Sustainable development

Sustainable Development Committee


The SDC provides leadership and expertise to the CSCE with respect to sustainable development and in particular with respect to sustainable engineering practice.


(1) CSCE Guidelines for Sustainable Development

Further developments and promotion of the guidelines are being planned such as mini lecture tours and contact with various governments, universities and other organizations.

 S.D. Committee Areas of Interest:

  • Water and Energy Conservation
  • Sustainable Transportation (e.g., Mass Transit Systems)
  • LEED/Green Planning and Urban Development
  • Sustainable Material Use (construction of roads, embankment, dams, etc)
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Northern Canada Development
  • Brownfield Remediation
  • Naturalized Stormwater Management (e.g., Porous Pavements, Constructed Wetlands)
  • International Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Disaster Mitigation Planning
  • Resource Conservation and Efficiency
  • Integrated Waste Management
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Historical Building Conversion and Renovation
  • Green Building Design (e.g., Roof Gardens, recycle and use of materials, energy efficiency, high SRI materials)

Tools and Approaches to Sustainable Development:

  • Environmental Life Cycle Analyses
  • Material Flow Analyses
  • Full-cost Accounting
  • Economic Life Cycle Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Planning and Monitoring
  • Sustainability Indicators



  • Chair, SDC: Edwin Tam, Ph.D., P.Eng.