This book provides a foundation to understand the development of sustainability in civil engineering, and tools to address the three pillars of sustainability: economics, environment, and society. It includes case studies in the five major areas of civil engineering: environmental, structural, geotechnical, transportation, and construction management. This second edition is updated throughout and adds new chapters on construction engineering as well as an overview of the most common certification programs that revolve around environmental sustainability.



  • Updated throughout and adds two entirely new chapters
  • Presents a review of the most common certification programs in sustainability
  • Offers a blend of numerical and writing-based problems, as well as numerous application-based examples that utilize concepts found on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Includes several practical case studies
  • Offers a solution manual for instructors


Fundamentals of Sustainability in Civil Engineering is intended for upper-level civil engineering sustainability courses. A unique feature is that concepts found in the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam were targeted to help senior-level students refresh and prepare.

chapter 1|12 pages

Introduction to Sustainability

chapter 2|16 pages


Economic Sustainability

chapter 3|30 pages


Environmental Sustainability

chapter 4|28 pages


Social Sustainability

chapter 5|34 pages


Environmental Sustainability

chapter 6|26 pages


Geotechnical Sustainability

chapter 7|22 pages


Structural Sustainability

chapter 8|24 pages


Transportation Sustainability

chapter 9|30 pages


Construction Management

chapter 10|27 pages

Sustainable Certification Programs

chapter 11|6 pages

Tomorrow’s Sustainability