ISI Reaches Over 1,000 Envision™ Sustainability Professionals Credentialed Milestone
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that it has reached the major milestone of over 1,000 Envision™ Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) from across North America who have been credentialed in the use of the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system. These ISI credentialed practitioners are trained to use the Envision rating system as a guide to address sustainability dimensions in the design, construction, and operation of an infrastructure project. ENV SPs work together with project design teams from both the public and private sectors to provide technical expertise and guide the team on ways of improving the sustainability metrics of projects.
Since the launch of Envision in 2012, over 400 companies, public agencies, and universities have provided applications for credentialing their organization’s sustainability professionals. Public sector sustainability professionals account for about 20% of the total credentialed. “The two largest public agencies that have credentialed the highest number of ENV SPs to date are the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LA County DPW), and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP),” said ISI Executive Director Bill Bertera.
“The agencies with credentialed ENV SPs are better able to analyze and evaluate the levels of infrastructure sustainability, which includes the economic, environmental and social aspects of the triple-bottom line in their community projects,” Bertera said. “Infrastructure owners are seeking ways of meeting their sustainability goals and also creating public confidence in the process of civil infrastructure development,” he said. “Envision meets this need, as an in-depth planning guide and rating system used to improve the sustainability aspects of infrastructure projects.”
“The Envision rating system provides a comprehensive framework for creating more sustainable communities,” said Director of the Los Angeles County Public Works Department, Gail Farber. “For Los Angeles County Public Works, ensuring that our engineers are fully trained on the system is mission critical.”
Half of the over 1,000 Envision sustainability professionals are from companies that have 10 or more credentialed ENV SPs, indicating significant interest, support, and investment from leaders in the industry. Private sector companies include, ARCADIS, Arup, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Gannett Fleming, HDR, HNTB Corporation, Psomas, Stantec, and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) are already on the fast track to high numbers of sustainability professionals who have been Envision credentialed.
VHB President Bob Brustlin shared his thoughts on how the dedication to ISI and to credentialing employees is a natural fit for the company, “Sustainability is at the core of who we are and what we do at VHB. Being a leader in the Envision process helps us in two ways. First, it is the right thing to do. Envision is the most highly supported and sophisticated tool for evaluating sustainability of horizontal projects. Second, it is good for business. We are already seeing client RFPs that include the Envision rating for projects and we will be ready to address our clients’ Envision rating needs with our nearly 100 Envision SPs.”
The Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system is applicable to all types, sizes and complexities of civil and private infrastructure, and is already providing useful sustainability ratings in infrastructure projects such as stormwater management, roads, watershed projects, water and wastewater, airports, and rail systems.
Canadian-based Stantec is also working to credential 100 of its employees as ENV SPs for upcoming sustainable infrastructure projects. “Stantec is committed to infrastructure renewal with emphasis on integrated, systemic design. Envision offers our clients the framework to holistically evaluate and defensibly choose options that simultaneously meet their environmental, economic and social commitments,” said Stantec Vice President and Practice Leader of Sustainable Development, Marty Janowitz, MES ENV SP.
ISI launched the Envision tool as a new comprehensive sustainable infrastructure system to assist planners, designers, owners and builders to plan, construct, operate and rate infrastructure to increasing levels of sustainability and resource efficiency.
For more information about the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system, please visit: www.sustainableinfrastructure.org or contact Jenn Rivers at: rivers@SustainableInfrastructure.org. For media queries, contact Laura Bynum, ISI Media Relations/Communications Manager at email@example.com.
Envision™ is the product of a joint collaboration between ISI which was founded by three national engineering associations (ASCE, ACEC, APWA), and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Information on all of ISI and Envision™ can be found on the ISI website.