Saudi Aramco’s Ajyal Community Development Project is First in Middle East to Earn Envision Award

Saudi Aramco’s Ajyal Community of Excellence project located in South Dhahran, Saudi Arabia is the first infrastructure project in the Middle East to earn an Envision award for sustainable infrastructure. This project is the recent recipient of the Envision Silver award—an award that signifies the project delivers a range of environmental, social, and economic benefits to the host and affected communities.

The Ajyal Community of Excellence project, known locally as the South Dhahran Home Ownership Program, includes site planning, selection, preparation, environmental monitoring; and design and construction of the infrastructure for the new Ajyal community.

The overall goals of the Ajyal Community Development project include:

  • Promoting a high quality of life by including pedestrian and bicycle paths, attractive landscaping, and public open spaces for residents;
  • Demonstrating leadership in environmental design by optimizing land use and balancing economic, social, and environmental considerations;
  • Smartly locating and constructing utilities and infrastructure to serve the needs of the community today, while also planning for future growth;
  • Creating opportunities for significant commercial and residential development in an area that was previously barren; and
  • Utilizing resources efficiently—including energy, water and materials—during construction and over the operational life of the project.

Saudi Aramco worked in close collaboration with Nesma & Partners, HOK and IBI to deliver this award-winning sustainable project.

Visit the PROJECT PAGE to learn more.

ENV SP Spotlight: Michael Bloom

 

Michael Bloom, PE, ENV SP, BCEE, CFM is the Sustainability Practice Manager at R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc., in Houston, Texas.  He is responsible for wetlands, natural resources work, nature-based stormwater management, and surface water quality management projects. He has 28 years of experience in environmental consulting.

ISI staff had the chance to connect with Michael, and he provided the following insights from his career:

Professional Experience

What drew you to your field of work?

I have always had a keen interest in “making a difference” while applying science and engineering knowledge and skills.  I’d read articles in the late 1980s about Superfund clean-ups and a company called Roy F. Weston, Inc. doing projects like that. This piqued my interest, and I got to work for Roy F. Weston, Inc. back in the early 1990s.

What has been your biggest career challenge?

One one project I needed to deliver a complex information technology (IT) solution to a state agency on time, on budget, and while meeting client expectations about how the system would function.  A working IT solution was ultimately delivered, but the client was dissatisfied, the budget was overrun, and the technology team was exhausted. I learned that information technology projects are extremely challenging to deliver and that every consultant sometimes has a project that fails to make a profit.

What has been your proudest career moment?

organized and conducted a pre-conference workshop at a national conference on watershed management.  It was particularly rewarding to have the workshop sell out and generate lots of positive feedback from attendees.

Envision Experience

Why did you decide to pursue an Envision credential?

I saw that it was backed by ACEC, APWA, and ASCE – all large, well established organizations. I thought that adoption would take off and I felt that I needed to get credentialed or I would be left behind.

How are you using Envision?

I have been advocating for its use in the Houston region since 2010.  I helped secure resolutions of support for its use by Houston Wilderness, the North Houston Association, and the West Houston Association.  As an ISI trainer, I’m now among those training private sector practitioners as well as people who work for the Harris County Engineering Department, after the department announced they would be moving forward with its use on projects.  As an ISI trained Verifier, I’ve reviewed two large projects that have completed the entire process.

Could you share some highlights from an Envision project?

I helped teach a class in Advanced Sustainable Design at Rice University. We had the class use Envision to evaluate the sustainability of three different storm surge protection options for the Houston metropolitan area. The total Envision credit score was determined for all three options.  Through this evaluation, the students discovered that the net embodied carbon of all three barrier systems were not insignificant. Student groups used the entire Envision credit system to evaluate the three barrier options and present their findings in a report and in a presentation.

Fun Facts

What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests?

I enjoy science fiction, helping my wife in the garden, the ancient eastern board game of “GO.”

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I am a sucker for almost any type of cat or dog. We currently have 3 cats and 1 dog at home. I drive my wife to a particular garden-supply place in town — that usually has rescue kittens and puppies for adoption – just so I can pet them.

Melissa Peneycad Appointed to Managing Director

Melissa Peneycad

Washington, DC – May 28, 2019 – the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa Peneycad to the role of Managing Director. 

Melissa has been with ISI since 2016 in the capacity of Director, Sustainable Projects. She had been Acting Managing Director since March 11.

“Melissa has been instrumental in growing and developing the Envision verification program – a program which now boasts more than $20 billion of infrastructure development as being Envision verified, and an additional $30 billion of infrastructure registered and under review,” said Anthony Kane, President & CEO.  “Her commitment to ISI in recent years has been crucial to the organization’s development, and I look forward to continuing to work with her and the rest of the ISI team to realize a new vision of further developing the organization and supporting the sustainable infrastructure communities in the U.S., Canada, and overseas.”

In her new role, Melissa will develop and manage strategic partnerships and outreach efforts and will continue to lead the Envision verification program. Her new role takes effect immediately.

 

Anthony Kane Appointed President & CEO

Washington, DC – The Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Kane as President & CEO.  He had been acting in the role since March 5.

John Williams, Chair of the Board of Directors – “The Board is happy to appoint Anthony and believe he is the right choice as ISI looks to grow and support the sustainable infrastructure community. We look forward to his leadership.”

Anthony Kane has been with ISI for many years and most recently distinguished himself in the role of Managing Director. He came to ISI from the Harvard University Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, and has been instrumental in the creation, launch and growth of the Envision program—ISI’s framework that supports higher performance through more sustainable choices in infrastructure development. ISI has now credentialed over 8,000 Envision Sustainability Professionals and issued Envision awards for over $20 billion in sustainable infrastructure. Another $30 billion in infrastructure projects are registered and pursuing Envision awards.

Anthony Kane, President & CEO – “This is an exciting time for ISI and the Envision community. Having been involved since ISI’s inception I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished together over the years, and look forward to further growth and development.”

Anthony’s appointment is effective immediately.  Please join me in congratulating Anthony and welcoming him to his new leadership role.

John Williams
Chair of the Board of Directors
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

OC Streetcar

The OC Streetcar project, managed by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), recently earned an Envision Silver rating for sustainable infrastructure. This is the 15th Envision-verified project in the state, and the first modern streetcar project in California to receive Envision recognition.

The project helps OCTA and the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove reach their goals to increase transportation options and improve transit connectivity. The $407.7 million project, which is expected to begin operation in 2022, will operate along a 4.15-mile route that connects the bustling Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) — providing regional rail, OCTA bus, and intercity and international bus services — to a new multimodal hub at Harbor Boulevard/Westminster Avenue in Garden Grove.

Learn more about the project by visiting the PROJECT PAGE.

Itinerario ferroviario Napoli-Bari, tratta Frasso Telesino-S. Lorenzo

The Itinerario ferroviario Napoli-Bari, tratta Frasso Telesino-S. Lorenzo project, otherwise known as the Frasso Telesino-San Lorenzo Maggiore section of the Naples-Bari Railway Line, is the first project in Europe to earn an Envision award for sustainable infrastructure. This project earned Envision Platinum. The project owner – RFI (Italian Railway Network) – was presented with the award at a first-of-its kind Envision conference hosted in Milan, Italy. Learn more about the project HERE.

Credential Maintenance: Required Courses for 2019

As a part of the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credential maintenance program, ISI prescribes two courses annually that all ENV SPs are required to complete. These courses ensure all ENV SPs have the same foundational understanding of Envision and the current trends within the sustainable infrastructure sector.

Required courses are added to all ENV SPs’ accounts at the beginning of the renewal period. The following two courses were published and are available as the 2019 required courses for ENV SPs whose credential maintenance renewal period began in 2019.

ISI Required Course 2019: The Envision Framework

The purpose of this course is to examine the six components of the Envision framework. Each of the components are presented in detail, providing a comprehensive look at the framework. This course describes the interrelatedness of the components, illustrating how they optimally support the framework together.

ISI Required Course 2019: Sustainable Infrastructure and the Role of Envision

This course provides an overview of the trends impacting the implementation of sustainable infrastructure. Envision is detailed as a framework that can be used to address challenges in the infrastructure sector.

Log in to your ISI account to access these courses. For additional information on how to complete these courses and use the other credential maintenance features of your ISI account, please reference the illustrated Web Tutorial: ENV SP Credential Maintenance.

New Online Course for ENV SPs Available

We are 6 months into our new credential maintenance program and Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) are eager for more courses to continue learning and to meet their credential maintenance requirements.

To meet growing demand for new courses, ISI has recently published a new course titled Beyond the Basics: Envision Verification. This course provides a detailed look at the verification process allowing for a streamlined project review. The first of many new courses to be added to the online library, this course qualifies for one elective, or “user’s choice”, education hour toward maintaining the ENV SP credential. The course is available for purchase in ENV SPs’ accounts. ENV SPs may use their continuing education credit to purchase the course.

Log in to your ISI account to access this course. For additional information on how to purchase this course and use the other new credential maintenance features of your ISI account, reference the illustrated Web Tutorial: ENV SP Credential Maintenance.

It is not too late for ENV SPs to enrol in the credential maintenance program. The enrollment grace period for ENV SPs who originally earned their credential prior to 2018 ends on June 30th, 2019. Enroll today to access the Beyond the Basics: Envision Verification course and other informative courses that will be made available soon.

First Envision Conference and Envision Award in Europe

On May 7th, 2019 in Milan ICMQ along with supporters Stantec, and Civiltà di Cantiere were joined by speakers from RFI (Italian Railway Network), Intesa Sanpaolo, NET Group, e2i, Terna, and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Lorenzo Orsenigo, Managing Director of ICMQ, led the conference with discussing the value of Envision for local communities:

“The infrastructure project must first of all take into account the primary objectives of the community, defining what and how many long-term benefits it can really derive, while improving the liveability of the community. It must also evaluate and integrate the needs, objectives and values ​​of the community, ie it must be able to enhance those characteristics that make it unique and exclusive. However, the analysis of the sustainability of an infrastructure must not be left to chance, but must be carried out with a methodology that takes all aspects into consideration and produces an objective assessment of its impacts”.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the first Envision award in Europe to RFI (Italian Railway Network) for the Frasso Telesino–San Lorenzo Maggiore section of the Naples–Bari Railway Line. Speaking of the diffusion of the Envision Protocol in Italy, Giulia Costagli, Head of Studies and Innovative Projects of the Italian Railway Network, said:

“The Envision certification for the Frasso Telesino–San Lorenzo Maggiore section–the first in the world for an extended railway line, obtained with the highest level achievable, Platinum–is the confirmation of the attention and commitment of the Italian Railway Network  for sustainability, an essential value that directs the strategies and the development of the company’s activities. The teamwork carried out in synergy between RFI and the Campania Region has allowed us to refine some aspects of the design, directing it to be more and more “respectful” of the environment and the territory. RFI will try to apply the Envision protocol also on other projects with the aim of enriching the transport value of its interventions also with greater value for the communities, through savings and the efficient use of the natural resources of the territory crossed ”.

In 2015 ISI partnered with ICMQ to administer Envision in Italy. The ICMQ institute for certification and quality branding for products and services for construction is a non-profit association that encompasses numerous sector associations operating in every part of the construction industry. ICMQ operates in compliance with international, European and Italian standards which regulate the activities of certification bodies, and strives to provide an extremely high quality service. Follow the link to learn more about the Envision Italia initiative.

Left Image, from left to right: Lorenzo Orsinigo, Managing Director ICMQ; Emanuela Sturniolo, South Europe Operations Director Stantec; Anthony Kane, President and CEO ISI; Giulia Costagli, Head of Studies and Innovative Projects RFI; Professor Giuseppe Marotta, University of Sannio.

 

Eagle Creek Airpark Taxiway B

The Eagle Creek Airpark Taxiway B project in Indianapolis, Indiana is the recent recipient of the Envision Bronze award for sustainable infrastructure. This project involves the rehabilitation, widening and relocation of Taxiway B at Eagle Creek Airpark, a General Aviation airport owned by the Indianapolis Airport Authority. The main objectives of the project are to meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s design standards, improve the condition of the pavement, and achieve required separation standards. The project also involves the replacement of existing lighting with LEDs.

The project design was led by Woolpert with C&S Engineers, Inc., serving as Envision Administrator.  The team worked in close collaboration with the IAA to deliver this award-winning, sustainable project.

To learn more about this project, visit the PROJECT PAGE.