"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 life indefinitely without degrading the quality, quantity or availability of natural, economic, and social resources." - ASCE National Sustainability Page
THE GOALS OF THE ASCE OC BRANCH SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE
Provide networking and information exchange opportunities to our members by partnering with sustainable organizations such as USGBC, etc.
Engage student members by developing guest lecture topics and course modules on current sustainable practices.
Coordinate with other ASCE Orange County Branch Committees and institutes, ASCE OC Younger Member Forum, and 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.
Promote and learn about active transportation infrastructure through organizing bike ride activities.
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.
HISTORY OF THE SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE
- Raul Rodriguez, EIT | Transportation Engineer I | [email protected]
- Tonia Wang, PE, ENV SP | Transportation Engineer | [email protected]
- Sam Ali, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP | [email protected]
- Charlotte Wu, PE, ENV SP, STP | Transportation Engineer | [email protected]
- Nathan Forrest, PE, ENV SP | Technical Director | [email protected]
- Michael Perkins, PE | Project Consultant | [email protected]
- Sherry Weinmeier, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP (not pictured) | [email protected]
- Janet Fordunski, PE (not pictured) | [email protected]
- Nathan Chase, PE, LEED AP ND, ENV SP (not pictured) | [email protected]
- Salem Afeworki, ENV SP, LEED GA (not pictured) | [email protected]
- Ruta Bandziulis, EIT (not pictured) | [email protected]
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ORANGE COUNTY PROJECT PROFILES
OC Streetcar - CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
Newport Beach Learning Center - CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
THE ROLE OF THE CIVIL ENGINEER IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
To achieve these objectives, ASCE promotes the following implementation strategies:
Promote a 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.
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Sam Ali, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP
Sustainability Committee Co-Chair
Nathan Forrest, PE, ENV SP
Sustainability Committee Co-Chair
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