Starlight Park Phase 2 Project Earns Envision Gold

(Bronx, NY – February 4, 2021)

The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and NYC Parks announced today that Phase 2 of the project to construct a continuous greenway through Starlight Park in the Bronx has been selected to receive an Envision Gold Award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). The project is being managed by DDC for NYC Parks.

The $41 million, multi-staged project is closing a critical gap in the Bronx River Greenway and linking communities that had been isolated by highways and train lines. The first phase of the project was completed in summer 2020, while the second phase is expected to be completed in summer 2022.

Learn more about Starlight Park

ISCI 2021 Call for Submissions

ASCE is seeking submissions for the virtual International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure Dec 6-9, 2021 program. Submissions are due by March 1. Learn more on how to become part of this important program by visiting

ENV SPs are highly encouraged to submit. To learn about the requirements, view the following one-pager.

2021 Webinar Schedule

We are excited to be sharing our 2021 webinar lineup.  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.


August WebinarDenver Water Envisions a Sustainable Future through its Northwater Treatment Plant
Presented by Catherine McIntosh (CDM Smith); Lauren Suer (Jacobs); 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 Contra Costa Sanitary 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, Environmental Engineer & Planner

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

Marketing Packet for Membership

The Membership Packet is intended to not only help you fully understand ISI’s Membership program but also answer your questions. To apply for membership, reach out to Membership Director Audrey Gorham. She can assist you with everything you need.

How Envision was used to Reconstruct Oregon Avenue

Everyone knows that horizontal infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.) can destroy lush and verdant natural lands and hurt important animal habits. That is why reconstruction on Oregon Avenue in Washington, D.C., called for a different approach— it called for Envision sustainability.

In the following white paper, Oliver Boehm, manager of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Volkert, Inc., discusses how they used Envision to collaborate with infrastructure stakeholders and others to reconstruct Oregon Avenue so it would be more sustainable and resilient.

Stakeholders identified multiple existing conditions posing significant transportation deficiencies: deteriorating pavements; substandard roadway geometry; inconsistent roadway width; inadequate stormwater drainage; deficient structures, lighting, and transit facilities; poor sight distance; and a lack of pedestrian facilities.

Volkert, Inc. (Volkert) developed a comprehensive roadway reconstruction design that resolves transportation, community, and natural system issues as part of one holistic project. The design process followed an approach that used sensitive materials and practices to either preserve or enhance the landscape. Please check out the white paper here.

Le manuel de référence Envision v3 est maintenant offert en français | The Envision v3 Manual is now in French

English to Follow

Les Canadiens sont proactifs, passionnés et engagés dans la conception et la création d’infrastructure durables, résilientes et équitables; ISI facilite considérablement cette tâche. Jusqu’à présent, le manuel de référence Envision v3 n’était offert qu’en anglais, mais il est maintenant aussi offert en français.

Cela contribuera grandement à offrir à tous les Canadiens l’occasion d’utiliser Envision et de consulter le processus de vérification du projet dans la langue officielle de leur choix.

Depuis la création d’ISI il y a 10 ans, l’utilisation d’Envision a connu une croissance régulière au Canada et les professionnels de la durabilité Envision (PD ENV) ont manifesté un grand intérêt à diriger des projets d’infrastructure civile à travers le pays.

La version française du manuel de référence Envision v3 permet à tous les Canadiens de concevoir et de créer de meilleures infrastructures pour protéger l’environnement, améliorer la santé et le bien-être de la population, et soutenir l’économie.

Pour accéder à votre copie et la télécharger, connectez-vous ou créez votre compte ISI gratuit :


Canadians are proactive, passionate, and committed to designing and building sustainable, resilient and equitable infrastructure – and ISI has just made this a lot easier. To date, the Envision v3 Guidance manual has only been offered in English, but as of today, it is also available in French.

This will go a long way in providing all Canadians with the opportunity to use Envision and navigate the project verification process in the official language of their choice.

Since ISI’s inception 10 years ago, Envision use has grown steadily in Canada, and there has been a great deal of interest in having Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) lead civil infrastructure projects across the country.

The French version of the Envision v3 Guidance Manual enables all Canadians to design and build better infrastructure to protect the environment, enhance human health and well-being, and bolster economies.

To access and download your copy, log in to or create your free ISI account:


California High-Speed Rail Receives National Award for Sustainability

Washington, D.C. — December 10, 2020

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced today it has received national recognition with the Envision Platinum rating for its sustainability efforts. The Envision Platinum rating is the highest-level award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, and the award is the first time a program the size and complexity of the state’s high-speed rail project has earned such an honor.

The California high-speed rail system will change the way Californians travel throughout the state by offering a cleaner and more sustainable transportation alternative. The purpose of the high-speed rail system is to serve as the backbone of a safe, fast and reliable high-speed electrified train network that will connect the megaregions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. When completed, California high-speed rail will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of exceeding 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.

The Platinum Envision award achieved by the California High-Speed Rail (Authority) and its program partners demonstrates that sustainability is achievable across large-scale and complex transportation systems.

To learn more about this project, please visit the Project Profile, which can be found in the ISI Project Directory.

Important Announcement Regarding V2 Projects

Please read this if you’re working on an Envision v2 project

Despite the continued impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, we are heartened to see so many project teams continuing their steadfast pursuit of sustainability and resiliency goals, including pursuing Envision verification. Many of these same teams are facing challenges with respect to submitting their v2 projects before the end of the year due to the continuing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s OK, we understand.

Our goal is to continue to do all we can to support as many projects as possible in their pursuit of Envision verification.

ISI had anticipated all v2 projects would complete verification by the v2 sunset date of December 31, 2020. As the pandemic unfolded, we then hoped all Envision v2 verification teams would be able to submit for first review on or before the end of the year, but we realize this will be a stretch for several teams, despite their best efforts to hit that target date.

In the spirit of sustainability, which includes health and well-being, we don’t want to be the source of unnecessary stress or pressure for project teams seeking verification under Envision v2.

Therefore, any project teams working on an Envision v2 project, know that we’re here to support you; that if submitting before the end of the year is not possible, we understand. You will be able to continue working with Envision v2, and we will review your project(s) when you’re ready and able to submit them for review.

Envision and COVID-19

If you’re experiencing other challenges with respect to using Envision during the pandemic, we encourage you to check out our “Envision and COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities” document which has been slightly updated to reflect this new message on submission timelines, and contains a lot of other great information about working with Envision during the pandemic.

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Denver Water’s Northwater Treatment Plant Earns Envision Gold Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 9, 2020 –

Denver Water’s Northwater Treatment Plant (NTP) is the most recent recipient of the Envision Gold award for sustainable infrastructure, bestowed by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

CDM Smith teamed with Jacobs as the Owner’s Representative to validate the project’s sustainability achievement, along with Kiewit, the Construction Manager-at-Risk.

The NTP will become the fourth potable water treatment plant in Denver Water’s system. It is a new 75 million gallons per day (MGD) state-of-the-art facility that will supplement Denver Water’s aging Moffat Water Treatment Plant.

This approach allows Denver Water to reduce Moffat’s capacity, which will extend its useful life for two more decades while also providing Denver Water with additional operational flexibility, with four drinking water treatment plants instead of three. It saves the utility between $60 and $80 million compared to what it would have cost to replace the aging Moffat facility, as well as providing the ability to expand when needed in the future.

The $400 million NTP is situated on 100 acres of Denver Water’s existing Ralston Reservoir property north of Golden in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado. The NTP will include seven primary buildings and multiple auxiliary facilities including tanks, clearwells, pump stations and vaults. Construction is expected to be completed in 2024.