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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.

  • Sustainability Resources

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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

    PHOTO: Institute for Sustainable InfrastructureThe Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure honored the Boynton Beach Ion Exchange Resin Plant and East Water Treatment Plant Upgrades project in Florida with an Envision Bronze award. This is the first water treatment plant project...Read More >>

    With communities around the country working to recover after an autumn full of natural disasters, the key will be to not to simply rebuild but to rebuild better.Civil engineering is nothing if not resilient. And in many cases that means learning from failure and building back better. In the aftermath of a series of extreme events this autumn in North America, now...Read More >>

    PHOTO: Institute for Sustainable InfrastructureThe Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure awarded Seneca’s Water Treatment Plant Improvements project in South Carolina with an Envision silver. The plant is the third infrastructure project in South Carolina to earn an Envision award, and...Read More >>

    Paul Zofnass, founder of the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard, speaks during the ICSI 2017 opening plenary in Brooklyn.If you’re waiting for some other, larger entity to swoop in and solve the sustainability infrastructure crisis, stop. It may be a global problem, but the solutions start at home. “Sustainability is really happening at...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

    NEW Life Cycle Analysis for Sustainability: Triple Bottom Line Accounting course now available!
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    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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  • New Sustainable Infrastructure Certificate Programlearning options

    ASCE’s new “Sustainable Infrastructure Certificate Program” will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and techniques that you need to design, build, and manage sustainable projects and to take a leadership role in making our infrastructure sustainable.

    All courses in the certificate program are offered online and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing you with the flexibility to take the courses at times that are most convenient for you.

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  • International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure

    ICSI 2017
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    October 26-28, 2017

    New York, NY

    ICSI Landing
  • Project Profiles

    Sustainability Project Profiles

    Industry, government and the public have an increasing interest in and demand for sustainable profession.  

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    ASCE is seeking entries that demonstrate the triple bottom line approach to sustainability

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  • Introduction to Sustainability