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Policy Statement 404 - Endorsement of Infrastructure Projects

 

Approved by the Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee on March 16, 2017
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on June 5, 2017
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 29, 2017

Policy

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) may endorse or oppose specific civil engineering projects only when the proposed project has national or global implications. This policy does not prohibit ASCE Regions, Sections, or Branches from independent action at a local level; however, a position taken at a local level does not imply endorsement of the Society.

Issue

Allocation of funds for civil engineering projects can be competitive and political. The endorsement of ASCE is often sought because of ASCE's reputation for professional and objective evaluation and its technical expertise in order to validate the need for a project.

Rationale

Endorsement of a project by ASCE implies the support of its full membership. ASCE is comprised of a broad and varied membership that, at times, may have differing stances on specific projects. Therefore, ASCE endorsement of, or opposition to, a project should only be undertaken for civil engineering projects with national or global implications.

ASCE Policy Statement 404
First Approved in 1992  

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