As the stewards of society's physical infrastructure, civil engineers must lead the next shift in sustainable planning, design and construction. ASCE defines sustainability as "a set of environmental, economic and social conditions in which all of society has the capacity and opportunity to maintain and improve its quality of live indefinitely without degrading the quality, quantity or availability of natural, economic, and social resources." -ASCE NATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY PAGE (http://www.asce.org/sustainability/)
Envision provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. It evaluates, grades, and gives recognition to infrastructure projects that use transformational, collaborative approaches to assess the sustainability indicators over the course of the project's life cycle.
This rating system is a collaboration between the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the Zofnass program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. ISI is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization founded by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
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ORANGE COUNTY PROJECT PROFILES
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HISTORY OF THE SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE
Nathan Chase, PE, LEED AP ND, ENV SP (Co-Chair) | [email protected]
THE ROLE OF THE CIVIL ENGINEER IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
- Promote broad understanding of economic, environmental, political, social, and technical issues and processes as related to sustainable development;
- Advance the skills, knowledge and information necessary for a sustainable future; including habitats, natural systems, system flows, and the effects of all phases of the life cycle of projects on the ecosystem;
- Advocate economic approaches that recognize natural resources and our environment as capital assets;
- Promote multidisciplinary, whole system, integrated and multi-objective goals in all phases of project planning, design, construction, operations, and decommissioning;
- Promote reduction of vulnerability to natural, accidental, and willful hazards to be part of sustainable development; and
- Promote performance based standards and guidelines as bases for voluntary actions and for regulations in sustainable development for new and existing infrastructure.
THE GOALS OF THE ASCE OC BRANCH SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE
With a focus on Orange County based members, the Sustainability Committee strives to educate and further the state of the practice of sustainability in three broad areas:
- Provide networking and information exchange opportunities to our members by partnering with sustainable organizations such as USGBC, Green Global, Audubon Society, etc.
- Engage student members by developing guest lecture topics and course modules on current sustainable practices.
- Coordinate with the ASCE LA Branch Sustainability Committee and the National ASCE/TAC Committee on Sustainability.
- Advocate and provide resources to support the use of infrastructure rating systems.
- Recognize sustainability with a Branch award for Sustainable Project of the Year.
- Provide information and resources to encourage public agencies/owners to incorporate and adopt sustainability standards.
- Educate our members and the community at large about sustainable practices.
- Organize field trips to certified sustainable projects.
- Contribute to the body of knowledge of sustainable practices.
- Provide resources to ASCE members to obtain sustainability credentials: LEED-AP, ENV-SP, STP, etc.
LINKS, LINKS, LINKS
- National - http://www.asce.org/sustainability/
- Blog Posts - http://blogs.asce.org/tag/sustainability/
- Articles - http://www.asce.org/Sustainability/Sustainability-Resources/Sustainability-Articles/
- LEED - http://www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems
- Envision - http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org/rating/index.cfm
- INVEST - https://www.sustainablehighways.org/
- Greenroads - https://www.greenroads.org/
- STARS - https://stars.aashe.org/
- Coming Soon
- APWA - http://www.apwa.net/topics/sustainability
- USGBC - http://www.usgbc.org/
- Green Building Certification Institute - http://www.gbci.org/homepage.aspx
- CALGreen - http://www.bsc.ca.gov/Home/CALGreen.aspx
- Caltrans - http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/oppd/rescons/sustainable.htm and http://www.dot.ca.gov/newtech/researchreports/preliminary_investigations/docs/caltrans_smart_mobility_preliminary_investigation_3-21-13.pdf
- Green Roads - http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Tires/GreenRoads/
Sam Ali, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP
Sustainability Committee Co-Chair
Orange County Public Works
Charlotte Wu, P.E., ENV SP, STP
Sustainability Committee Co-Chair