Advocacy Emails to City, County, State, and Federal Officials

As part of the ‘Sustain it or Explain it’ (SOE) ACT NOW Advocacy Podcast on August 26, 2021, ISI is holding a raffle. There are three ways to enter:

1) invite a guest to the podcast who cares about sustainable infrastructure but is not familiar with Envision.

2) send a question to ISI that you would like to ask the advocacy panelists. (Anything related to advocacy, sustainability, resiliency, climate change, or infrastructure policy.) Just email your question to ISI’s Marketing and Communications director, Dyan Lee, at  lee@sustainableinfrastructure.org

3) or copy and paste one of the emails below and send it to a city, county, state, or federal elected official of your choosing. Simply take a screen shot of the email and send it to lee@sustainableinfrastructure.org.

Prize giveaways include: 150 dollars’ worth of new sustainability books and Envision mugs. (Each book was based on recommendations from industry professionals.)


County Email / City Email

Dear [insert lawmaker’s name],

I am writing to you today to inform you of a comprehensive infrastructure sustainability framework that could help [insert community] cut GHG emissions, create good-paying jobs, foster environmental justice, and address the climate-change crisis. That proven solution is the Envision® framework and rating system, provided by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), an educational nonprofit in Washington D.C.

Miami-Dade County, Houston, New York City, and Kansas City are just a few of the communities that created ‘city or county’ ordinances requiring Envision to design and build sustainable, resilient, and equitable civil infrastructure projects. Our community can—and should—do the same!

Envision encourages communities to work closely with infrastructure stakeholders to innovate and think critically about the projects being created. Envision also helps public and private agencies save money if applied early within the design process and carried through the life cycle of the project.

If our community makes Envision a requirement, we can build more resilient and sustainable roads, bridges, dams, water, and wastewater facilities, wind farms, airport facilities, community parks, pipelines, and other civil infrastructure, thereby, meeting our goals for the 21st century.

Please feel free to reach out to me to learn more or visit ISI’s website.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration

 

Sincerely,

 

[Insert name]
[Insert title and company]
[insert email / snail mail address]
[insert phone number]


State Email

 

Dear [insert lawmaker’s name],

 

I am writing to you today to inform you of a comprehensive sustainability framework for civil infrastructure that if adopted by our state can help cut GHG emissions, create good-paying jobs, foster environmental justice, and address the climate-change crisis. That proven solution is the Envision® framework, provided by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), an educational nonprofit in Washington D.C.

California is currently considering a bill that includes Envision as a requirement to build sustainable, resilient, and equitable civil infrastructure. Our state can—and should—do the same!

Envision is a comprehensive, tried-and-tested strategy that encourages communities to work closely with infrastructure stakeholders to innovate and think critically about what they build. Envision can also help public agencies and the state save money if applied early at the onset or in the design phase and used throughout the life cycle of the project.

If our state makes Envision a requirement, we will be successful in meeting our 21st-century goals of delivering more resilient and sustainable roads, bridges, dams, water, and wastewater facilities, wind farms, airport facilities, community parks, pipelines, and other civil infrastructure.

Please feel free to reach out to me to learn more or visit ISI’s website.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration

 

Sincerely,

 

[Insert name]
[Insert title and company]
[insert email / snail mail address]
[insert phone number]


Federal Email

 

Dear [insert lawmaker’s name],

 

I am writing to you today to inform you of a comprehensive infrastructure sustainability framework that if adopted on a federal level can help the nation cut GHG emissions, create good-paying jobs, foster environmental justice, and address the climate-change crisis. That proven solution is the Envision® framework, provided by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), an educational nonprofit in Washington D.C.

Just as LEED was adopted as a federal requirement for buildings, Envision should be a requirement for designing and building sustainable, resilient, and equitable civil infrastructure.

Envision is a proactive strategy that encourages communities to work closely with infrastructure stakeholders to innovate and think critically about the projects created. Envision can also help save money if applied early within the design phases and used throughout the life cycle of the project.

If we make Envision a requirement, we will meet our nation’s 21st century goals. We can embed Envision into the process and build more resilient and sustainable roads, bridges, dams, water, and wastewater facilities, wind farms, airport facilities, community parks, pipelines, and other civil infrastructure.

Please feel free to reach out to me to learn more or visit ISI’s website.

 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

[Insert name]
[Insert title and company]
[insert email / snail mail address]
[insert phone number]