Bologna Bypass Project Earns an Envision Platinum Award

A key upgrade to the Italian city’s highway connector system, the project focused on the creation of well-integrated infrastructure in collaboration with stakeholders, systematically reducing noise and air pollution. The project also emphasized social and economic benefits, including the extension of parkland and the addition of 20 km of cycling paths. 4.5 million fewer hours of road travel per year will result, translating to 1,350 tons less carbon dioxide.

Serving as a vital transportation node for Italy and providing a strategic artery for a leading national manufacturer, the Bologna highway system is closely tied to the country’s economic prosperity.

This is the first highway infrastructure project in Europe to obtain a Platinum Award under Envision®. At a cost of €1.5 billion, the bypass will strengthen the urban section of the A14 expressway linking Bologna, Bari, and Taranto with an extension of approximately 13 kilometers. While retaining connections with the A1 expressway linking Milan and Naples, and the A13 (Bologna-Padua) expressway, the bypass speeds up access to Bologna via the city’s ring road system.

Vehicles will spend approximately 4.5 million fewer hours on the road per year as a result of the project. This will significantly enhance the quality of life in local communities and reduce CO2 emissions in metropolitan Bologna substantially (1,350 tons per year).

A significant feature of this project was that the design addressed not only the needs of vehicular traffic, but also the necessity of connecting the A14 highway with other transportation modes, all informed by a strong network logic. The purpose was to integrate the bypass with key urban junctions and existing local infrastructure in a way that would generate socioeconomic value, maximize benefits and promote sustainability.

A public-private partnership (PPP) project, the Bologna bypass also benefited from the strong work of an interdisciplinary project team emphasizing transparency and broad stakeholder involvement throughout the design process. With this foundation, a transformative project took shape focusing on the environment, innovation, and mobility.

Learn more about why this project earned a Platinum rating by visiting the Project Profile

The Long Beach Municipal Urban Stormwater Treatment Facility earns Envision Platinum

The Long Beach Municipal Urban Stormwater Treatment Project (LB-MUST) is a comprehensive and innovative regional project.

It will intercept and treat dry weather runoff, and first-flush storm flows generated within the City of Long Beach before discharging to the Los Angeles River and Estuary. The centralized downstream advanced treatment facility has a planned capacity capable of collecting and diverting approximately 41% of the City’s 12,200-acre watershed.

The LB-MUST is a prime example of a project in the Lower Los Angeles River Watershed that provides incentives for water agencies throughout each watershed to collaborate in managing the region’s water resources and setting regional priorities for water infrastructure and improving the region’s water self-reliance. This is a multi-benefit infrastructure project that achieves many essential goals such as:

— Advancing local hire and job training goals.

— Using nature-based solutions.

— Providing benefits to disadvantaged communities and economically distressed areas.

— Providing inspiration and education to other agencies and the community, such as delivering multi-benefit solutions to address community challenges.

Colin Averill, PE, Civil Engineer, City of Long Beach Public Works, Engineering Bureau: “Long Beach continues its commitment to improving water quality by delivering an innovative project to treat stormwater and urban runoff with capacity for a substantial portion of the City’s watershed. Sustainability extends beyond the project limits with water reuse, community, and environmental benefits that will support expanded greenspace along the LA River.”

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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Biosolids Digester Facilities Project Earns Envision Platinum Award

The Biosolids Digester Facilities Project is located at the Southeast Treatment Plant, San Francisco’s largest wastewater treatment plant.

The SFPUC is investing over $3 billion to upgrade and modernize the aging Southeast Treatment Plant (SEP) as part of a more extensive Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP). Once the upgrades are finished, SEP will reliably work better, smell better, and be a more significant community asset. The SFPUC is also upgrading the SEP for earthquake preparedness, sea-level rise, and operational efficiency. In addition, the work will reduce odors and improve the quality of life for nearby residents and employees.

The Biosolids Digester Facilities Project (BDFP) is an essential component of the larger SEP upgrade. The BDFP project will replace and relocate the existing (and outdated) solids treatment facilities with more reliable, efficient, and modern technologies and facilities. This project will help transform the SEP into a modern resource-recovery facility, allow the SFPUC to meet its levels-of-service goals, and be an attractive place to work and visit.

“Achieving Envision Platinum is a major accomplishment, and it reflects the hard work of so many people at the SFPUC and in this community,” SFPUC General Manager Dennis Herrera said. “Environmental justice is at the forefront of our work, and this award underscores our commitment to a sustainable future, including the health and wellbeing of the communities in which we operate.”

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NMDOT Project First in New Mexico to Earn Envision Rating for Sustainable Infrastructure

New Mexico Department of Transportation’s I-25/University Avenue Interchange Improvements Project First Project in the State to Earn Envision Rating for Sustainable Infrastructure

This $35 million project, which began in January 2020 and finalized in October 2021, was a joint initiative between the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico State University (NMSU), and other local stakeholders.

The I-25/University Interchange serves as the main access point to several local communities and the NMSU campus, all of which have seen significant growth in recent years.

The purpose of this project was to:

— Add capacity to the I-25 southbound off-ramp at University Avenue.

— Reduce congestion, weaving, and backups onto off-ramps.

— Incorporate roundabouts to improve traffic flow.

— Encourage multi-modal transportation options for cyclists and pedestrians.

View the full announcement in the Project Directory.

Announcing the Launch of Envision Canada to Accelerate Sustainable Infrastructure Practices from Coast to Coast to Coast

The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) are pleased to announce the launch of Envision® Canada.

Envision Canada is a partnership between CSCE and ISI to advance sustainable infrastructure practices in Canada by accelerating the use of the Envision sustainable infrastructure framework.

Envision is a holistic sustainability framework and rating system that enables a thorough examination of the sustainability and resiliency of all types of infrastructure. It is the only comprehensive tool in North America that can assist government agencies and their consultants and contractors in delivering infrastructure that tackles communities’ most pressing challenges, including improving the quality of life for everyone, creating good jobs, increasing economic growth, supporting climate resilience, reducing emissions, and cultivating social equity and cohesiveness.

“Envision Canada comes at a time when communities across the country are looking for ways to build a cleaner and greener future,” says Melissa Peneycad, ISI’s Managing Director. “Envision is a  practical tool to support the long-term planning toward a climate-resilient future. I’ve seen firsthand how well it works in the Canadian context and its alignment with Canadian needs and values. I’m excited to work with CSCE and our members across the country to take Envision use to the next level.”

Envision sets the standard for what constitutes sustainable infrastructure and incentivizes higher performance goals beyond minimum requirements.

In Canada, there are over 400 credentialed Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs)—people trained in the use of Envision. Twelve Canadian infrastructure projects have earned Envision awards for sustainability, including Infrastructure Canada’s Samuel de Champlain Bridge Corridor in Montréal, Quebec; the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority’s Gordie Howe International Bridge in Windsor, Ontario; the Surrey Biofuel Facility in Surrey, British Columbia; and the Northeast False Creek Renewal and Development project in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“We’re thrilled to be working with ISI to lead sustainable infrastructure development in Canada,” says David Innes, CSCE’s Executive Director.

“We’ll be focused on improving awareness of Envision, building capacity, and fostering innovation,” explains Michael Benson, CSCE Vice President. “Envision Canada is the result of a fantastic partnership between CSCE and ISI and we look forward to working together to accelerate the use of Envision across the country.”

Please visit EnvisionCanada.com to learn more.

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Anthony Kane featured on Bigger Than Us Podcast

Newly released on the Bigger Than Us Podcast, ISI’s president and CEO Anthony Kane shares his thoughts on using Envision, assembling diverse teams to improve decision making, making infrastructure more equitable, and more. He was interviewed by Raj Daniels. This 36-minute podcast is very much worth a listen. It’s available on Apple, Spotify, and Anchor.

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STM’s new entrance building to the Vendôme metro station in Montréal earns Envision Gold Award

STM’s new entrance building to the Vendôme metro station project in Montréal, Québec was awarded a Gold Envision Rating for sustainable infrastructure.

This is STM’s second Envision-verified project. Their first was the Côte-Vertu garage project which was awarded Envision Platinum in September, 2021.

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The new entrance building to the Vendôme metro station project in Montréal, Québec was awarded a Gold Envision Rating for sustainable infrastructure. Built in partnership with the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), exo, and the McGill University Heath Centre (MUHC); this project was designed to provide universal access to the Vendôme intermodal hub from the MUHC.

The project consists of developing a new entrance to the Vendôme metro station and a pedestrian link between Maisonneuve Boulevard, the Vendôme intermodal hub, and the MUHC. The new Vendôme station infrastructure, including the entrance, train station platforms, a pedestrian tunnel leading to the hospital complex, and walkways, are equipped with elevators and universal accessibility devices, such as enlarged motorized butterfly doors and swing gates.

The aims of this project are to:

— Improve traffic flow and capacity within the station to meet the increasing number of users.
— Connect the MUHC to the Vendôme intermodal hub.
— Make the station universally accessible.
— Improve the operational efficiency of the station.

View the full announcement in the Project Directory.

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Le projet de nouvel édicule de la station de métro Vendôme à Montréal, au Québec, s’est vu décerner la distinction Envision Or pour son infrastructure durable.

Il s’agit du deuxième projet Envision pour la STM. Leur premier était le projet de Garage Côte-Vertu qui a reçu Envision Platine en septembre 2021.

Le projet de nouvel édicule de la station de métro Vendôme à Montréal, au Québec, s’est vu décerner la distinction Envision Or pour son infrastructure durable. Construit en partenariat avec la Société de transport de Montréal (STM), exo et le Centre universitaire de santé McGill (CUSM), ce projet a été conçu pour offrir une accessibilité universelle au pôle multimodal Vendôme depuis le CUSM.

Il comprend la construction d’un nouvel accès menant à la station de métro Vendôme et un lien piétonnier entre le boulevard De Maisonneuve, le pôle multimodal Vendôme et le CUSM. Le nouveau bâtiment d’accès à la station de métro facilite grandement les déplacements pour toutes les clientèles, notamment celle à mobilité réduite. Les quais de la gare exo, le tunnel piétonnier menant vers le Centre universitaire de santé McGill, ainsi que les aménagements de surface sont pourvus d’ascenseurs et de dispositifs d’accessibilité universelle, tels que des portes-papillon motorisées élargies et des portillons à vantaux.

Le projet vise à :

— améliorer la circulation à l’intérieur de la station et sa capacité d’accueil pour tenir compte du nombre croissant d’usagers;
— relier le CUSM au pôle multimodal Vendôme;
— rendre la station universellement accessible;
— améliorer l’efficacité de la station sur le plan opérationnel.

Consultez l’annonce complète dans le répertoire des projets.

Envision Sustainability Transit Professional Scholarship Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) promotes initiatives to expand transit agency knowledge of environmentally sustainable project development practices that reduce the impacts of climate change in communities across the nation. To support that goal, the National Transit Institute (NTI) has partnered with ISI to create the Envision Sustainability Transit Professional Scholarship Program.

Twenty-five (25) scholarships will be awarded to public sector transit professionals, from all nine (9) FTA regions, to obtain the Envision® Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credential. Each scholarship covers the cost of training, credential testing, and the initial year of credential validation. Scholarship applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm ET, February 14, 2022 and award notifications will be made within 60 days of the application deadline.

To learn more, visit the Envision Sustainability Transit Professional Scholarship Program webpage.

ISI Welcomes Six New Additions to Its Envision Review Board

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) welcomes six new members to the Envision Review Board: Bob Beinstein (AECOM), Michael Bloom (R. G. Miller Engineers), Quin MacKenzie (luuceo consulting), Jennifer Ninete (HDR), Lourette Swanepoel (Calibrate Collaborative), and Justin Waples (Central Contra Costa Sanitary District).

Margaret Cederoth (California High Speed Rail Authority) was elected the 2022 Chair of the Envision Review Board. She will be supported by Richard Fernandez (Aquario Engineering) as Vice-Chair. Other members of the Envision Review Board who are continuing to serve include Hélène Dubé (SNC-Lavalin), Silvia Ciraci (ICMQ), Erika Jozwiak (New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency), Lindsay Motl (Kohl’s), Amanda Schweickert (WSP), Scott Smith (Metrolinx), and Sofía Zuberbühler-Yafar (New York City Department of Design and Construction).

We are sincerely grateful to the Envision Review Board members who completed their terms at the end of 2021 after serving with distinction, including Michaella Wittmann (HDR) who served as the Envision Review Board’s inaugural Chair for two terms, Andreas Georgoulias (Environmental Financial Consulting Group), Elizabeth Heider (Heider Sustainability Advisors), Martin Janowitz (ret. Stantec), Floren Poliseo (Town of Jackson), and Sharon Wright (City of St. Petersburg).

The ERB is made up of industry leading infrastructure professionals representing public agencies, private companies, and general interest groups who are appointed to the Envision Review Board by ISI’s Board of Directors.

“I could not be more impressed with the caliber of this year’s cohort, or more grateful for the members of the Envision Review Board who recently completed their terms,” says Melissa Peneycad, ISI’s managing director and ex-officio member of the Envision Review Board. “The future of the Envision sustainable infrastructure framework remains bright under their oversight.”

The mission of the ERB is to assure the continued integrity and efficacy of Envision and its associated tools, resources, and documents to provide for consistency in interpretation and development; and to assure the ongoing relevance of the tool and its associated best practices to the highest standards of scholarship and practice. The Envision Review Board meets quarterly and is responsible for drafting and approving Envision credit amendments, providing strategic director for Envision development, and ensuring material is consistent with the overall intent and character of Envision.

To learn more, please visit the Envision Review Board page on ISI’s website or contact ISI at info@sustainableinfrastructure.org.

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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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