About ASCE and the History of the Report Card
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 139,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. By developing leadership, advancing technology, promoting the value of civil engineering and advocating lifelong learning, ASCE enables its members, partners and the public to improve our infrastructure and build a better quality of life.

In 1998, ASCE introduced the first Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which examined the condition of our nation’s infrastructure, its performance, funding and capacity versus need. Areas such as aviation, energy, transportation and drinking water were analyzed and assigned grades based on these criteria, and ASCE provided action items and recommendations for improvement.

Since its initial release, the national Report Card has been updated twice (2001 and 2005) and has been endorsed by such groups as the American Public Works Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association and the Water Infrastructure Network. The Society has also encouraged its Sections and Branches to develop regionally-focused reports that evaluate infrastructure at the state or local level.

In May 2006, ASCE’s Central Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Sections released the first statewide Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure, providing regional information, assessments and recommendations for 10 key infrastructure areas: aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, navigable waterways, public parks and recreation, rail, roads, transit and wastewater.

Additional resources and information are available at:
Report Card for America’s Infrastructure

ASCE Sections:
Central Pennsylvaniawww.asce-pa.org
Lehigh Valleyhttp://sections.asce.org/lehigh
Pittsburgh www.asce-pgh.org
ASCE Nationalwww.asce.org