Technical Chapters and Committees

The Colorado Section includes five technical chapters and committees to encourage additional interaction among engineers within a specific discipline: Transportation, Geotechnical, Structural, Environmental & Water, and Sustainability. Please consider becoming more involved in the technical group that matches your professional interests.

Technical chapters and committees coordinate targeted lectures and events, organize field trips, and have special break out sessions at the monthly section meetings. Contact the technical group chair (see the Officers page) if you have event suggestions or topics you would like to hear about.

Awards Committee

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Chapter of the Transportation & Development Institute (TD&I)

GROUP EVENTS

See Event Calendar for more information.

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Environmental & Water Resources Institute

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GROUP PHOTO GALLERIES
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West Denver Trout Unlimited (2008)
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Reservoir Field Trip (2006)

Geo-Institute Chapter

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Governmental Affairs Committee

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History and Heritage Committee

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Structural Engineering Institute

GROUP EVENTS

The SEI Chapter is currently holding monthly technical meetings. See the Section Event Calendar for more information.

GROUP NOTES

For more information, send an email to: sei.colorado.chapter@gmail.com.

Sustainability Committee

GROUP EVENTS

Sustainability Symposium “Importance of Integrating Sustainability into Infrastructure Development
7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday, May 23, 2016 

GROUP NOTES

Sustainability Definition adopted by the Colorado Section – “Be Civil, Be Green”
 
The Colorado Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) definition of sustainability holds that human activity and development are necessary and desirable, but must be done responsibly. 
 
Sustainability is 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 society, or the quantity, quality, or the availability of natural resources and ecosystems.
 
Sustainable development is the process of applying natural, human, and economic resources to enhance the safety, welfare, and quality of life for all. Civil engineers have a duty to their clients and society to incorporate sustainable design, purpose and ethics in their work. Development should contribute to its surrounding natural environment, seek sensible restoration, and improve social and economic conditions.
 
This approach will help lead to the goals of appropriately balancing and enhancing the environment, economic and social conditions, and increasing the availability of natural resources, so as to not limit opportunities for future generations.
 
Description
 
The Colorado Section of ASCE Sustainability Committee presents sustainability issues of our professions, the Section, and the national ASCE Committee on Sustainability (COS).  Any ASCE member is welcome to participate in the meetings and volunteer in the committee’s activities. 
 
Mission
 
The Sustainability Committee is charged with four main tasks.  These are the following:
 

  1. To partner with all the Section Technical Groups to identify speakers that incorporate an aspect of sustainability in their presentations.
  2. To provide professional development and leadership in the area of sustainability to the Section membership.
  3. To desseminate and promote to the Section membership ASCE national COS projects and issues.
  4. To provide input to the Section leadership team on government legislation relating to sustainability issues.

 
Goals
 
The Sustainability Committee has a number of goals and projects.  These are the following:
 

  • Involve the Section membership by consensus in establishing a sustainability definition, modeled after the ASCE national COS definition, that fits our Section and our region’s issues.
  • When draft legislation is debated at the state or local level, the committee will work with the Government and Public Affairs Committee to draft position papers on issues that relate to sustainability.  Position papers may be sent to bill sponsors or to the membership to contact their own representatives.
  • Develop alliances and partnerships with organizations similar to ASCE or devoted to aspects of sustainability, such as economics, social sciences, or environmentalism.
  • Develop criteria for a Section-level sustainable project award, modeled after the national COS.
  • Develop criteria for presenting case studies in the Section newsletter or at monthly meetings, modeled after the national COS.
  • Promote among the Section membership new ASCE project certification and professional certification programs.
  • Plan and hold a regional sustainability symposium.
  • Arrange at least one field trip to a site or project that exemplifies notable sustainability achievements. 
  • Contact Steve Fisher, Chair, for more information at stephen.fisher@tetratech.com or sustainability@coloradoasce.org

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