The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada (ACEC) has launched a sustainable development resource for consulting engineers and owners of public and private infrastructure in its report on sustainability measurement systems for engineering projects.
The Sustainable Development for Canadian Consulting Engineers report explains the role engineers play in ensuring a sustainable future, and identifies proven practices and tools developed by the engineering community around the world that will help consulting engineers and their clients achieve sustainable projects.
“As an industry, and as a country, it is imperative that we both promote practices that serve today’s needs and those of future generations," said John Gamble, ACEC president, in an April 23, 2014 statement about the report.
The report states that “engineering projects are beginning to have added dimensions. Sustainability has placed additional demands on design objectives and indeed on the whole process of project delivery. Nevertheless, the list of critical issues to be addressed to achieve sustainability remains highly varied – particularly in Canada.”
The report's author and internationally recognized authority on sustainability, Dr. John Boyd, believes that “Canada has an opportunity to be a world leader in environmentally sustainable projects that meet the needs of today's modern economy. Those twin goals are not mutually exclusive. Delivering the infrastructure our economy needs in a manner which takes future generations' needs into account is increasingly viable.”
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies -Canada represents companies in Canada that provide professional engineering services to both public and private-sector clients. These services include the planning, design and execution of all types of engineering projects, as well as providing independent advice and expertise in a wide range of engineering and engineering-related fields. For more information about ACEC, please visit www.acec.ca.