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Outstanding Civil Engineer Advocate of the Year Award - Group

The ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineer Advocacy Team of the Year Award recognizes ASCE Sections, Branches or Younger Member Groups who have advanced civil engineering issues through promotion of the Key Contact Program and legislative advocacy with their members of Congress, state legislatures, and external audiences.
While all nominations will receive consideration, favorable consideration will be given to those that advance our strategic legislative goals, specifically focusing on: 

1. Priority Legislators Who Serve on Committees of Jurisdiction : As you are aware, there are certain legislators who have a greater impact on the passage or defeat of our legislative priorities than others. Their leadership on civil engineering issues, as well as their influence among their colleagues, can affect our legislative outcomes more than other legislators. Therefore, engagement with these legislators has a bigger return on investment than with lawmakers who are not involved in civil engineering issues. 

Included in this group is any member of the House or Senate Leadership. You can find a list of House and Senate Leadership here: 

In the House, members of the following committees are especially important to our legislative goals: 

In the Senate, lawmakers who serve on the following committees that deal with the Highway Trust Fund are especially important: 

For state legislators, check your state legislature's webpage to find lists of leaders for each chamber and committees that deal with issues similar to the federal committees listed above. 

2. Priority ASCE Issues : While our membership has diverse civil engineering interests, there are certain issues that affect a larger portion of our members than others, or that have cascading effects on the future of civil engineering and public safety. ASCE members or teams who advocate on our priority issues will be given favorable consideration. 

2017 Federal Priority Issues

  • Clean Water, drinking water, wastewater issues
  • Natural hazards mitigation & infrastructure security
  • Qualifications Based Selection for engineering services
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education & support (K-12)
  • Civil engineering education (higher education)
  • Sustainable development & sustainable energy use
  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Water resources infrastructure

2017 State Priority Issues

  • Licensing
  • Qualifications Based Selection for Engineering Services
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Education
  • State Support for Civil Engineering Higher Education
  • Sustainability
  • Tort Reform & Indemnification for Pro Bono Services
  • Transportation Infrastructure Financing

3. Freshman Legislators: Many new legislators have little understanding of civil engineering issues. Therefore, our ability to provide credible information early in their careers increases the possibility of their support during critical legislative debates. 

4. High Engagement Activities: "High engagement" refers to those activities that require more time. They are usually characterized by offline, or face-to-face interaction with the legislator. We know that legislators place a higher degree of influence and importance on face-to-face contact opportunities, such as constituent meetings and town hall events in the district (Congressional Management Foundation, 2011). High engagement communications convey more sincerity, effort and intensity----all components of relationship building. 

Included in this category are high engagement activities that seek to educate external audiences about how legislation affects civil engineering, such as media interviews, speeches to local business organizations, presentations to opinion leaders, etc. 

5. Key Contact Program Promotion: Mobilizing ASCE members quickly in support of or against legislation is critical to the Society's ability to achieve its Strategic Priorities and Goals. The Key Contact Program is the foundation of that mobilization with its self-identified Key Contacts. Key Contacts are ASCE members who help influence public policy important to the Society and the stewardship of infrastructure and the environment by agreeing to receive and act-upon legislative action alerts. Increasing the number of Key Contacts that take action and establish relationships with their elected officials increases ASCE's political influence. 


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Applications for the 2019 Outstanding Civil Engineer Advocate of the Year Award will be accepted in Fall 2018. View the 2018 guidelines and  individual and group applications.

Award Recipients

2018
ASCE Texas Section - Government Affairs Committee

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