The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University (ZPH) are proud to be hosting the Equitable and Sustainable Infrastructure / Delivering Merit and Climate Resilience conference on November 17 & 18, 2021. A day before the official conference there are pre-conference courses and a networking session for all ENV SPs. ENV SPs will be able to complete all education hours over the course of the virtual conference — including prescribed hours on Tuesday, 11/16. We’re offering three live courses, which you will find when you scroll to the bottom of the page.
Moderator: John Williams, Chairman and CEO, Impact Infrastructure, Inc. and Board Chair, ISI Welcoming and Opening Remarks: Anthony Kane, President and CEO of ISI & Professor Spiro Pollalis, Professor of Design Technology and Management, Emeritus, Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure
Minelly De Coo, Director, Capital Project Management Office of the First Deputy Mayor of NYC Office of the Mayor
Minelly’s Keynote Presentation: The increased frequency of extreme weather events is causing devastating impacts to our cities’ most vulnerable populations and its aging infrastructure. These events, and the influx of funding – federal, state, and local – that typically follows— provide cities with an opportunity to reimagine infrastructure solutions that can respond to the needs of our communities today and into the future. The presentation will focus on lessons learned in executing those types of solutions in New York City.
Session-One Description: The technical program opens with a discussion of the factors that shape infrastructure development. Speakers will discuss the needs of the “outside world” and how those needs can be met by infrastructure professionals or the “inside world.” the speakers addressing public-policy issues will touch on climate change, lifecycle cost-effectiveness and equity in a post-pandemic recovery. Experts will shine a light on public-sector funding in the form of stimulus and grants as well as private-sector financing. Examples of localized success stories will be shared.
Session 1 – Panel 1 / 11:30 am: Evolving Public Policy and Funding
Linh Do, Senior Vice President, AKRF, presentation title coming soon
Lisa MacTavish, M.Eng., P.Eng., Climate Resilience Engineer, WSP, bio and presentation information coming soon
Session One – Panel Two / 12:30 pm: Local Examples of Implementing Policies and Securing Funding
Kathy Collins, Director of Sustainability, NV5, presentation title: 40 percent Decarbonization
Michael Sussman, Chairman and CEO, Strategic Rail Finance and OnTrackNorthAmerica, presentation title: The Future of Land Freight Lifecycle Impact Assessment, A Case Study: Port of Long Beach
Vanessa Velasco, Senior Environmental Scientist, California Department of Water Resources, presentation title: Fitting Envision in to a State Agency’s World
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. / Award Ceremony & Moment of Recognition Moderators: Melissa Peneycad, Managing Director, ISI & Anthony Kane, President and CEO of ISI
Award Description: Join our special one-hour webinar as we celebrate the recent achievements of the ISI and ZPH networks. Recent project award recipients will be invited to share highlights from their Envision projects. Select project highlights include:
Garage souterrain Côte-Vertu —Alexis Lautard, Conseiller corporatif, Développement durable, Société de transport de Montréal
City of Red Deer Water Treatment Plant Residuals Management Facility —Kingsford Amoah, Environmental Planning Engineer, City of Red Deer
Miami-Dade County Dolphin Station Park-and-Ride/Transit Terminal Facility —Patricia Gómez, Ph.D., Senior Resilience/Energy Program Manager, Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience
Westminster BDCWWTF Solids Dewatering and Campus Wide Improvements —Julie Koehler, Utilities Engineering Manager, City of Westminster
Oxford Retention Basin Multiuse Enhancement Project —Ryan Virgin, Associate Civil Engineer, Los Angeles County Public Works
Session-Two Description: Assessing stakeholder needs allows us to be better positioned to identify appropriate solutions, and this session puts a laser focus on best practices in stakeholder engagement. Speakers in this session share perspectives from the asset owner, infrastructure users, and the “host” community to create a two-way street of communication between stakeholders and infrastructure professionals. Special attention will be paid to engaging multiple public community groups in cases where stakeholders have been previously disconnected and where communities are working toward climate resilience. Additionally, lessons learned from the pandemic will be discussed, including how COVID-19 has changed engagement with stakeholders and which new best practices are here to stay.
Session-Three Description: For generations, infrastructure projects have resulted in a mixture of impacts and benefits. Many of the impacts flowed to communities that struggle to access opportunities to improve their lives. In this session, we will shine a light on the realities of infrastructure development, including tradeoffs that all of us have faced striving to deliver solutions to serve the needs of the broadest communities.
11:30 a.m. – Panel One: Who are the underserved and what is their infrastructure reality?
Panel One will focus on the practical realities of infrastructure development, including ramifications of our decisions and how steps are being taken to ensure that the long-term interests of entire communities are addressed adequately.
Sonal Jessel, Director of Policy, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, presentation title: Climate Justice & Infrastructure in Northern ManHattan
12 p.m. – Panel Two: How can infrastructure serve as connections to opportunities?
Panel two will examine how three generations of engineers view their evolving roles in infrastructure development and the challenges of gentrification versus connectivity to enable less-advantaged people to access opportunities that enhance their lives.
Cris B. Liban, Chief Sustainability Officer, LA Metro, presentation information coming soon
Jean Paul (JP) Liban, Environmental and Ecological Engineering Student, Purdue University, presentation information coming soon
12:30 p.m. – Panel Three: How is the infrastructure community engaging with Envision to lift the underserved who are impacted by climate change?
Panel three will focus on specific examples of 21st Century Infrastructure projects that deliver solutions to serve present and future generations in ways that lift all lives.
Elizabeth Knauer, Principal, Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C., presentation title: Community Equity Agreements
Jason Waldron, P.E., Transportation Director, city of Kansas City, MO, presentation title coming soon
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. / Posters and Networking Session
Register to attend this interactive poster and networking session using the Remo platform. The poster session is an opportunity to share your work on sustainable infrastructure and engage with conference attendees. For more information and to submit a poster or video for consideration, please click here and complete the Google form.
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. / Session Four: Thinking from the Inside-Out Moderator: Eric Bill, Chief Economist, Autocase
Session-Four Description: Throughout the virtual conference, external “influence” factors have been analyzed with respect to how they may inform infrastructure decisions. As a session intended to culminate the ideas and best practices, the final session is forward-thinking. It showcases how infrastructure professionals can plan for and design systems that meet current demands. Speakers will define “merit” in the context of infrastructure design and spotlight technology and innovation to deliver merit.
Course Description: 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. The purpose of this course is to demonstrate 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.
Best Practices for Using Envision on Projects and Across Portfolios
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*This course qualifies toward 1 prescribed hour of education toward ENV SP credential maintenance.
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to demonstrate 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 use that standardize implementation approaches across the project lifecycle.
Course Description: 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. This course 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 examples inform future efforts and inspire expanded use of Envision.
Remo Open House and Networking
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. -Click “Save me a Spot!”
Join us on Tuesday evening before the conference begins to meet your fellow attendees and familiarize yourself with the Remo platform. Great opportunity for first-time Remo users and anyone wanting to make the most of conference networking sessions.
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