Sharing a Commitment to Sustainability and Spreading It Worldwide

May 21, 2012

I recently had the honor of serving as chair of the two-day 2012 Triennial Conference that brought together representatives of ASCE, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and Britain’s Institution of Civil Engineers to discuss pressing common issues, most notably greater adoption of sustainability principles and practices worldwide.

As ASCE president, I joined with CSCE and ICE in signing a protocol with the direct, succinct title of Civil Engineering for a Sustainable Future. I encourage you to click on the link and read the protocol to learn about its three major commitments.

We intend to collaborate more on national sustainable infrastructure action plans; we will work together to encourage the building of sustainable engineering capacity in the developing world; and we want to give the World Federation of Engineering Organizations more clout in international discussions on sustainable infrastructure programs by presenting a unified civil engineering viewpoint.

In 2012, I don’t think there can be any disagreement that it’s in civil engineers’ best interests today and tomorrow, and for all the tomorrows to come, that we strive continually to maximize the use of Earth’s resources and make that a part of common practice.

What progress have you seen in the adoption of sustainability within your practice, your university, with partners and contractors?

Do you see or have you experienced barriers? What have they been and what can be done?

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