Okay I went off the rails a little bit in regards to the new ASCE rating system, but let me explain my point of view.
I am all for improving the environment and using the private sector as the economic engine is a great idea. What I object to is the current marketing models, let me explain.
Imagine I start a non-profit. I sell memberships and make members “certified” environmental professionals. Then I take the money from my members and lobby owners (the federal government) to adopt my criteria for projects.
Now if you want to work on a federal project you need to be a certified member of my non-profit. If you want to provide materials for the project you have to have certified materials. (Certified by me of course)
Now lets say you don’t want to join my non-profit, well then you cannot work on “certified” projects. Lets say I don’t want you in my non-profit, well I can turn you down and who will you appeal to? I’m a private entity. I just convinced owners to place a rider on the project mandating you follow my rules. Nothing illegal about that.
I’m sure I can work on LEEDs mandated projects….well no, I’m not a member. Can I do the engineering necessary, sure, but I’m not a member. LEEDs is not a governmental organization. It is a private organization, who can set criteria, that you have to follow to work on certain projects.
Will these organizations improve the environment. Sure, of course, but I object to the closed shop nature of the organization.
I’m thinking I can start a non-profit for bridge engineers. I will develop criteria and tests that engineers will have to pass to be TGB certified. Now if I can convince owners they should only hire tallbridgeguy certified bridge designers on their projects, I can set design policy.
Not certified by tallbridgeguy? Well tough, better join if you want to work…..
Now I must go and put on my tin foil hat….
What do you think am I crazy?