Changing and Renewing Leadership
A Message from ISI’s Acting President & CEO
I am honored that the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Board of Directors has asked me to assume the role of Acting President and CEO. This is an exciting time for ISI and the Envision community. Having been involved since ISI’s inception I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished together over the years.
Our collaboration with stakeholders is what has defined ISI. The organization’s creation was itself an act of collaboration between our founding organizations that continue to support and guide us today: the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Public Works Association (APWA), and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). Creating Envision was another collaboration with Harvard University’s Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure. Envision became a first-of-its-kind tool in the United States and Canada that has helped advance sustainable infrastructure for seven years and counting. Most recently, the development of Envision v3 was the fulfillment of a promise that Envision would grow and adapt with our industry’s needs. More than 85 professionals volunteered their time and talents to make this next Envision even better than before. Today, with Melissa Peneycad and Lindsey Geiger leading unprecedented growth in our verification and education programs respectively, we have a talented leadership team in place ready and eager to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.
While we are proud of all we have accomplished together we also recognize the considerable work ahead of us. To borrow a quote, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. ISI was created to serve the infrastructure community in this way; to bring together those committed to sustainable infrastructure and to provide for them the tools, resources, services, and advocacy they need. In a world of limited time and resources ISI’s goal is to identify areas where shared and collaborative research and development can make the most impact. This is our renewed pledge going forward.
ISI staff and I are unanimous in our commitment that this exciting new phase in Envision’s growth be marked by the same collaboration as our creation. It is no easy feat. Today we number among the Envision community 572 companies, universities, and government agencies. This includes 8,000 Envision Sustainability Professionals—many recently renewing their commitment in our new credential maintenance program. Our verification program has reviewed 71 projects totaling $19.5 billion in infrastructure development with another 106 projects totaling $30.8 billion registered for review. I assure you this is just the beginning. With your support we can ensure this momentum continues to grow.
In the coming weeks and months I ask you to stay connected. We will be reforming committees, asking for your input, and sending out more communications regarding our activities and the activities of the Envision community. We will be developing better ways to share and disseminate information, and we will work hard to get the resources and tools you need into your hands faster and more reliably. ISI’s future is bright as we serve the essential needs of communities around the world, and are fueled by the passion, commitment, and considerable talents of our community of practice.
I sincerely hope that you will be a part of it.