ISI Welcomes Lauren Evans and Sergio Pecori to its Board of Directors

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) welcomes its newest board members Lauren Evans, President of Pinyon Environmental Inc., and Sergio Pecori, Chairman and CEO of Hanson Professional Services Inc. They will fill the seats vacated by past-Chair of the Board John Williams (Autocase), and Gregs Thomopulos (Stanley Consultants), who completed their terms at the end of 2021 after serving for seven years with distinction. ISI thanks John and Gregs for their tireless leadership and commitment to ISI.

Lauren Evans has more than four decades of experience in the environmental industry with a focus on environmental regulations, remediation, and sustainability. She is a long-standing champion of raising public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the engineering profession.

Sergio Pecori has led Hanson’s efforts to provide sustainable and resilient design services and served as chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies from 2017-2018. He is also a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s OPAL Lifetime Achievement award.

Michael Mucha is the newly elected Chair of the Board. Michael is the Chief Engineer and Director for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. He has dedicated his nearly three-decade career in local government to building public trust through sustainability.

“I am delighted to welcome Lauren and Sergio to the ISI Board of Directors,” says Anthony Kane, ISI’s president and CEO, and ex-officio member of the Board. “We are fortunate to be able to attract such top talent to lead our organization, especially during these exciting times when the whole world is looking for solutions like ISI’s signature Envision framework to achieve sustainability, equity, and resiliency in the built environment.”

Erin Cooke (San Francisco International Airport), Martin Janowitz (ret. Stantec), Gary Lee Moore (City of Los Angeles), and Renee Ring (Environmental Financial Consulting Group) will continue to serve on the Board alongside its newest members and newly elected Chair.

For more information, please visit the Board of Directors page on the ISI website or contact ISI at info@sustainableinfrastructure.org.

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Clearwell 9 Replacement Project Recognized with Envision Verified Rating for Sustainability

The City of Evanston’s $20M Clearwell 9 Replacement Project includes the replacement of a five million gallon treated water storage reservoir with a new similarly sized facility, a new overflow, a new submersible pumping system, and site piping modifications. A parking lot was also converted into green space as part of this project.

The original Clearwell had been operational since 1934. After decades of serving the community, the project deteriorated, which prompted the city of Evanston to determine its long-term needs for treated water storage. A lifecycle cost analysis was undertaken to determine the best course of action for the facility: repair it or replace it. The study concluded that it would be most cost-effective to replace the Clearwell. In addition to a badly deteriorated roof, the characteristics of the existing pumps in the system were such that the bottom several feet of the reservoir could not be pumped out. This meant the city of Evanston was not able to utilize the full stored volume of water.

Many factors contributed to this project’s Envision award, including improving views, enhancing community aesthetics, adding new public space, engaging stakeholders, and protecting the natural world.

Learn more about the sustainability of this project in the Project Awards Directory.

2022 Envision Webinar Schedule

ISI has an impressive line-up of webinar topics and speakers for 2022. Learn timely information, while advancing your knowledge of sustainable, resilient, and equitable infrastructure. Our webinars are designed to meet the needs of a range of sustainability practitioners — from Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) who have worked on numerous Envision projects, to those just starting out on their sustainability journey, to everyone in-between.

Please sign up for the webinars of interest to you using the registration links below. Registration is complimentary! (All webinars hosted by ISI qualify for education hours toward maintaining your ENV SP credential. Where noted with an asterisk (*) webinars qualify for prescribed education hours. For current and prospective ENV SPs, please view our Guidance Document for ENV SP Credential Holders for a list of annual credential maintenance requirements.)

 

Envision Implementation: Organization-wide Strategies; Best Practices for Using Envision on Projects and Across Portfolios
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 2:00 – 4:00 pm ET
*This webinar qualifies toward 2 prescribed hours of education toward ENV SP credential maintenance.

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElce2srzwvHN0yCRwxFRcPGWpYD_m8yiep

An increasing number of public and private sector stakeholders are using Envision to plan, design, and deliver more sustainable infrastructure by setting standards, establishing policies, and pursuing verification.

Part 1 of this 2-part webinar demonstrates how Envision can be used to develop a holistic approach that extends beyond individual project success. Leaders from across all industry sectors offer detailed examples that illustrate ways Envision has bolstered their sustainable business practices. These examples are intended to inspire new approaches that can be strategically integrated into everyday operations. Part 2 further shows how Envision may be used as a tool to implement best practices and enhance designs beyond the success of individual projects.  The examples illustrated throughout this course are models for Envision that standardize implementation approaches across the project life cycle.

 

U.S. Federal Sustainability Plan: Goals and Strategy

Presented by Andrew Mayock, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer
Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ud–uqj8rGtX_sUYJJiwB5psbc80LaOXz

 

Nuts and Bolts for Local Government: Building Internal Support, Training Staff & Operationalizing Process

Presented by Carol Davis, Town of Blacksburg
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoc-CorzwoHdftJnKa89Ctk0AXTjnrABS4 

What does it take to integrate the Envision framework into the way your local government approaches infrastructure?

Carol Davis, the Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia will share background on why her community came to embrace Envision, how key decision-makers and staff were engaged and trained, and how Blacksburg integrated Envision into critical process steps that intersect with the lifecycle of infrastructure projects, from early visioning to post-construction operations.

 

Exploring the Nexus of NEPA, Sustainability, and Envision
Presented by Caroline Pinegar, HNTB Corporation; Lauren Evans, Pinyon Environmental, Inc.
Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkf-mgrzkpHt3mfbvQLEIXzR2IM92Z0Xx1

This webinar will focus on the benefits of starting the Envision process during early planning phases and specifically during the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) process.

The potential advantages and early lessons learned while working on projects that are committed to an Envision certification by the time the NEPA process begins will be discussed.  The presenters’ initial experiences have shown that projects undergoing NEPA are able to take advantage of the synergies between NEPA and Envision and vice versa.

 

Envision Highlights Omaha RiverFront Innovation – A Credit Deep Dive
Presented by Jennifer Ninete, HDR
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtf-6rrD4jHdFKtIxycSJQEp_K2eFwEU6K

The Riverfront Revitalization Project (known locally as The RiverFront) was Platinum Envision verified in October 2021. The first project in Nebraska to receive Envision recognition is transforming downtown Omaha along the Missouri River by connecting three parks near the city’s downtown core, including the Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park, and Lewis and Clark Landing. This transformation includes numerous innovative elements that were highlighted in the project’s Envision submittal. The webinar will examine the project’s Quality of Life and Leadership innovation credits, in addition to providing some insight into the overall verification process.

 

The City of Red Deer’s Water Treatment Plant Residuals Management Facility and Envision
Presented by Kingsford Amoah, city of Red Deer
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwscOihqDotH9DcQm90QXxYELjSwQ74QyLs

The city of Red Deer located in Central Alberta, Canada, operates a conventional surface water treatment plant (WTP2) that draws water from the Red Deer River and provides potable drinking water to more than 125,000 people in the city and the surrounding region. The WTP2 has an ultimate design capacity of 150 million litres per day (MLD).

The primary goal of the Residuals Management Facility is improving the quality of the waste stream from the clarification process at WTP2 prior to discharge into the Red Deer River. The project team, comprised of the city, Associated Engineering Ltd., and Chandos Construction Ltd., used Envision to guide the design and construction of the RMF as well as the ongoing operations and maintenance.

This webinar will show how Envision helped the team develop a cost-effective and more resource-efficient facility and reduce the RMF’s environmental impacts.

 

Foundational Decade for Advancing Sustainable Infrastructure
*This course qualifies toward 2 prescribed hours of education toward ENV SP credential maintenance.
Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 2:00 – 4:00 pm ET

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtce6sqzosHdWCs1QOKeAcFIHsFNfh7_Do

ISI’s 10-year history is built on a foundation of grassroots advocacy by people who are passionate about sustainable infrastructure. This course showcases the key influencers, along with the milestone projects that served as the platform for ISI’s growth and increasing Envision use across the U.S., Canada, and globally.  It also prepares ENV SPs for advocacy by strengthening their foundational knowledge of ISI and the Envision framework. Examples are presented to demonstrate success by ISI members, ENV SPs, and project teams throughout the past 10 years. These will inform future efforts and inspire expanded use of Envision.

 

The City of Fort Wayne’s Journey with Envision
Presented by: Pat Carney, City of Fort Wayne
Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtf–oqjwsGdKloKgstCRKOnYgcd2DhDJH

This presentation will cover Fort Wayne’s implementation of Envision within the City Utilities Engineering Department and lessons learned. Beginning with engaging design, engineering and construction firms, the speaker will show how over 50 projects have used the Envision framework as part of the project process. Creation of custom internal guidance documents helped quantify the Envision credits, and these documents will be exemplified through practical use cases.

 

Socially Just and Equitable Infrastructure; COVID-19: Road to Recovery
*This course qualifies toward 2 prescribed hours of education toward ENV SP credential maintenance.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 2:00 – 4:00 pm ET

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdeurrD8iGN2VMPYPbXqldJweUe1s2Xj9

Part one of this two-part webinar takes a look at how justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion intersect with the infrastructure industry. Their importance and relationship with each other are explored, while the process of how to achieve and measure equitable outcomes is provided.

Part two begins by comparing and contrasting how various infrastructure sectors were affected by the shock of COVID-19, prior to focusing on the emphasis of resilience, and its requirement to safeguard infrastructure assets from future “black sheep” events.

 

Envision, Taking a Systems Approach to Sustainable Infrastructure
Presented by: Mary Simmerer, California Department of Water Resources
Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpfuugpzMtEtyqAUXle47pAnIuR2zJNaXP

Infrastructure creates the groundwork for human activities and human communities. It undergirds the structure of the economy and ties into other systems, creating interlocking systems. When building new infrastructure, ignoring the system approach means the resulting infrastructure is less effective and less able to tie into other systems. The risk of system failure is, therefore, high.

Using the Envision rating tool helps identify critical system components and brings system solutions to system problems. This presentation highlights basic-system-theory principles and shows how using Envision works with basic-system principles to create healthier, more sustainable infrastructure.

 

Net Embodied Carbon
Presented by Michelle Christopherson, WSP; Frank Schwamborn and Rebecca Ramsdale, Verdical Group
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET

Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModuuspjIiGdfOMDK3S7JlwkyfM62Z3cTl

The presentation will define common carbon-related terms, explain how embodied carbon is measured and tracked, and discuss strategies for how to reduce your project’s embodied carbon.

The goal is to walk the audience through real-life hurdles to make significant embodied carbon emissions reductions. Experts will share rationale and common embodied carbon reduction strategies, and discuss the lessons learned from project experience to overcome challenges.

ENV SP Packet

Are you thinking about becoming an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), but aren’t sure exactly what is involved in earning the credential? The ENV SP packet may help.

Learn about the different Membership types, fees, and what is involved in training, the exam, and credential renewal, among other important considerations.  You can also download a pdf copy or view a copy on the  Marketing resources webpage.

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CSCE & ISI Partner to Accelerate the use of Envision® in Canada

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CSCE & ISI Partner to Accelerate the use of the Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Framework in Canada

Washington, D.C., December  7, 2021 – Communities across Canada are looking for ways to improve the sustainability and resiliency of the built environment, address infrastructure deficits, spur economic recovery, and meet climate change commitments. Recognizing the importance of these crucial goals, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) are pleased to announce their partnership to accelerate the use of the Envision® sustainable infrastructure framework more broadly in Canada.

View the entire announcement in English & French.

La Société canadienne de génie civil et l’ISI s’associent pour accélérer l’utilisation du cadre Envision® pour les infrastructures durables au Canada

Les collectivités de partout au Canada cherchent des moyens d’améliorer la durabilité et la résilience de l’environnement bâti, de combler les lacunes en matière d’infrastructure, de stimuler la reprise économique et de respecter les engagements en matière de lutte contre le changement climatique. Consciente de l’importance de ces objectifs cruciaux, la Société canadienne de génie civil (SCGC) et l’Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) sont heureux d’annoncer leur partenariat visant à accélérer l’utilisation du cadre Envision® pour les infrastructures durables à plus grande échelle au Canada.

View the entire announcement in English and French.

Gordie Howe International Bridge Earns Envision Platinum Rating

THE GORDIE HOWE INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE, OWNED BY WINDSOR-DETROIT BRIDGE AUTHORITY, EARNS AN
ENVISION® PLATINUM RATING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

The Gordie Howe International Bridge will provide an essential international crossing between Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. This is a once-in-a-generation undertaking that will deliver significant and much-needed transportation improvements for international travelers and will provide jobs and economic growth opportunities, among other benefits.

The Windsor-Detroit trade corridor is considered the busiest commercial border crossing between Canada and the United States, accounting for more than 25 percent of all surface trade between the two countries. The Gordie Howe International Bridge will provide for redundancy at the critical trade corridor with improved border processing and highway-to-highway international connectivity. It also addresses future needs and will provide six lanes to meet anticipated growth in traffic over the years to come.

This project is being delivered through a public-private partnership (P3), a model where the private- and public-sector partners assume an appropriate share of the risks and where the private-sector’s expertise, efficiencies, and innovations are utilized in the delivery of this large-scale project. The P3 model is also good for taxpayers. An independent value-for-money analysis concluded that the P3 model will result in project savings of more than $560 million, a 10.7% difference compared to more traditional procurement methods.

Learn more about the sustainability, resiliency, and equity of this project in the Project Awards Directory.

Envision Packet

Are you looking for a way to showcase Envision® sustainability and help others fully comprehend exactly what it can do? The 14-page Envision packet may be precisely what you need.

You can download the packet, or read the packet below. You can also view it on our Marketing Resources page.

The Vista Canyon Regional Transit Center Awarded Envision® Verified for Sustainable Infrastructure

When complete, the Vista Canyon Regional Transit Center will be one of  Southern California’s most well-connected, transit-friendly communities, and ISI is proud to announce that the project has been Envision® Verified for Sustainability.

The seven-bay bus transfer station is part of the larger Vista Canyon development in the city of Santa Clarita, California. Since the Vista Canyon Regional Transit Center is strategically located, it will be much easier for people to get around Santa Clarita, the Valley, and other destinations. In addition to bus transportation, the project will also provide important linkages to pedestrian, cycling, and rail option, but those are just a few of the key sustainability achievements.

Please view the Public Profile announcement in the Project Awards Directory .