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Promotion: Buy One, Gift One

INVEST IN YOURSELF AND OTHERS!

Would you like the chance to give back while also learning ISI’s Envision® framework?

In August, ISI will hold a special ‘Buy One, Gift One’
promotion to help students learn Envision.

Your purchase of an Envision training can truly make a difference
for a student wanting to be credentialed in Envision sustainability.  

For every ENV SP training purchased in August, ISI will issue a free ENV SP training credit to a full-time academic student. In other words, buy one Envision training credit and ISI will donate one free training credit to a student.

If your organization wants to purchase more than one Envision training credit (bulk purchases), ISI will match the amount purchased.
For example, purchase 10 credits, 10 students will benefit from your generosity. Purchase 20 credits, 20 students will benefit. You get the picture.
Whatever amount you purchase, ISI will match!

 

Choose the student / university recipient or let ISI choose for you:
When you purchase a training credit for yourself or your employees, you can “designate” a student or a university class to benefit.  Either that, or let ISI choose the recipient(s) for you.

ISI will tally the Envision purchases in September, and we will add the appropriate number of credits to  academic accounts.

  • To “sponsor” a student, e-mail ISI and give us the student’s name, e-mail address, and university information, so we can ensure they receive the free training credit.
  • If you are a private organization or public-sector agency and you purchase bulk training credits, you can
    e-mail ISI and sponsor a university class of your choosing.

 

No worries if you fail to designate a student or university class, we will reach out to individuals and universities in September and allocate the appropriate number of credits.

Promotion Expiration:
The promotion expires on August 31st at midnight, so purchase training today on ISI’s Envision dashboard

 


ENV SP Training Information:
Please feel free to share this information with a student or someone who may benefit from the promotion.

An ENV SP credential is valid for one year, and continuing education is required beyond that for
ENV SPs to maintain their credential. Continuing education ensures that ENV SPs maintain
knowledge of the latest sustainability practices, and that they are well versed on new approaches,
innovations, and issues relevant to sustainable infrastructure.

The online course provides individuals the opportunity to complete the online training at their own pace. The online course consists of seven (1-hour) self-paced modules. Upon completion of the modules, the individual accesses the online ENV SP exam.

ISI Provides:
• ENV SP credential certificate
• PDH certificate of completion
• Direct customer support

Pricing:
• Public-sector employees: $250
• Private-sector employees (ISI members): $700
• Private sector (non-members): $850

Bulk pricing: a 10% discount is offered for the purchase of 10 or more online courses. The online
training courses must be initiated within one year of purchase.

Download the “Buy One, Get One” promotional one-pager to share with others who may be interested in Envision training. You can also view the ISI e-newsletter

Miami-Dade County’s Dolphin Station Park-And-Ride/Transit Terminal Facility Awarded Envision Bronze for Sustainability

Miami-Dade County’s Dolphin Station Park-And-Ride/Transit Terminal Facility
Awarded Envision Bronze for Sustainability

Washington, D.C. — July 27, 2021 — After undergoing Envision Verification, the Miami-Dade County’s Dolphin Station Park-and-Ride / Transit Terminal Facility has been awarded an Envision Bronze award for sustainability.

The Dolphin Station Park-and-Ride/Transit Terminal Facility officially opened in March 2020. Its purpose is to offer customers a safe, comfortable, and convenient transportation option that connects major employment areas and reduces traffic congestion.

The following are a few key sustainability achievements verified: 

  • Supports current and future economic growth and development. This project creates new capacity in the East-West corridor supporting commercial growth and future business opportunities. During construction, this project created more than 100 jobs, 32 of which were from small and local businesses.
  • More than 700 vehicles can be taken off the roads by planning and designing this project to encourage the community to use public transportation. The project eases traffic congestion and improves mobility which in turn supports a more livable community. In addition, this project is expected to have positive impacts on air quality by transitioning more cars to electric and fostering more bus usage.

To learn more about what makes this project sustainable, resilient, and equitable, please view the Project Profile Announcement in the Project Award’s Directory. You can also read Miami-Dade County’s press release.

Caltrans’ US 101 Managed Lanes Project Awarded  Envision® Silver

Caltrans’ US 101 Managed Lanes Project Awarded  Envision® Silver for Sustainability

Washington, D.C. — July 20, 2021 — California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) and the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG), is currently constructing express lanes on U.S. 101 in San Mateo County within the existing right-of-way. The existing high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes will be converted into express lanes from the Santa Clara County/San Mateo County line to Whipple Avenue. Caltrans is also adding an additional lane to northbound and southbound U.S. 101 from Whipple Avenue to I-380. This project will create 22 miles of express lanes in each direction of U.S. 101 in San Mateo County and provide a seamless transition to the express lanes being constructed in Santa Clara County.

Caltrans evaluated the sustainability performance of this project and used Envision to identify additional opportunities to improve the project’s sustainability and resiliency profile. Caltrans submitted this project to the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure for Envision verification.  Subsequently, they earned an Envision Silver award—a testament to Caltrans’ commitment to and leadership in sustainability.

To learn more, visit the Project Awards Directory.

 

City of Red Deer’s Water Treatment Plant RMF Earns Envision Bronze Award

City of Red Deer’s Water Treatment Plant Residuals Management Facility
Awarded Envision® Bronze for Sustainable Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.— July 15, 2021 — Home to more than 101,000 residents, the City of Red Deer, which is located in central Alberta, operates a conventional surface water treatment plant that draws water from the Red Deer River and provides clean drinking water to the city and its regional customers. The primary goal of the Water Treatment Plant (WTP) Residuals Management Facility (RMF) is to improve the quality of the waste stream from the clarification process at the WTP prior to its discharge into the Red Deer River. Improved treatment of the waste streams from the new WTP RMF will reduce the visible plume created by the current discharge, reduce solids sedimentation and associated impacts on fish habitats, improve the river’s aesthetics, and encourage recreational activities.

The project is being constructed on a now out-of-service water treatment plant and sludge dewatering facility. These facilities are being demolished to accommodate the new RMF.

To learn more, visit the Project Awards Directory.

Envision Outside the USA

Would you like to see Envision® being used in your country or community but don’t know how to get things started?

On July 27, 2021, at 9 a.m. ET, we’ll talk live on LinkedIn with Lorenzo Orsenigo, the CEO of ICMQ SpA.  Orsenigo and his team were instrumental in getting Envision going in Italy, and they have verified numerous projects.  ICMQ SpA also recently signed a new agreement with ISI.

Many individuals who live around the globe are interested in using Envision, but they are struggling with how to get the ball rolling. The president of ICMQ SpA can offer valuable insight, tips, best practices, and lessons learned.

This podcast will be on how ICMQ SpA came about, how they were able to get things going in Italy with respect to membership, credentialing individuals, and verifying projects. We’ll discuss challenges, successes, and the future.

To learn about ICMQ SpA’s CEO Lorenzo Orsenigo, please read his Curriculum Vitae.

Sign up for the ‘Sustain or Explain’ (SOE) LinkedIn Live video podcast event or just show up and watch. Feel free to ask some questions and engage with us.

 

Big Dry Creek WWTF Earns Envision Bronze

City of Westminster’s Big Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility earns Envision Bronze Award for Sustainable Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 15, 2021 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) proudly announces the most recent recipient of the Envision Bronze award for sustainable infrastructure is the City of Westminster’s Big Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility (BDCWWTF). This is the City of Westminster’s first Envision award.

The City of Westminster, located just north of Denver CO, owns and operates the BDCWWTF which is located in the northeastern most area of the City’s wastewater collection system. The BDCWWTF is designed for biochemical oxygen demand removal, nitrification and denitrification, and limited phosphorous removal. The facility has undergone several major upgrades over its 30-year operational life so far, with the most recent expansion in 2009. A few years ago, the City of Westminster commissioned a Solids Handling Master Plan (Plan) for the facility. This Plan led to the Solids Dewatering and Campus Wide Improvements project at the facility, which was the subject of the Envision verification. This project provides the City with new solids dewatering equipment and facilities, an improved central handling system, enhanced nutrient removal, biosolid beneficial use optimization at the City’s farm, operational optimization, and campus-wide improvements throughout and around the facility.

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We are Hiring an Envision Verification Specialist

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: VERIFICATION SPECIALIST  

Who we are
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is a nonprofit education and research organization based in Washington, D.C. We were established in 2010 by the American Public Works Association (APWA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). In 2011, ISI and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design collaborated to develop Envision®. Envision – developed, managed and administered by ISI – is a holistic framework and rating system that enables a thorough examination of civil infrastructure’s sustainability and resiliency. We train and credential public- and private-sector leaders, students, and other stakeholders in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry on Envision; we offer a third-party verification program that rates projects; and we work with member organizations and partners to accelerate positive change. To date, we have verified more than 100 infrastructure projects in the United States, Canada and abroad, and more than 8,000 people have taken our training program to become Envision Sustainabilty Professionals (ENV SPs). Currently we count as members more than 200 private companies, 130 public agencies, and 25 academic institutions.

Our Mission

ISI envisions a day when all infrastructure projects worldwide are designed and built to be sustainable, resilient, and equitable. To ensure that happens, we provide people with the tools, resources, and roadmaps needed to succeed. Better infrastructure equals a better world. And working together, we can help communities, businesses, and people thrive and prosper while restoring and healing the planet.

The Role
The Verification Specialist plays a crucial role in the ongoing growth and development of the Envision verification and awards program. The Verification Specialist works alongside contracted third-party verifiers to undertake documentation reviews of infrastructure projects seeking Envision verification. The Verification Specialist directly liaises with third-party verifiers and ensures timely, consistent, and high-quality project verifications. The Verification Specialist ensures the correct application of ISI guidance and policies, collaborates with the Verification Director to develop and implement tools and strategies to further grow the program, and will support both third-party verifiers and applicants.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Thoroughly review project submissions against the Envision sustainable infrastructure framework to ensure consistency and quality across all project reviews.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with contracted third-party verifiers.
  • Liaise with third-party verifiers during the verification process and support them in correctly interpreting requirements.
  • Develop tools and other guidance materials to support third-party verifiers and applicants.
  • Maintain a database of verification decisions and responses to technical inquiries.
  • Respond to general and technical questions about the Envision verification process/specific requirements
  • Identify and escalate issues to the Verification Director
  • Participate in staff and committee meetings
  • Provide administrative support for the verification program
  • Other duties as required


Work Environment

  • This position may either be based at ISI’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, or work remotely.
  • Work hours can be flexible, but core hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) are expected to respond to customer needs and actively engage with ISI staff.
  • Required attendance at bi-weekly staff meetings.
  • We do not expect this position to require regular travel. (Due to the pandemic, ISI staff members are not currently traveling.)

Qualifications

Education and work experience

Skills

  • A high level of familiarity and training in the Envision® system is preferred.
  • Experience developing and/or applying sustainability frameworks and rating systems on buildings, infrastructure projects and/or communities, is preferred.
  • Must be organized and have strong project–and time–management skills, including the ability to prioritize and multitask several projects.
  • Proficient writer and communicator, possessing strong copy-editing skills.
  • Adept at using Excel and other Microsoft Office programs.
  • Must have an excellent command of the English language and produce quality products tailored for targeted audiences. Fluency in additional languages (particularly Spanish and/or French) is considered an asset.

Personal Qualities

  • Passion for sustainability, infrastructure, environment, and/or engineering
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • A self-starter who possesses sound judgment
  • Service-oriented with the ability to work independently or as part of a team

Remuneration

Salary: $60,000 – $70,000

Benefits: health, dental, vision, and life insurance; Health Savings Account; company-matched retirement plan with up to 5% match; quarterly stipend for internet and phone expenses.

Vacation: Four (4) weeks; all federal holidays per the United States or Canadian calendar; five (5) sick/mental health days per year.


ISI’s Commitment to Inclusion

ISI is an equal opportunity employer, and we remain steadfastly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. Our dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected in our work and within the Envision framework, and we partner regularly with organizations to champion these ideals. We are tenacious in our pledge to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace and will evaluate qualified applicants without regard for race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics. Accommodations will be made for employees with disabilities.

 

To Apply

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly describing how they meet the qualifications for this employment opportunity. Send by email only to: hr@sustainableinfrastructure.org, no later than Wednesday, June 25, 2021.

You can download the full description here in Word document form.

You can also download a pdf.

WSP Advocacy on Envision & Standards

Right now, the one message that needs to get through to elected officials when it comes to building back better is that new projects must be designed and delivered using Envision. Using ENV SPs and the Envision framework on new projects will help communities meet climate change targets, create jobs, achieve environmental justice goals, and cut GHG emissions. 
 
To that end, we wanted to make you aware of what’s happening on the advocacy front. On March 17, Tom Lewis, PE, JD, an executive with WSP, submitted testimony in front of the US House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee on “Making the Business Case for Climate Solutions”.  He talked in part about ICSI and the importance of standards and tools, like Envision.
 
The Chair of the T&I Committee asked a specific follow-up question to which Tom Lewis  emphasized the importance of the ASCE Sustainability Standard and Envision. You can read his response here
 
When it comes to informing our local, state, regional, and federal officials on the importance of using Envision we have a great deal of work ahead.  If you need tips on how to advocate for Envision, check out our ‘Sustain it or Explain it’ (SOE) advocacy toolkit.

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]