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ENVISION Advances from SoCal to Hawaii: Ports, Airports, and Farms - a review of the Sustainability Committee Luncheon on October 20, 2016
By: Janet Fordunski, P.E. What is ENVISION? 56 people filled the Center Club to learn about the ENVISION sustainability rating system from three practitioners. The event was hosted by Sustainability Committee members to show how ENVISION gives civil engineers to tools to make a difference. » Read More

Holding Paramount the Safety, Health and Welfare of the Public
By: Elizabeth Ruedas “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 Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio's new climate change film, brings awareness to the vast number of issues caused by climate change, as well as to the solutions that are still an option. The documentary, by Fisher Stevens, not only highlights global efforts that are being pursued to mitigate the impacts of climate change, but also builds a grassroots movement to ensure that we become actively engaged at the local level as well.  » Read More

Investing in America's Infrastructure, Starting at Home in OC
By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E. After an incredibly long and tumultuous road leading up to the Presidential Election on Nov 8th, the country is finally moving forward. The two presidential candidates could not have been any more different in nature. However, there was one topic that both candidates agreed on: Investing in America’s infrastructure. Both candidates’ campaigns focused on the need to upgrade infrastructure nationwide. Although each side proposed a different approach to paying for it, the topic of infrastructure was being discussed on a national platform where its importance could be heard. » Read More

Younger Member Forum Members Participate in Corazon Home Build
By: Roxanne Follis On Saturday, August 27, a group of about 20 YMF members and CSUF and UCI students went to Chula Vista, CA and met with other Corazon volunteers. Corazon is a non-profit organization that develops communities in Mexico by building homes and encouraging support within the community.  » Read More

Following Gary's Legacy
By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E. About 10 years ago I attended my first ASCE YMF meeting in a conference room at Diaz-Yourman & Associates in Santa Ana. There were about a dozen other younger engineers in attendance who seemed energetic and vibrant to be planning all sorts of events – social mixers, seminars, community service events, and technical tours to name a few. There was one individual in particular who took the time to explain the whole purpose of YMF to me – all of it! I asked a lot of questions, but the end result was inevitable – I wanted in! This individual was the YMF President and he welcomed me to become part of the group. His name was Gary Gilbert. I recall that conversation vividly and will never forget it. I will also never forget Gary and all of the valuable mentorship and wisdom he provided me and many others within ASCE. » Read More

2016 Annual ASCE OC Golf Tournament – We hit the 100 mark!
By: Josue Vaglienty, P.E. One hundred players (a milestone first for ASCE OC) attended the 2016 Annual ASCE OC Golf Tournament held this past June 10th at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, CA.  ASCE OC-Branch, ASCE OC-Younger Member Forum (YMF), and ASCE Student Chapters (UC Irvine and CSU Fullerton) each provided volunteers to register and welcome the players from local civil engineering firms, public agencies, and product/service vendors. » Read More

Floating Solar Panels Save Water in Drought-stricken California
By Janet Fordunski, PE Floating solar panels (aka "floatovoltaics") are being installed on reservoirs and ponds in Napa and Sonoma Counties to save land, save water, and improve water quality. » Read More

Region 9 Transportation Committee Gains Four Perspectives on the Statewide Transportation Picture
By: Lee Provost, PE and David Schwegel, PE On Thursday June 30, 2016, eight members of the Region 9 Transportation Committee participated in a Legislative Day near the state Capitol in Sacramento.  These perspectives included the Transportation California (nonprofit), the California High Speed Rail Authority, the Legislative Analysts Office, and the Assembly Transportation Committee. » Read More

YMF - YMF and Sustainability Committee Joint Hike
By: Roxanne Follis The day after a May rainstorm turned out to be a beautiful and sunny day in Orange County, which made perfect hiking conditions. OC YMF and the Sustainability Committee hosted a joint hike at Santiago Oaks Regional Park on Saturday, May 7th. » Read More

Sustainable Groundwater Management in SoCal with SGMA
By Jessica Cassman, PE, ENV SP and Nathan Chase, PE, ENV SP The ASCE-OC Sustainability Committee and EWRI-OC wish to thank Enrique Lopezcalva (of RMC), Roy Herndon (of OCWA), and Brian Powell (of EMWD) for their presentations on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) at the lunchtime seminar held on April 7, 2016 in Irvine. An engaged audience of over 40 professionals learned from the speakers’ experiences with the early stages of SGMA readiness and compliance. The presentations also gave an overview SGMA implications statewide through 2042, as well as regional and local impacts, challenges, and highlights. » Read More

Full Depth Reclamation with Cement: A Sustainable Roadway Repavement Technique
Using Full Depth Reclamation with Cement (FDR-C) on your next roadway reconstruction project saves time, money, and community impact while earning LEED and Envision credits. » Read More

Overview of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and How it Affects Orange County
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed by the California State Legislature in September 2014, establishing new requirements for groundwater management in medium- and high-priority alluvial groundwater basins, which include acheiving sustainability goals by the 2040s. In Orange County, Orange County Water District (OCWD) is addressing SGMA requirements with its 2015 Groundwater Management Plan, highlighting OCWD's long-term efforts to sustainably manage the OC groundwater basin. » Read More

ASCE Life Membership: A Legacy for the Next Generation
On March 5, ASCE Los Angeles Section hosted its annual Life Member Brunch in Monterey Park.  Life Membership is quite an honor in ASCE. It represents a lifetime commitment to ASCE and the civil engineering profession by remaining a member for the full length of a professional career. By Steven L. King, P.E. » Read More