Elizabeth Ruedas, P.E., QISP, ENV SP, M.ASCE, is a project engineer for CNC Engineering in the City of Industry, CA, and the program chair for ASCE’s Committee on Younger Members.
She will be moderating two sessions at the upcoming ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure, Oct. 26-28, in Brooklyn, NY. Both are geared toward Younger Members, exploring how they can shape a sustainable future.
“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.” – Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary-General, United Nations
ASCE Younger Members across the country have actively taken on the challenge to help the industry make significant strides toward a more sustainable future. We are moving toward becoming masters of the built environment, while also increasing the quality of life for all. Just as ASCE imagined, we are quickly becoming master:
• Planners, designers, constructors, and operators of society’s economic and social engine — the built environment
• Stewards of the natural environment and its resources
• Innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic sectors
• Managers of risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats
• Leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy
Sustainability, disruptive technologies, innovation, and climate change are fairly recent buzzwords for some, but are the very items that give Younger Members that “golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.”
These developments, combined with our thirst for knowledge and problem-solving skills, give the tech-savvy generation the perfect platform to promote effective and efficient change toward a more sustainable future.
The ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure provides a unique, national forum where leaders of the civil engineering profession across all disciplines, from various backgrounds, and with different levels of experience come together to celebrate sustainability, as well as to learn how to better meet our future needs.