Infrastructure Sustainability

The infrastructure Sustainability Action Group is home to three subgroups: Buildings Infrastructure and Sustainability; Transportation Infrastructure and Sustainability, and Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Sustainability. If you have questions about this Action Group or its subgroups, or if you would like more information about becoming involved, please contact the following:

Buildings Infrastructure Sustainability: Kent Jackson 

Transportation Infrastructure and Sustainability: David Charters

Water/Wastewater Infrastructure and Sustainability: Monroe Huckaby

Purpose Statement

PENC needs to be in a leadership position regarding North Carolina’s infrastructure and the sustainability of that infrastructure. No other organization in the state offers a professional perspective on the full diversity of infrastructure elements. The group will be guided by the premise that the State’s infrastructure must be robust, sustainable, and conducive for economic development for the state to compete on a national stage for standard of living for its citizens and attractiveness for businesses and talent.


The Infrastructure Sustainability Action Group will use the collective engineering resources of our profession to examine where to focus efforts on improving infrastructure and moving towards sustainable outcomes. The group will engage partner organizations and utilize our statewide leaders and policy makers to provide focus on the key infrastructure objectives for our state while providing engineering based support for these objectives. Goals of this group are to identify emerging technologies, research and gather data on the infrastructure issues of today using technologies of tomorrow and provide lawmakers with the information they need to make important decisions.


The term infrastructure moves beyond just concrete and steel. This group will explore aspects of tangible and intangible infrastructure in today’s society including, transportation, energy, healthcare facilities, schools and education, cyber communications and water resources. Improved infrastructure and sustainability leads to economic growth in the region as corporations look to establishing major facilities throughout the country.

Group members will engage in conversations with group and community leaders, compiling research and data that are then used to educate political leaders in moving toward a more sustainable future

Action Group Mission(s)

  • Review and evaluate the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card
  • Assess the ASCE process and determine what infrastructure elements are not appropriately examined
  • Compare with adjacent state scoring to evaluate NC's ranking in comparison
  • Using the data from the established report card system, develop an actionable position paper to engage with lawmakers, stakeholders, and the public
  • Engage with stakeholder groups who are proponents of sound and sustainable infrastructure (e.g. NC Chamber of Commerce, NCSU) to define common opportunities to promote.
  • Establish a plan for educating members and public sector clients on the new Design Build/Public Private partnership law.
  • Review pending legislative action with Betsy Bailey to establish proactive positions of key upcoming legislative issues

Success Measures

  • Development of a communication tool, using ASCE report card as starting point, for infrastructure needs in NC
  • Identification and Alignment with key stakeholders (three)
  • Development of a "hit team" on all infrastructure and sustainability issue to be drawn upon by Betsy Bailey as issue arise in the state legislature