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On the Road to A Sustainable Infrastructure: Part 1— Defining Our Responsibilities

Sustainable principles in balance create a three-legged stool often referred to as the “Triple Bottom Line”

Abstract: This article, the first of a three-part series, introduces the need to incorporate sustainability into infrastructure design. We begin with how sustainability is defined and why it is important to include its three responsibilities—social well-being, environmental stewardship, and economic prosperity—into decision-making and design for infrastructure projects. Highlights of NEWEA’s sustainability survey conducted earlier in 2019 are also presented.

Authors: Wayne Bates, Ph.D., PE, ENV SP, Tighe & Bond, Courtney Eaton, PE, ENV SP, Kleinfelder,
Meredith Zona, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Stantec

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