Topic: Sustainability

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Rising to the Sea-Level Challenge

Climate change is one of six key trends driving ASCE’s Future World Vision scenario-planning model. Already, right now, in the present world vision, climate change –  specifically sea-level rise – is driving demand for flooding solutions in Southeast Florida. Civil engineers in the region, along with local governments and cooperative efforts like the Southeast Regional Climate Change Compact, the Resilient Utilities Coalition and the Florida...

Reprogram How You Think About Infrastructure

Mikhail Chester was at a crossroads of sorts. He’d done plenty of good work in the sustainable engineering space – life-cycle assessment, climate change adaptation, resilience and the like – and won ASCE’s Huber prize in 2017 for these efforts. But there was something missing, some kind of unifying, synthesizing approach to tie it all together. “A few years ago I stepped back and asked myself,...

ASCE News Series: Future World Vision

David Odeh can’t help but chuckle at the irony inherent in his statement. “The one thing we can say with certainty,” Odeh says, “is that whatever future scenario we predict, that scenario will not be the future.” Odeh, a technical region director on the ASCE Board of Direction, is referring to Future World Vision, ASCE’s bold, comprehensive scenario-planning tool that helps civil engineers strategize for an...

The Infrastructure Win-Win Right Down the Street From You

ASCE News Future Forward highlights civil engineering projects, practices, ideas, and technologies that are future-focused and forward-looking. Given the current infrastructure crisis in the United States, where need outpaces funding by a wide margin, the so-called win-win project is critical. These are the projects that solve two problems at once, and one such win-win opportunity may be as close as your local city park. “Parks can be...

Treat Every Day Like Earth Day

Earth is the foundation upon which civil engineers build thriving communities, improving the quality of life for people everywhere. April 22 marks Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental campaign, celebrated in more than 193 countries. Millions around the globe give a voice to environmental issues and remind us that we too must do our part. Civil engineers are entrusted to harmonize the built and natural environments...

Key to Sustainability Found in Nontraditional Partnerships

It would be foolish to think that one person, or even one profession, could alone solve the challenges of climate change and sustainability. Old thoughts die hard, though. “There’s a perception that engineers work in their own space,” said Cris Liban, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, executive officer of environment and sustainability for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “That’s so not the case anymore. “I’m not...

Los Angeles Engineer Takes On Renewable Energy Challenge

It’s a telling character trait. Some people run away from problems. Others seek out problems so that they can help solve them. When it comes to climate change, Paul Lee falls definitively into the latter category. “In college, I really wanted to do sustainability. And it was around the time that climate change issues were starting to become a big deal, and people were feeling very empowered...

Industry Leaders Forum Explores Climate-Resilient Design Solutions

For civil engineers climate change is more than a social obligation, it's a matter of business. As Terry Neimeyer, CEO of KCI Technologies, said at the 2018 ASCE Industry Leaders Forum, "In my own company, we're being asked by our clients to design projects and facilities that are resilient and sustainable – and to account for future climate change." Neimeyer hosted the ILF panel discussion, "From Disasters to...

ASCE Signs Landmark Agreement on Sustainable Development

Knowledge of sustainable development should be a key requirement for engineers, according to a joint statement of intent signed today by ASCE, the British-based Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. The statement was issued as part of the Global Engineering Congress, hosted in London by ICE and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations in London. More than 2,000 engineers – including...