Topic: Sustainability

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Net-positive energy building designed with circularity in mind

The Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is constructing its newest teaching building with circularity and sustainability in mind.

Design under way on large-scale sanitation project in Egypt

A Stantec-led consortium has begun planning and design efforts to upgrade and add to the existing wastewater infrastructure in the Fayoum governorate in central Egypt—an initiative that will affect approximately 940,000 Egyptian residents. By providing sanitation to some areas for the first time, the seven-year Fayoum Wastewater Expansion program is expected to improve public health and safety and reduce a significant source of environmental...

New ASCE Book Highlights Cutting-Edge Research Into Life-Cycle Concepts  

ASCE Reads is a regular series on ASCE News highlighting the latest titles from the ASCE Library, giving you an in-depth look at cutting-edge research and innovations in the civil engineering industry. Life-cycle analysis of infrastructure, by its very nature, requires time. “We’ve made significant progress during the past decade, but there’s a long way to go,” said Dan Frangopol, Sc.D, P.E., F.EMI, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE, the...

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...

Researchers develop process to grow bricks

An interdisciplinary team of researchers based in Colorado has developed a type of brick that, through a process of biomineralization, is able to replicate and grow multiple generations of itself.

4 Smart City Trends Shaping the Future

Imagine the future. Don’t just think of it, really immerse yourself in the possibilities. What does this future world look like? What does it sound like? And how did society get there? Now bring yourself back to the present. With smart cities on the rise, that world you imagined may not be as far off as you think. Civil engineers are some of the most forward-thinking minds...

ASCE Developing New Sustainability Standard

In civil engineering design, sustainability is too important to merely be implied or suggested. So, ASCE’s Committee on Sustainability is creating a performance-based, life-cycle sustainable infrastructure standard. The committee’s Standards Executive Committee has been developing “Standard Requirements for Sustainable Infrastructure” for nearly a year, aiming to have an innovative and essential industry standard ready for use in 2021. “As we move toward a civil engineering industry that’s...

U.S. EPA, Environmental Groups Spar Over Temporary Compliance Policy

FACED WITH THE PROSPECT that regulated entities might have trouble complying with certain regulatory requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released temporary guidance in late March stating how it intended to handle noncompliance during this time, noting that, among other things, it would not seek civil penalties for most routine violations. Environmental groups immediately criticized the move, contending that it...

ASCE Members Acclaimed as ‘Newsmakers’ by ENR Magazine

Each year, one of the industry’s leading trade publications, Engineering News-Record,  recognizes its Top 25 Newsmakers, a veritable “who’s who” of industry innovators and influencers. And once again, the ENR list features a number of prominent ASCE members. Here are the Society members honored by ENR among its Top 25 Newsmakers for 2019: • Glenn Bell, C.Eng, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE – 2020 Structural Engineering Institute president and...

Experience tomorrow’s built future today

Imagine the world 50 years from now. What does 2070 look like? How is society continuing to function? How have technological and environmental challenges affected our cities? ASCE’s Future World Vision brings those possibilities to fruition.