The National Academy Releases New Report

Friday, April 3, 2009

National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies releases a report "Sustainable Critical Infrastructure Systems: A Framework for Meeting 21st Century Imperatives". The NRC appointed an ad hoc committee of experts to identify and frame fundamental challenges in moving toward critical infrastructure systems that are physically, economically, and environmentally sustainable. This report summarizes the committee's findings after gathering industry experts for an interactive workshop in May 2007.

The report suggests that a new paradigm is needed for the renewal of critical infrastructure systems such as water, wastewater, power, transportation, and telecommunications. It describes a framework for identifying new approaches, technologies, and financing mechanisms to develop sustainable systems for the 21st century. Elements of the framework include developing a broad national vision, a focus on providing essential services, and the use of collaborative, systems-based approaches.