Sustainability

CSCE Guidelines For Sustainable Development: “Entrusted To Our Care”

Authored by Alan Perks, Brian Burrell, Bob Korol, Ata Khan, Jean Heroux, and Laurie Ford, Members of the CSCE Task Force on the updating of the CSCE Guidelines on Sustainable Development.

This document presents the CSCE Guidelines for Sustainable Development, updated in 2006, in response to changing issues and Civil Engineering needs. The revised guidelines are intended to assist today’s civil engineering community to practice their profession in the most sustainable manner possible.

The main focus is to instill the concepts of sustainability and life-cycle assessment into the planning, design and operation of civil infrastructure, and in this way promote the development of new technologies and management practices for minimizing the use of energy, non-renewable resources, and the production of waste material.

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University of Toronto’s “A Promise To Future Generations”

The CSCE Toronto Section is proud to support and promote the University of Toronto’s initiative “A Promise To Future Generations.”

A Promise to Future Generations

The Promise to Future Generations is a student-driven initiative that was started in 2009 by a group of civil engineering students. It was adapted from a document written by Jacques Cousteau in the 1970’s entitled “Bill of Rights for Future Generations”. A Promise to Future Generations is a voluntary promise – an active choice made by those who believe they have a duty to protect the rights of future generations to enjoy this bountiful earth.

The aim this initiative is to drive a paradigm shift. We need to look beyond “me” and “now” to ensure we are considering the needs of future generations in all of our decisions. The act of signing the Promise is only the first step in this process. Signatories have an opportunity to join a community of like-minded colleagues to share innovative ideas, provide advice and encouragement through difficult decisions.

The Signing Ceremony

Those who choose to commit to this promise will participate in a Signing Ceremony to declare the Promise with like-minded peers and future colleagues.  The inaugural Signing Ceremony was held June 19, 2009 and to date over 170 graduating students, professors, staff, and industry representatives have signed the Promise. This year the Signing Ceremony will be held on June 19 from 5:30-6:30pm at 35 St. George Street, Room GB202.

The promise can be viewed here.

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