The ASCE publication
The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025
states that civil engineers serve competently, collaboratively, and ethically as master builders of the built environment, stewards of the natural environment, innovators and integrators of ideas and technology, managers of risk, and leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy.
One example of our leadership is the ASCE Report Card for America's Infrastructure which offers both evaluations of existing infrastructure and ideas on how to improve and fund infrastructure improvements. This receives good media exposure both upon release and as a reference for quantifying infrastructure investment. We disseminate information and are considered a trusted and valuable opinion in discussions. However, many times we are left out of the
shaping public policy.
It is incumbent on all of us to spread the word about the great things ASCE does, especially to those
of our profession. We are all parts of a global organization striving to improve the public health, safety, and welfare and we must be part of the solutions. As ASCE Past President Blaine Leonard has stated concerning our involvement in these discussions and solutions: "If not me, who, and if not now, when?"