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Many of the issues engineers struggle with can be traced back to the current laws and regulations of our government(s).
i.e., Federal, State, County, Town.
Why not lead a group within your ASCE section to identify issues, and then collectively write to your representative(s)?
And/or, do so yourself?
This is a great question, and three suggestions that intersect with civil engineers come to mind. The first is the resiliency of the nation's housing stock to natural disasters. Regardless of one's views on climate change, storms, floods, and fires are making insurance unaffordable to many or, in some cases, no longer available. The second is the resiliency of the power grid. There is no spare capacity; the specter of thousands without power for weeks and months is not beyond reason. The third is the reigning monarch n the cost and time spiral that makes train and rapid transit projects unaffordable or practically impossible. This also requires a culture change, but the answer is not building wider highways.
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