2021 Webinar Schedule

We are excited to be sharing our 2021 webinar lineup. Each webinar is listed in order below by month. Registration is FREE and each webinar qualifies toward education hours for your ENV SP credential maintenance. This year we are focusing on communications, community sustainability and resilience, and Envision applications and implementation. We have it all!

Review each webinar and keep this e-mail handy for future reference. We hope you are as thrilled as we are about the 2021 schedule.


June 2 Webinar — ILFI and ISI: Supporting Envision Implementation with International Living Future Institute’s Programs

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern
Presented by: Shawn Hesse, International Living Future Institute, and Anthony Kane, ISI President and CEO

During this webinar, experts will provide an overview of ILFI’s programs including JUST, Declare, Living Product Challenge, and the Living Building Challenge, and show how these programs can be leveraged to implement Envision. Webinar participants will understand the ILFI resources that may be used by project teams to enhance their infrastructure projects and support Envision verification. Register


May Webinar — Using Envision to Drive Impact Investments in Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern
Presented by John Lenti, Greeley and Hansen

Impact investing is surging in popularity as private and institutional investors seek measurable social and environmental outcomes along with their financial return. Indeed, assets under management with a focus on sustainability grew by 42% since 2018 and account for a third of all investments today. At the same time, increased urbanization requires infrastructure funding beyond what many governments can provide. As such, there is a growing interest in connecting impact investors to infrastructure investment opportunities, using private capital to close the funding gap. By demonstrating the triple-bottom line value of an infrastructure project – especially around issues of social equity and climate change – new sources of capital may be realized. This presentation will discuss the growth of impact investing and how ISI’s Envision framework and third-party verification process could be used to attract new capital sources. Register


June Webinar — Light is Beautiful: Contributions of Manufactured Lightweight Aggregates to Sustainable Infrastructure

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern
Presented by Fariborz Tehrani, Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute and Archie Filshill, Aero Aggregates of North America, LLC

Performance of structural and non-structural materials contributes to the sustainability and resilience of infrastructures through preservation of natural resources and reduction of environmental footprints. This presentation provides an overview of two classes of manufactured lightweight aggregates, including expanded shale, clay and slate (ESCS) and ultra-lightweight foamed glass aggregates (UL-FGA), and their applications in civil infrastructure. The focus will be on how these materials fit within the 5 categories of Envision and discuss their benefits from environmental, social, economic and technical perspectives. The outcome of this presentation facilitates decision-making for project managers, program advisors, and planners. Register


August Webinar— Denver Water Envisions a Sustainable Future through its Northwater Treatment Plant

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern
Presented by Sananda Mukherjee, AECOM

Denver Water is building a new, state-of-the-art drinking water facility on a 183-acre site next to Ralston Reservoir, north of Golden in Jefferson County. The Northwater Treatment Plant will be capable of treating up to 75 million gallons of water a day when it is operational in 2024. The new facility provides critical updates to an aging 80-year-old system that is reaching the end of its lifespan. One of the main objectives was sustainability and the executive sponsors tasked the team with achieving the goal of the Project site becoming Envision Gold verified. The presentation will explain the advanced new technology and the benefits for community by building a new cost-effective water treatment plant (WTP) and repurposing the existing Moffat facility for water distribution. Register


October Webinar — Pathway to Envision for Central San

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern
Presented by Jennifer Ninete, HDR and Justin Waples, Central Sanitation District

When it comes to sustainability and resiliency, organizations often “talk-the-talk,” but can find it more difficult to “walk-the-walk.” It can be intimidating to decide where to start and how to implement a broad sustainability program across a large organization.

This webinar will summarize the process that Central Contra Costa Sanitary District in California (Central San) used Envision, working with HDR, to evaluate the agency’s project approach related to sustainability. The assessment explored how Central San’s approach and policies aligned with Envision, revealed opportunities to for improvement, and identified how the agency could best use Envision to meet their short- and long-term sustainability and resiliency goals. The goal of the presentation is the convey a “roadmap” for others to use if they are considering ways to more holistically integrate sustainability, specifically the Envision framework, into their organization. Register


December Webinar — Managing Sustainability and Resilience in Developing Communities

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern
Presented by Fariborz Tehrani, California State University, Fresno and Denise Nelson, The Berkley Group

Sustainable built environment has been the major focus in academic and industrial fields. The rise in climate-related disasters, constant challenges in energy sector, and substantial shift in consumer’s conscious toward conservation of natural resources are the major forces behind sustainable engineering. Further, many professional bodies have developed guidelines and specifications, such as Envision, to implement sustainable practices and rate their impacts. Becoming familiar with common sustainable practices and comfortable with implementation of more innovative materials and techniques in civil engineering design promotes analytical procedures to develop a context-sensitive design. This webinar aims to address challenges in the implementation of sustainable engineering solutions in developing communities and regions. Discussions include resources, funding, technology, and community involvements as main obstacles to such implementation and offers best practices for planning and design stages of built infrastructures. Register