Research in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Its Sustainability Implications for Business

The practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering is rapidly changing.

Modern built infrastructure systems are increasingly distributed, hybrid, and multifunctional, demanding more automation, control, digitization, and understanding of human behavior. Climate change is increasing the variability of the conditions under which our infrastructure systems must operate, requiring flexibility and resilience to be essential design goals. These trends are enabling new opportunities for businesses to serve previously untapped markets in the U.S. and internationally and they must be sought in tandem with addressing equity challenges.

This conference will focus on the design and management of new climate-smart and climate-adaptive infrastructure systems and their integration for energy, water, transportation, buildings, and other sectors as well as effective policies, and business and financing models to accelerate their adoption.

Topics of interest include:

  • Public/private partnerships for infrastructure financing and operation
  • Climate impact bonds and other carbon-market centric financing Equity-related implications of infrastructure investments, including how to incentivize equity in infrastructure services
  • Decarbonization and resilience of infrastructure with a human-centric approach
  • The role of institutional finance, including long-term investors in achieving more sustainable, resilient infrastructure
  • Coupled smart city sensing, AI, and performance modeling to support short- and long-term financial risk assessment of smart city investments

Event Details


February 24–25, 2023


Stanford University campus

Call for Papers

Conference Application

The conference will be limited to 70 attendees in order to allow for in-depth discussion and exchange of ideas. You will be notified of your acceptance beginning on November 11.

Conference Organizers

UPS Foundation Professor and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

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