Sustainability PDHs

Beginning in 2015 (for 2016 renewals), AGP will require Diplomates to obtain 2 professional development hours (PDHs) per year in the area of sustainable infrastructure in order to maintain their certification. Up to 2 PDHs can be carried forward to a subsequent renewal cycle. There are a number of ways to obtain these PDHs. We have summarized just a few to help you with your planning.

ASCE Live and Archived Webinars

Several on-demand web courses are available which can be used to meet this requirement, specifically:

Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Webinars

Other Seminars and Webinars

Many organizations, including universities, offer live seminars or webinars that teach principles of sustainability. AGP will recognize training in general sustainability principles and courses that focus on the planning, design, and operation of infrastructure, but not courses focused on corporate operations and building design.

Organizations that may offer acceptable courses include:

  • The Sustainability Learning Center
  • Center for Sustainable Engineering
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison Office of Sustainability
  • Harvard Extension School
  • The International Society of Sustainability Professionals

Sustainability Sessions at Conferences

The 2014 Geo-Congress, "Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability", will offer several sessions focused on sustainability directed specifically to the Geo-Profession. A 2016 Specialty Conference will have a similar theme.

In addition, the ASCE Annual Conference, other Geo- Institute conferences and specialty conferences, and various technical engineering conferences often have sessions focused on infrastructure sustainability.


ASCE Journals often contain articles focused on sustainable infrastructure. A selection of 20 of these articles will be archived for your use. Many other organizations, such as the Natural Edge Project, have books and other publications focused on sustainable engineering.

AGP recognizes the self-study of four Journal articles or book chapters as the equivalent of one PDH credit (with a limit of 2 PDHs per year). Please keep documentation of all self-study work.

Below is a list of some articles that can be used for self-study:

A Quantitative Sustainability Indicator System for Pile Foundations

Assessing Sustainability of Pipeline Projects Using Envision Rating System

Carbon Footprint Evaluation of Clay Liner Options at a Coal Combustion Residual Disposal Facility

Chemical Amendment of Excavated Trench Material for Sustainable Reuse

Climate Change and Transportation Engineering: Preparing for a Sustainable Future

Durability Characteristics of Sustainable Pervious Pavement Materials

Engineering with the Elements

Geotechnical Trends for Sustainable and Constructible Solutions

Green Remediation of Soil and Groundwater by Electrochemical Methods

Infrastructure Sustainability Assessment: A Systematic Approach

Innovative Uses of Quarry Waste and Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement

Moving Towards Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering

Potential Impact of Climate Change on the GeoEnvironment

Potential Use of Recycled Rubberized CLSM as Bridge Approach Backfill

Port of Long Beach Sustainable Design and Construction Guidelines

Project-Level Assessment of Environmental Impact: Ecosystem Services Approach to Sustainable Management and Development

Quality of Life, Sustainable Civil Infrastructure, and Sustainable Development: Strategically Expanding Choice

Quantitative Support for a Qualitative Foundation Reuse Assessment Tool

Recycled Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Modulus Evaluation Using Surface Waves

Sustainability and Resilience of Underground Urban Infrastructure: New Approaches to Metrics and Formalism

Sustainable Approach to Underground Metro Rail Structures for Longer Service Life

Sustainable Base Course

Sustainable Flowable Fill

Other sources (free):

Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering (link)

Planning for a Sustainable Future (pdf)

Sustainability - Orton Family Foundation (pdf)

Sustainable Design Trends (pdf)

Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering (pdf)