In-House News: Sustainability Certification for Infrastructure Projects
In-House News: Sustainability Certification for Infrastructure Projects
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In-House News: Sustainability Certification for Infrastructure Projects
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Infrastructure projects in line for sustainability credentials have been something of a square peg tapping at the round hole of the LEED program.

Infrastructure projects in line for sustainability credentials have been something of a square peg tapping at the round hole of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

"While the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system has become a successful standard for new construction and facility renovation, it just doesn't fit well with large infrastructure projects," says Ron Coker, general manager of Burns & McDonnell's Water Group. "Our clients have been looking for something to fill this role."

The EnvisionTM program is a new initiative from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), a not-for-profit effort of the American Public Works Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Envision rating program is the product of collaboration with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

"We chose to become a charter member of ISI to build support for a program that will help our clients achieve sustainability goals," Coker says. "We are committed to having 100 of our professionals credentialed in the first year of our membership."

Introduced to the industry about a year ago, Envision is gaining traction around the country.

"Envision provides a framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental and economic benefits of infrastructure projects, regardless of size and type," says William Bertera, ISI executive director. "It evaluates, grades and recognizes infrastructure projects that use transformational, collaborative approaches to achieve sustainability over the course of a project's life cycle."

For more information, contact Ron Coker, 816-822-3082.

To learn more about Envision, visit www.sustainableinfrastructure.org.

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