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FEATURE ARTICLE
Lab work in an engineering course
SUSTAINABILITY IN ACADEMICS:
What Shapes Graduates' Skills with Sustainability?
Sustainability is at the core of
On any given day, a simple check of the
news will turn up stories related to
sustainability, resiliency, climate, or
human or natural disaster. In recent
years, the winter power grid failure in
Texas, the Surfside Condo collapse,
unsafe drinking water in Flint, Michigan,
the Oroville Dam spillway failure,
wildfires and flooding (to name a few)
have appeared in the U.S. news cycle. As
a result, young people are aware of the
problems and challenges facing the
nation and the world and want to be part
of creating sustainable solutions for
society. Many choose to major in civil
engineering because of a desire to make
a difference, address climate change,
and develop sustainable and resilient
infrastructure for the future.
modern civil engineering practice. In its
Policy Statement 418, the American
Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
explains sustainability is a set of
conditions where human society can
indefinitely keep and enhance quality of
life without deteriorating economic,
environmental and social resources.
Sustainability is an integral part of the
technical outcomes identified in the
ASCE Body of Knowledge and features
prominently in the ethical responsibilities
of engineers based on the latest
version of the ASCE Code of Ethics. Thus,
to prepare graduates for successful and
ethical engineering practice, civil
engineering programs must provide
instruction in how to account for social,
AUTHOR Craig M. Shillaber, Ph.D., P.E., Northeastern University
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environmental and economic constraints
in design. Since the deep
foundations industry is integral to the
broader civil engineering and construction
fields and is responsible for
supporting critical infrastructure on
which human society depends,
sustainability should be a key consideration
in foundations projects. Given
the importance of sustainability within
civil, geotechnical and foundation
engineering, it is worthwhile for the
deep foundations industry to consider
where and how engineers are trained in
sustainability topics through higher
education at the undergraduate and
graduate level, and what is driving
sustainability content in civil and
geotechnical engineering curricula.

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