ASCE: Working For You – October 2013

October 2, 2013

Patrick J. Natale_with full nameI’m very proud to say that ASCE is walking the talk when it comes to encouraging sustainability in civil engineering. On August 28, ASCE’s headquarters building in Reston, Virginia, received the prestigious LEED Gold Certification rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The ASCE Foundation, which owns the building and began working toward certification more than three and a half years ago, was informed by USGBC that our facilities upgrades satisfied 65 points within the 60 to 70 required for Gold certification. What’s more, we’ve reduced our operating costs and gotten a good return on our investment thanks to the efficiencies gained by the upgrades. For example, ASCE has annually saved nearly $32,000 from our building-wide lighting retrofit. Congratulations to the Foundation, our building manager Akridge, and all involved in this outstanding achievement.

Here is some really good news for our Sections: After a two-year hiatus, our popular State Public Affairs Grants (SPAG) are back. Originally created in 1997 as a resource to help ASCE Sections undertake public relations and government relations outreach projects at the state and local levels, SPAG is designed to encourage advocacy on ASCE issues that are important to civil engineers. By applying for a SPAG grant, your Section can leverage funding for a new initiative, add a new component to your existing work, or fund an innovative idea for outreach. Proposals from ASCE Sections are due by Friday November 1. If you have any questions or need guidance before submitting a proposal, our program staff will be happy to assist you.

Have you earned the Professional Development Hours (PDHs) you need by December 31 to renew your P.E. license? To assist members in satisfying their continuing education requirement in states with a December 31 P.E. license renewal deadline, ASCE will hold more than 80 live webinars and more than 50 live seminars in October, November, and December. You can earn PDHs/CEUs by participating in these programs. A wide variety of technical topics will be addressed. In addition, during “ASCE Week,” taking place November 4-8 in Orlando, Florida, you will have the opportunity to save up to $800 on ASCE’s most popular, state-of-the-practice seminars along with opportunities to network with colleagues (and experience a little Disney magic) while earning up to 36 PDHs.

Don’t have the time to attend a live seminar or webinar during business hours? ASCE also offers a variety of on-demand seminars as well as more than 250 on-demand webinars that can be taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week at times that are convenient for you. To further assist you in earning the PDHs you need by December 31, I am pleased to tell you that ASCE’s on-demand webinars and seminars are available this fall at a special 25% discount. In order to take advantage of the discounted prices, simply enter promo code ASCE25 when purchasing on-demand seminars and webinars.

Renew your ASCE membership early and you could win valuable prizes. There are many great benefits to being an ASCE member, but if you renew your 2014 ASCE membership between now and December 10, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a Visa Gift Card. A total of six winners will be drawn between September 23 and December 10; the gift cards start at $250 and will decrease after every drawing. That means the earlier you renew, the greater your chance to win big! Plus, you will be entered in the Grand Prize drawing for a 50-inch flat-panel TV. Renew now and don’t miss your opportunities to win.

Share your wisdom, get guidance, or connect online with ASCE’s new Career Mentoring Program. We’re committed to bringing our members the tools to form mentoring relationships and encourage professional and personal growth through shared experiences. With the Career Mentoring Program, an exclusive membership benefit, ASCE connects civil engineering mentors and protégés. Sign up today and become a mentor or a protégé.

Generations of civil engineers have worked tirelessly to pave the way for society, and the product of their dedicated hard work can still be seen in the sustainable infrastructure they designed. All in the Family: Civil Engineering Legacy Stories shares the stories of devoted ASCE members with the tradition of civil engineering in their families. I would like to encourage you to learn more about these inspiring families by reading the free eBook created by the ASCE Foundation. If you have a long line of civil engineers in your family and would like to share your story, please contact the Foundation at (703) 295-6342.

Certification recognizes the attainment of advanced knowledge and skills in a specialty area of civil engineering, so why not add ASCE professional certification to your credentials? Specialty certification complements ASCE’s goals of developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning, and promoting the profession. Our Academies of ASCE offer a post-licensure credential to civil engineers to help distinguish themselves in the fields of water resources; geotechnical; and coastal, ocean, port, and navigation engineering. Check it out today.

— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE
Executive Director

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