Special Issue "Sustainability in Geotechnics: The Use of Environmentally Friendly Materials"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Castorina Silva Vieira
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
Interests: sustainable geotechnics; management of construction and demolition waste; construction and demolition recycled materials; geosynthetic reinforced soil structures; soil–geosynthetic interaction; seismic behavior of geosynthetic reinforced systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, one of the biggest challenges facing civil engineers is the design and construction of sustainable structures and infrastructures. Geotechnical engineering, as a branch of civil engineering, can significantly contribute to sustainable development in the construction industry implementing environmentally-friendly and cost-effective solutions.

The need to reduce the exploitation of nonrenewable resources is unquestionable today. Moreover, the increase in waste valorization and reuse of waste materials are undoubtedly important steps forward for environmental sustainability. Geotechnical design being part of typical civil engineering projects can play a major role in the sustainability of built environment. For all of these reasons, this Special Issue has been proposed, focusing on the use of environmentally-friendly materials in geotechnical solutions, highlighting the relevance of geotechnics in reducing our carbon footprint.

The purpose of this Special Issue of Sustainability is to collect and publish original research papers pointing out the use of sustainable materials in geotechnics.

Prof. Dr. Castorina Silva Vieira
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Sustainable geotechnics
  • Sustainable reuse of waste materials
  • Environmentally friendly geotechnical materials
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Recycled aggregates
  • Eco-friendly ground improvement techniques
  • Industrial wastes for soil stabilization
  • Sustainable solutions using geosynthetics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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