Geosynthetics beneficially improve the sustainability of infrastructure. They extend road service lives, reduce the dependence on aggregates, conserve water resources, minimize land disturbance, control soil erosion, protect groundwater, etc.

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has been engaged with sustainability interests for much of the last decade, through publications, events, lectures, and member participation in high-level research. In 2018, IGS Vice President Dr. Natalie Touze delivered the quadrennial Giroud Lecture on connections between the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and geosynthetic materials in infrastructure. This watershed moment led the Society in 2019 to formalize its commitment to the promotion of sustainable development through the creation of a Sustainability Committee; to launch a Sustainability eBook in 2020 on the 50th Earth Day celebration; and to greatly expand the Sustainability Committee’s involvement in the IGS and the international engineering community in 2021.
Did You Know …?
IGS eBook on Geosynthetics & Sustainability

French Edition (PDF)

Geosynthetics for Sustainable Development (Videos)
Dr. Nathalie Touze’s Giroud Lecture

Healing the World: A Geosynthetics Solution (IGS video story)

Additional Sustainability Resources
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Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) White Paper #44

Relative Sustainability of Road Construction/Repair: Conventional Materials versus Geosynthetic Materials.

United Nations Sustainability Goals

Additional Sustainability Resources
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