Newest Infrastructure Report Card Provides Unique Opportunities

March 10, 2017
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith

On Thursday, we released our 2017 Infrastructure Report Card.

An overall grade of D+, the same as in 2013, shows that our nation’s infrastructure remains in poor condition. Though we saw modest improvement in seven infrastructure sectors, namely, schools, rail, inland waterways, wastewater, hazardous waste, ports, and levees, we also saw lower grades in parks and recreation, solid waste, and transit. Clearly, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

The Infrastructure Report Card – prepared every four years by the experts on the ASCE Committee on America’s Infrastructure and our Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives staff – has become the definitive source of information on the state of our nation’s aging and underperforming infrastructure.

It depicts the condition and performance of America’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card, assigning letter grades based on the physical condition, performance, and needed investments for improvement as well as offering recommendations for raising the grades in each category. This year’s Report Card could not have come at a better time, as the President’s address to Congress last week supported the investment of $1 trillion in public and private capital for infrastructure.

We need your help in spreading the word on the importance of funding our nation’s infrastructure.

• You can participate in reminding our elected officials that we need to address our nation’s infrastructure needs now by becoming a Key Contact. You will be kept up to date with the latest infrastructure public policy developments and instructions on how to act on them.

Some other ways to champion our 2017 Infrastructure Report Card:

• Add Report Card links to your Section/Branch website. This helps Google and other search engines index it, and it increases the chances that the local media will learn about the new Report Card.

• Generate a buzz through your professional and social networks by sharing the Report Card via LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other sites. We’ve created an online social media toolkit to help, with predrafted posts for you to customize and lots of visuals and videos to share.

• Enlist nonengineering stakeholders by sharing the Report Card findings. Your city managers, other professional associations, and friends and neighbors may not be civil engineers, but they are impacted by heavy traffic, water main breaks, electrical disruptions from an overtaxed energy grid, and long delays at the airport.

• Host an infrastructure event. From holding an infrastructure fair, to hosting a booth at a community gathering, to holding an event during Infrastructure Week (May 15-19, 2017), opportunities abound to bring the infrastructure issue to life in your local area.

• Be an ambassador for infrastructure locally. Whether you help your Section complete a State Infrastructure Report Card, talk with kids using ASCE’s STEM materials, or attend a state drive-in to your capital city – take the opportunity to be a leader in public policy, starting with the familiar territory of your own hometown.

I urge you to act to ensure a future with sustained, strategic investment in our nation’s infrastructure. We are all part of the solution, and society’s future health, safety, and quality of life depend on your voice.

Give a gift to the Report Card Fund today and help the ASCE Foundation support outreach to extend the reach of the Report Card and communicate the need for vital infrastructure funding! 

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