Tag: Climate Change

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October 2020 letters

Member viewpoints on magazine articles.

California assesses the climate change vulnerabilities of its state highway system

After examining each of its 12 districts in terms of their vulnerabilities to climate change, the California Department of Transportation is looking to integrate the findings into its long-range efforts to address the anticipated effects of extreme weather on its state highway system. In July, Caltrans announced it had wrapped up the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Reports for District 1 (Eureka) and District 5...

Are civil engineers doing enough to combat climate change?

ASCE Plot Points Season 4 Episode 8: Are civil engineers doing enough to combat climate change? It's a simple question with a complicated answer. Or maybe it's a complicated question with a simple answer. Either way, Emily Grubert, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, makes sense of the chaos on today's episode. And our ASCE Student Ambassadors play guest DJ,...

How to combat the secret source of greenhouse gas emissions

Kate Simonen favors a metaphor about the moon when she talks about her work as director of the Carbon Leadership Forum. It goes something like “If you want to land on the moon, there’s no sense in aiming halfway.” It’s an apt comparison, because her organization’s goal of decarbonizing the built environment is certainly universal in its scope. And the CLF is not aiming halfway...

COVID-19 Community Calls 23: City of Dreams Part 1

Every day in April, ASCE Plot Points is calling a different civil engineer from around the world to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their life, their community, their work and the civil engineering profession. Thirty days. Thirty phone calls. Community Call 23 begins a mini-series within the series, reaching out to three young engineers working in the Los Angeles area. Today we talk...

Samaras Honored With Bartholomew Award

ASCE has honored Constantine Samaras, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, with the 2020 Harland Bartholomew Award for contributions to urban infrastructure resiliency design and alternative fueled, automated and connect vehicle planning. Samaras has made substantive contributions to three areas of critical importance for urban planning and development in the civil engineering domain: Systems and infrastructure impacts of the transition to autonomous vehicles. Transition to low-carbon energy systems. Civil...

Data Plus Technology Equals Powerful Climate Change Visualization Tool

As a doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine, Alexandre Martinez was surrounded by data. Climate data from the past. Climate data for future projections. But one word kept haunting his research: “useful.” How could he make this data transcend a mere spreadsheet? How could he make this data useful? He talked it over with a colleague, Tina Korani, professor of new media at San Jose State...

Global Partnership Positions ASCE to Lead Climate Change Mitigation Effort

ASCE has announced a new partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy as part of the recently launched International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure. The collaboration, announced this week at the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP 25, aims to advance practical solutions to adapt infrastructure to a changing climate, close the resilience investment gap and break down barriers to action across the...

Bring Your Own Cardboard

"Engineering With Heart" is a series of articles by Michael Paddock for ASCE News. Paddock, P.E., M.ASCE, a 30-year member of ASCE, is a licensed civil engineer and surveyor. His professional career was spent managing teams of over 100 engineers designing infrastructure projects over $1 billion, and he was the youngest-ever recipient of Wisconsin’s “Engineer of the Year” award. After a near-death cancer experience, he...

NYC’s Zarrilli a New ASCE Fellow

Daniel A. Zarrilli, P.E., F.ASCE, New York City’s chief climate policy advisor and OneNYC director, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Zarrilli is preparing America’s largest city for the future. Under his leadership, New York recently released its newest long-term strategic plan, OneNYC 2050, which includes bold new actions to confront our climate crisis, achieve equity and strengthen our democracy. Since...