Sustainable Development � A Geotechnical Perspective

by Anand J. Puppala, P.E., Ph.D., (F.ASCE), Distinguished Teaching Professor in Civil Engineering; University of Texas, Arlington, TX,,
Bhaskar C.S. Chittoori, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Assistant Professor; Department of Civil Engineering, Boise State University, ID,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2014, Vol. 18, Issue 1, Pg. 30-34

Document Type: Feature article


Sustainability has become a key factor in major construction projects these days, and many geotechnical engineers have started focusing on the concept. Owners, public agencies, and the public are beginning to realize that sustainability is critical for ensuring the well-being of our world, both now and for future generations. Therefore, they are increasingly willing to dedicate large amounts of resources to understanding and evaluating the social, economic, and environmental impacts of civil construction projects. Further, since the construction industry is considered one of the major consumers of energy worldwide, considering and implementing sustainable practices in construction should positively impact the global energy supply.

Subject Headings: Sustainable development | Construction management | Project management | Geotechnical engineering | Energy consumption | Social factors | Power supply


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