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February Branch Technical Session 2

February 24, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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Liz Parent, CFO, 5engineering, BIO

TOPIC: Introduction to the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Framework

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization that developed and maintains a sustainability rating system for civil infrastructure in the United States. That system, called Envision™, was created by ISI in Washington, DC and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  ISI was founded by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  The founding organizations of ISI have a combined membership of over 250,000 professionals and they represent public sector project owners, designers, planners, and engineers.  The rating system can be briefly described as “LEED for horizontal projects.”

Envision includes two main elements.  First, it includes a professional credentialing program which allows professional designers, planners, engineers to become Envision Sustainability Professionals through an educational program and test.  Second, it includes a project recognition program which may be used by project sponsors to seek and obtain one of four project award levels: Verified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, depending upon the number of credits the project secures from among the 60+ credits available in quality of life, leadership, resource allocation, natural world, and climate and resilience categories.

The presentation will provide background on the creation of ISI; an overview of the Envision rating system; highlights of the credits available; and a description of how project sponsors can seek ISI recognition; and how individuals can become credentialed.   The presentation will also highlight recent developments in Texas and the Houston area regarding the use of Envision to design projects, select consultants, award engineering contracts, and guide design competitions.


Michael Bloom, P.E., ENV SP, CFM BCEE
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