Guided Online Courses

The last date to register for this course is June 1, 2023.

Instructor facilitation from May 8 – June 16. On-demand from June 17 – July 13.

After June 16, the course will remain open, but will be monitored by ASCE staff only until September 7, 2023.

If you are not currently logged into ASCE, you will be asked to log in or create an ASCE account.

Sponsored by the Sustainability Committee


1.0 CEU / 10 PDHs


Member $525 | Non-member $825 —new lower pricing


Denise Nelson, P.E., CFM, ENV SP, LEED AP 

Purpose & background

A changing climate and aging infrastructure have forced civil engineers to develop a new set of best practices to meet public demands for safety and sustainability. This course provides practical knowledge to infrastructure professionals for “making the case” for sustainable infrastructure development with project owners and developers. It introduces public and private infrastructure owners, decision makers, and associated stakeholders to the need for sustainable and resilient infrastructure based on economic, environmental, and social factors.

It describes the innovative ways to use sustainable thinking when designing infrastructure to be resilient to changing environmental conditions. This course identifies sustainability best practices in infrastructure development and describes the impetus for changing our approach for developing climate-safe, context-specific solutions based on the type, scale, and location of projects.

This course is ASCE’s first course to address “making the case” for infrastructure: it follows our extensive efforts to recognize and promote sustainability in the industry. ASCE recognizes the leading role civil engineers have in planning, designing, building, and ensuring a sustainable future by providing the bridge between science and society. In this role, engineers actively promote and participate in multidisciplinary teams with other professionals, such as ecologists, economists, and sociologists, and work with communities to effectively address the issues and challenges of sustainable development. The knowledge gained throughout this course will enable you to secure support for sustainable thinking and infrastructure. 

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and address key factors when planning, designing, and constructing infrastructure to develop resilient, context-specific solutions.
  • Use data and storytelling to explain successful practices and enhanced performance of sustainable infrastructure.
  • Describe the value and benefits of implementing sustainable infrastructure to promote support and collaboration in cross-departmental and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Apply a sustainable development and delivery approach to projects incorporating the economic, environmental, and social factors.

Who should attend?

Sustainability and resilience are applicable to all infrastructure sectors, all private and governmental levels of infrastructure ownership, and all levels of experience.

  • Mid-senior level engineers in decision-making roles interested in developing the technical and non-technical skills necessary to lead cross-departmental and multidisciplinary teams in developing sustainable infrastructure solutions.
  • Professionals making decisions in the planning, design, and construction of infrastructure as well as those influencing the decisions for policies, procedures, and procurement.
  • Engineers, environmental and social scientists, planners, architects, economists, project and program managers, and other development professionals interested in working in coordinated, integrated teams on sustainable and resilient solutions to serve their community.

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