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Sustainability for Civil Engineers

James Newton, PE

Envision™ is a comprehensive and complex approach to looking at infrastructure . . . it covers not just design and construction phases, but from planning to operations; throughout its entire life cycle. This tool gives civil engineers the process they need to lead the discussion about sustainability and become the stewards of the natural and built environments that they need. Don’t just talk about sustainability, live it!

Sustainability for Civil Engineers, is intended to be used in university settings for civil engineering students and for those professionals who have some interest in incorporating sustainability into civil engineering projects. However, they can also be used in other settings by a wide range of professionals.

This course is based upon a set of slides that was developed under the direction of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). They include an instructional module on the Envision™ sustainable infrastructure rating system and many other related topics. These slides were developed by Frank Sherkow, PE, ENV SP, F.ASCE and others who are experts in design and construction, Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) and/or members of the ISI Academic Committee. While these are not official Envision™ training materials, they contain accurate, up-to-date information on the rating system and you are invited to use them in your classroom, for conferences, and other venues. We just ask that you acknowledge the authors as the source. This slide show can be used in various parts or for the basis for a quarter or semester long course. It covers a wide range of issues that examine the necessity for more sustainable planning, design, construction and operations of the infrastructure. It also examines various laws, codes of ethics, regulations, and rating systems related to sustainability.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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