the Innovation in Sustainable Civil Engineering award. Nominate one for the next award.
EnvisionTM Rating System
Envision measures the sustainability of an infrastructure project from design though construction and maintenance. Design teams and project owners use it to set and achieve sustainability goals, adopt and implement effectively sustainable choices, and help set standards for others to follow. The ratings system is administered by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, which was founded in 2010 by ASCE in partnership with the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Public Works Association.
Found in the ASCE Roundup, “Sustainable Engineering” shares recent developments and discussion topics, highlighting projects and innovations that embrace the sustainability “triple bottom line” – environmental, economic, and social conditions – thereby enhancing quality of life for all of society.