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  • ASCE and its members are dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future in which human society has the capacity and opportunity to maintain and improve its quality of life indefinitely, without degrading the quantity, quality or the availability of natural, economic and social resources.

    Whether you are just beginning to explore the benefits that a focus on sustainability can bring to your community and your engineering practice, or you are looking for the tools to take it to the next level, we can help you build a better future.

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    • Convince your client or your boss about the benefits of sustainability
    • Incorporate sustainable principles into your RFP or proposal
    • Expand your skills or build a career focus on sustainability
    • Make your project more sustainable
    • Learn more about the importance of sustainability for civil engineering
    • Find inspirational examples of sustainable projects
    • Join a community of civil engineers committed to sustainability

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  • Sustainable Engineering News

    Ohio River Bridge aerial view (Photo Courtesy WVB East End Partners)The Ohio River Bridge–East End Crossing (ORB-EEC) project, a long-planned collaboration between Indiana and Kentucky, earned the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Platinum award. When completed, the ORB-EEC project will address cross-river mobility challenges...Read More >>

    envision-listicle-feature-imageAs recent Envision-designated projects have shown, the possibilities for sustainability in civil engineering are endless. Whether it’s a streetcar that can sustainably connect communities or a park that uses art to recycle pond water, Envision...Read More >>

    The Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority’s (BJWSA) Hardeeville Water Reclamation Facility (HWRF) expansion project received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Bronze award. The project is the first to win an Envision award in...Read More >>

    kc-river-envision-feature-imageThe Kansas City Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure projects in Kansas City, MO, received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Platinum award. The projects are the 20th to get an Envision award since the...Read More >>

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  • Envision

    Envision is a rating system and best practice resource to help you become successful in implementing sustainability into your infrastructure projects. 

    Do you want to become an ENV-SP? Earn your ENV credential to work towards sustainable stewardship. Create an account on ISI's website

    Checklist/Score Card  - Rate your project

    Fact sheet  - What is Envision

    Credit List  - How are projects rated

    Sustainability at ASCE

    ASCE defines sustainability as a set of environmental, economic, and social conditions - the "Triple Bottom Line" - 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 the availability of natural, economic, and social resources. 

    Sustainability at ASCE      Strategic Initiatives

    Awards

    Innovation in Sustainability 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

    2015
    Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project

    2014
    Pier G Slip Fill and Associated Dredging

    2013
    Chari Chari, Bolivia Cable Supported Footbridge

    2012
    GreenLink Windsor Transportation Land Use Planning

    2011
    Menomonee Valley Industrial Center and Community Park

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  • International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure

    ICSI 2017
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    October 26-28, 2017

    New York, NY

    ICSI Landing
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    CE Magazine

    New York City’s Department of Design and Construction has released a set of guiding principles to inspire architects and engineers to design and construct structures and spaces that enhance well-being, neighborhood identity, and social cohesion.  

  • Introduction to Sustainability