The Birth of Sustainability Committee!
By Sam Ali, P.E., LEED-AP
The ASCE Orange County Branch is proud to announce the formation of the sustainability committee. On January 16, 2008, the National ASCE/TAC
Committee on Sustainability published Sustainability Guidelines for ASCE Sections, Branches and Student Chapters. Many ASCE Sections including Los Angeles started the formation of the committee and our Branch
is taking the lead.
What do we mean by “Sustainability”?
There are hundreds of definitions but here is a simple one:
“Sustainability meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
The mission of the Sustainability Committee:
“Civil Engineers…entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life.”
Goals of the Sustainability Committee:
- Educating our members and the community at large about the importance of sustainability.
- Create students outreach programs at the local universities and conduct lectures and training programs.
- Involve the ASCE student chapters in the outreach program.
- Give an award to the sustainable project of the year.
- Organize field trips to Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Certified projects within Orange County.
- Coordinate with the ASCE L.A. Section Sustainability Committee and the National ASCE/TAC Committee on Sustainability.
- Partnership with Sustainable organizations such as USGBC, Global Green, Audubon Society, and others.
- Advertise websites in the newsletter with information about sustainability.
- Focus on sustainable infrastructure.
- Encourage ASCE members to become LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED-AP).
- Outreach to Public agencies to incorporate and adopt sustainability standards.
Who can be a member of the sustainability committee?
Civil Engineers with genuine interest and experience in sustainability. The member will be either LEED-AP or have registered to take the test to be
LEED-AP. Please send me an email if you would like to be a member in this committee. The committee will have its first meeting in the middle of June.
“We are at the tipping point for Sustainable Design. Engineers who are not yet on board with Green Design will be left out since the public is
demanding Green Design not only to protect the Environment and Conserve Resources, but also to create a healthier place to live and work.”
Sam Ali, P.E., LEED-AP, Vice President P S O M A S
Chairman of the Sustainability Committee
[email protected] (714) 751-7373