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ASCE & Sustainability

As the stewards of society's physical infrastructure, civil engineers must 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.  

2011 ASCE Sustainability Report

Policies Relevant to Sustainability

ASCE's Sustainability Action Plan

Committee on Sustainability

Policies Related to Sustainability

Sustainability Action Plan

Committee on Sustainability

Bolivian Footbridge Wins 2013 Innovation in Sustainable Civil Engineering Award

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A new cable-supported pedestrian bridge in a remote area of the Andes in South America, built with local labor and materials, is ASCE's winner of the 2013 Innovation in Sustainable Civil Engineering Award. Learn how the Chari Chari, Bolivia, Cable Supported Footbridge has vastly enhanced quality of life in a region where children and adults once walked miles out of their way each day to find a safe point to cross a dangerous, frequently flooded river.

Get Involved in ASCE Activities

Help promote sustainability via local ASCE groups or through our national efforts. 

Guidelines for Sections, Branches and Student Chapters 
The Sacramento and National Capital Sections are among those which have launched their own sustainability initiatives.

Engineers Forum on Sustainability 


3 Ways to Get Involved Now

Sustainability workshop icon•  Help showcase sustainable projects – submit a worthy one for inclusion in our library of sustainability profiles
    Fill in a brief online form
    Visit the library of profiles

•  Make the case at the local level by launching an initiative that attracts community attention
    Guidelines and examples

•  Become an Envision Sustainability Professional, trained and credentialed to apply the rating system
    Apply for the ENV SP

Sustainability On-Demand Courses

Build your knowledge of sustainability and learn how to apply it. Enroll in one of ASCE’s comprehensive online courses. The Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering Certificate Course provides a framework for strategic design and implementation of sustainability in infrastructure. Two other course also offer certificates: Sustainable Project Management and Ecological Systems. Learn more and get started now.

'LEEDing the Way' Blog – Making an '80s Office Building Sustainable

Can a 1980s-era office building meet today's expectations for sustainability – without breaking the bank? Follow ASCE's journey to achieve LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification for its headquarters. 

Follow 'LEEDing the Way'