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Melissa Peneycad Appointed to Managing Director

Melissa Peneycad

Washington, DC – May 28, 2019 – the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa Peneycad to the role of Managing Director. 

Melissa has been with ISI since 2016 in the capacity of Director, Sustainable Projects. She had been Acting Managing Director since March 11.

“Melissa has been instrumental in growing and developing the Envision verification program – a program which now boasts more than $20 billion of infrastructure development as being Envision verified, and an additional $30 billion of infrastructure registered and under review,” said Anthony Kane, President & CEO.  “Her commitment to ISI in recent years has been crucial to the organization’s development, and I look forward to continuing to work with her and the rest of the ISI team to realize a new vision of further developing the organization and supporting the sustainable infrastructure communities in the U.S., Canada, and overseas.”

In her new role, Melissa will develop and manage strategic partnerships and outreach efforts and will continue to lead the Envision verification program. Her new role takes effect immediately.

 

Anthony Kane Appointed President & CEO

Washington, DC – The Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Kane as President & CEO.  He had been acting in the role since March 5.

John Williams, Chair of the Board of Directors – “The Board is happy to appoint Anthony and believe he is the right choice as ISI looks to grow and support the sustainable infrastructure community. We look forward to his leadership.”

Anthony Kane has been with ISI for many years and most recently distinguished himself in the role of Managing Director. He came to ISI from the Harvard University Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, and has been instrumental in the creation, launch and growth of the Envision program—ISI’s framework that supports higher performance through more sustainable choices in infrastructure development. ISI has now credentialed over 8,000 Envision Sustainability Professionals and issued Envision awards for over $20 billion in sustainable infrastructure. Another $30 billion in infrastructure projects are registered and pursuing Envision awards.

Anthony Kane, President & 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, and look forward to further growth and development.”

Anthony’s appointment is effective immediately.  Please join me in congratulating Anthony and welcoming him to his new leadership role.

John Williams
Chair of the Board of Directors
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

OC Streetcar

The OC Streetcar project, managed by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), recently earned an Envision Silver rating for sustainable infrastructure. This is the 15th Envision-verified project in the state, and the first modern streetcar project in California to receive Envision recognition.

The project helps OCTA and the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove reach their goals to increase transportation options and improve transit connectivity. The $407.7 million project, which is expected to begin operation in 2022, will operate along a 4.15-mile route that connects the bustling Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) — providing regional rail, OCTA bus, and intercity and international bus services — to a new multimodal hub at Harbor Boulevard/Westminster Avenue in Garden Grove.

Learn more about the project by visiting the PROJECT PAGE.

Itinerario ferroviario Napoli-Bari, tratta Frasso Telesino-S. Lorenzo


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L’itinerario Napoli – Bari è parte integrante del Corridoio ferroviario Scandinavia-Mediterraneo della Rete Transeuropea dei Trasporti (TEN-T). L’intervento di potenziamento in corso di realizzazione consiste nel raddoppio e nella velocizzazione fino a 200 km/h di alcune tratte dell’attuale linea al fine di incrementarne la capacità, la frequenza e la regolarità dei servizi di trasporto, migliorare l’accessibilità del territorio e facilitare gli spostamenti da Bari verso Napoli e Roma: nel 2026, alla conclusione prevista dei lavori, sarà possibile andare da Bari a Roma in c.a. 3 ore e a Napoli in c.a. 2 ore. L’intera opera, realizzata per lotti funzionali che saranno progressivamente attivati all’esercizio, costerà in totale 6,2 miliardi di Euro, in gran parte finanziati dallo Stato Italiano con partecipazione anche di fondi EU. L’opera si pone anche l’obiettivo di piena integrazione del sistema ferroviario con il tessuto regionale costituito da nodi urbani, portuali, aeroportuali e logistici. La linea sarà, inoltre, affiancata da altre infrastrutture lineari in modo da costituire un “Corridoio Multifunzionale”, caratterizzato dalla dorsale ferroviaria, da una dorsale di trasmissione elettrica, che consentirà – nel medio termine – di aumentare il bilanciamento e il carico in tempo reale delle energie rinnovabili e che – nel lungo termine – sarà parte della “European Supergrid 2050”, e da una dorsale digitale che consentirà di connettere con fibra ottica i territori attraversati e le stazioni ferroviarie.

La certificazione Envision ottenuta da RFI è relativa alla tratta Frasso Telesino – Telese – S. Lorenzo dall’estensione di c.a. 21 km: essa collegherà le aree dei Comuni beneventani di Frasso Telesino, Telese e San Lorenzo Maggiore, attraverso una serie di interventi di raddoppio, in variante e in affiancamento della linea esistente, di realizzazione di nuove stazioni ferroviarie, ma soprattutto di potenziamento dell’accessibilità alle aree interessate dal progetto.

L’orientamento della progettazione e della realizzazione delle opere verso la sostenibilità contribuisce a mitigare gli impatti sulle comunità interessate dal progetto e sull’ambiente, a ridurre i costi a vita intera dell’opera, inclusi quelli di realizzazione, di gestione e manutenzione della stessa, e ad aumentare l’efficienza del progetto conseguendo importanti risparmi in termini economici e temporali. Tale impegno è stato ratificato dal raggiungimento del livello massimo di certificazione “Platinum”, al termine di un processo condotto con successo da RFI grazie anche alle sinergie attivate con la Regione Campania attraverso un tavolo tecnico di coordinamento dei numerosi attori coinvolti con gli obiettivi di  identificare gli elementi di sostenibilità del progetto e di massimizzare gli effetti di sviluppo territoriale indotti dall’opera e dalla sua integrazione con le altre infrastrutture lineari.

Tra i fattori che hanno contribuito al raggiungimento del massimo livello di certificazione conseguibile, figurano:

•      la condivisione con gli Stakeholder: infatti la nuova linea AV/AC Napoli – Bari è stata concepita come un’opera che connette e non attraversa soltanto i territori. La connessione con le aree industriali e produttive permetterà di generare importanti iniziative logistiche nelle aree del Sannio e dell’Irpinia. Uno degli aspetti che abbiamo curato maggiormente con il protocollo Envision è stato quello di elaborare un quadro condiviso e trasparente verso l’esterno con tutti gli Enti Locali per realizzare un progetto che avesse ricadute concrete per le comunità locali. In questo modo è stato possibile promuovere e valutare sinergie, opportunità ed efficienza dell’opera e dell’intero contesto infrastrutturale, ambientale, economico e sociale. Inoltre, accorciando notevolmente le distanze tra le grandi aree metropolitane del Sud e riducendo i tempi di percorrenza tra Bari, Napoli e Roma. L’opera potrà avere anche l’effetto di rivitalizzare le aree oggi soggette a fenomeni di spopolamento.

•      la salvaguardia degli elementi peculiari del territorio: la progettazione dell’intervento è stata, infatti, elaborata secondo il principio fondamentale di tutela dell’ambiente e nel rispetto degli ambiti territoriali ed ambientali interferiti. Il progetto del tratto Frasso Telesino – San Lorenzo preserva la qualità paesaggistica ed ecologica dei luoghi, prevedendo il riutilizzo e il recupero della maggior parte dei materiali di scavo, minimizzando al tempo stesso le interferenze con il territorio attraversato e assicurando elevati standard tecnico-qualitativi in fase realizzativa. La scelta del tracciato, tra le diverse alternative e varianti possibili, ha anche privilegiato soluzioni con impatti minori sugli habitat esistenti, salvaguardando ad esempio le aree di esondazione dei principali corsi d’acqua presenti sul territorio e cercando di minimizzare gli impatti sulle aree di produzione vinicola locale. Sono state privilegiate scelte progettuali come lo spostamento del tracciato, la disposizione delle pile dei viadotti esterne all’alveo, o la rimozione di alcuni tratti esistenti, sostituiti da parti in galleria, e da interventi di mitigazione come la rinaturalizzazione delle aree, il ripristino di fasce ripariali e delle attività agricole.

•         l’importanza della resilienza: la progettazione ha affrontato anche temi come la resilienza dell’opera ferroviaria nei confronti delle possibili minacce e vulnerabilità legate alle variazioni climatiche, alle condizioni geomorfologiche delle regioni interessate, ma anche alla variazione delle condizioni socio-economiche.

 

The Naples-Bari route is an integral part of the Scandinavia-Mediterranean railway corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The expansion work currently being carried out consists of doubling and speeding up to 200 km / h of some sections of the current line in order to increase the capacity, frequency and regularity of transport services, improve the accessibility of the territory and facilitate travel from Bari to Naples and Rome: in 2026, at the expected completion of the works, it will be possible to go from Bari to Rome in about  3 hours and in Naples in about 2 hours. The entire work, carried out for functional lots that will be progressively activated during the year, will cost a total of 6.2 billion euros, mostly financed by the Italian State with participation also of EU funds. The work also aims to fully integrate the railway system with the regional context  made up of urban, port, airport and logistics nodes. The line will also be flanked by other linear infrastructures in order to constitute a “Multifunctional Corridor”, characterized by the railway backbone, by an electric transmission backbone, which will allow – in the medium term – to increase the balancing and the load in real time of renewable energies and that – in the long term – will be part of the “European Supergrid 2050”, and of a digital backbone that will allow to connect the territories crossed and the railway stations with optical fiber.

The Envision-verification obtained by RFI relates to the Frasso Telesino – Telese – S. Lorenzo section of the extension of about 21 km: it will connect the areas of the Benevento Municipalities of Frasso Telesino, Telese and San Lorenzo Maggiore, through a series of doubling interventions, in variant and alongside the existing line, of the construction of new railway stations, but above all of strengthening the accessibility to the areas affected by the project.

The orientation of the design and construction of the works towards sustainability contributes to mitigating the impacts on the communities affected by the project and on the environment, to reduce the lifetime costs of the work, including those of construction, management and maintenance of the same , and to increase the efficiency of the project achieving important savings in economic and temporal terms. This commitment was ratified by the achievement of the maximum level of “Platinum” certification, at the end of a process conducted successfully by RFI thanks to the synergies activated with the Campania Region through a technical coordination table of the numerous actors involved with the objectives of identifying the elements of sustainability of the project and to maximize the effects of territorial development induced by the work and its integration with other linear infrastructures.

The factors that contributed to the achievement of the maximum achievable certification level include:

• sharing with stakeholders: in fact, the new AV / AC Naples – Bari line was conceived as a work that connects and does not cross only the territories. The connection with the industrial and production areas will allow to generate important logistic initiatives in the areas of Sannio and Irpinia. One of the aspects that we have taken care of the most with the Envision protocol has been to elaborate a shared and transparent framework outwards  with all the Local Authorities to carry out a project that had concrete repercussions for the local communities. In this way it was possible to promote and evaluate synergies, opportunities and efficiency of the work and of the entire infrastructural, environmental, economic and social context. Furthermore, by considerably shortening the distances between the large metropolitan areas of the South and reducing travel times between Bari, Naples and Rome. The work may also have the effect of revitalizing the areas now subject to depopulation.

• safeguarding the peculiar elements of the territory: the planning of the intervention was, in fact, elaborated according to the fundamental principle of environmental protection and in respect of the interfered territorial and environmental areas. The project of the Frasso Telesino – San Lorenzo section preserves the landscape and ecological quality of the places, foreseeing the reuse and recovery of most of the excavated materials, minimizing at the same time the interferences with the territory crossed and ensuring high technical and qualitative standards in implementation phase. The choice of the route, among the different alternatives and possible variants, has also favored solutions with minor impacts on existing habitats, safeguarding for example the areas of flooding of the main waterways present in the territory and trying to minimize the impacts on the local wine production areas. Preference was given to design choices such as the displacement of the route, the arrangement of the stacks of viaducts outside the riverbed, or the removal of some existing sections, replaced by tunnel parts, and mitigation measures such as the re-naturalization of areas, the restoration of riparian strips and agricultural activities.

• the importance of resilience: the project has also addressed issues such as the resilience of the railway work towards possible threats and vulnerabilities linked to climatic variations, the geomorphological conditions of the regions concerned, but also the variation of socio-economic conditions.


 

Credential Maintenance: Required Courses for 2019

As a part of the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credential maintenance program, ISI prescribes two courses annually that all ENV SPs are required to complete. These courses ensure all ENV SPs have the same foundational understanding of Envision and the current trends within the sustainable infrastructure sector.

Required courses are added to all ENV SPs’ accounts at the beginning of the renewal period. The following two courses were published and are available as the 2019 required courses for ENV SPs whose credential maintenance renewal period began in 2019.

ISI Required Course 2019: The Envision Framework

The purpose of this course is to examine the six components of the Envision framework. Each of the components are presented in detail, providing a comprehensive look at the framework. This course describes the interrelatedness of the components, illustrating how they optimally support the framework together.

ISI Required Course 2019: Sustainable Infrastructure and the Role of Envision

This course provides an overview of the trends impacting the implementation of sustainable infrastructure. Envision is detailed as a framework that can be used to address challenges in the infrastructure sector.

Log in to your ISI account to access these courses. For additional information on how to complete these courses and use the other credential maintenance features of your ISI account, please reference the illustrated Web Tutorial: ENV SP Credential Maintenance.

Eagle Creek Airpark Taxiway B

The Eagle Creek Airpark Taxiway B project in Indianapolis, Indiana is the recent recipient of the Envision Bronze award for sustainable infrastructure. This project involves the rehabilitation, widening and relocation of Taxiway B at Eagle Creek Airpark, a General Aviation airport owned by the Indianapolis Airport Authority. The main objectives of the project are to meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s design standards, improve the condition of the pavement, and achieve required separation standards. The project also involves the replacement of existing lighting with LEDs.

The project design was led by Woolpert with C&S Engineers, Inc., serving as Envision Administrator.  The team worked in close collaboration with the IAA to deliver this award-winning, sustainable project.

To learn more about this project, visit the PROJECT PAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Columbia Institute of Technology’s North Campus Infrastructure Project Earns Envision Gold

The North Campus Infrastructure Project at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby, British Columbia is the recent recipient of the Envision®Gold award for sustainable infrastructure.

“The continuous community engagement throughout the North Campus Infrastructure Project has allowed BCIT to fully understand the needs of its community and to guide development and renewal opportunities that provide long-term benefits. This award further recognizes BCIT for its strong commitment and leadership in sustainability,” said Kathy Kinloch, President of BCIT.

Funded by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, and BCIT, the North Campus Infrastructure project provides a critical upgrade to the campus’ electrical infrastructure. Electrical power at the Burnaby Campus is currently provided through two on-campus high-voltage (HV) receiving stations called Goard Way and Canada Way, which are connected to the 12.5 kV HV service provided by BC Hydro.

BCIT worked in close collaboration with Stantec, PCL Constructors Westcoast, R.F. Binnie & Associates, and PFS Studio to deliver this award-winning sustainable project.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this project.

 

 

 

Terminal 2 Parking Plaza at the San Diego International Airport earns Envision Gold

The Terminal 2 Parking at the San Diego International Airport (SAN) has received the Envision Gold award for sustainable infrastructure. This is the second project at SAN to receive an Envision award. To reach Gold status, a project must demonstrate that it delivers a wide range of heightened environmental, social, and economic benefits to the host and affected communities.

“The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is committed to ensuring that all of our capital projects meet the highest standards of environmental and financial sustainability,” said Kim Becker, the Airport Authority’s President/CEO. “We could not be more proud that the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure has recognized our efforts with the Envision Gold award for the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Envision v3 Pre-Assessment Checklist Is Now Available

April 29, 2019

ISI is pleased to announce the launch of the highly-anticipated Envision v3 Pre-Assessment Checklist. The launch of the checklist coincides with an important milestone for Envision v3: its one-year anniversary.

Screen capture of a portion of the “results” section in the Envision v3 Pre-Assessment Checklist

The checklist is an Excel-based tool to support the incorporation of Envision early in project planning and conceptual design phases. The checklist presents the Envision criteria as yes/no questions, helping project teams to quickly identify whether they are addressing the full range of sustainability criteria. While the results from a project assessment using the checklist do not directly correspond to Envision rating system scores, the results are presented as an estimate of the potential score a project may achieve should it proceed through third-party verification. Projects that address many of the assessment criteria demonstrate that their approach to sustainability is sufficiently broad and these projects may be good candidates for setting more detailed performance goals and objectives using the Envision guidance manual, and for verification and award.

The Envision v3 Pre-Assessment Checklist is free to use and is available for download from Envision account holders’ dashboards on the ISI website. Log in to the ISI website or create a free account to access this resource.

Welcoming New Additions to the Envision Review Board: Lindsay Motl, Amanda Schweickert, and Sharon Wright

On the 4th anniversary of its creation ISI would like to take the opportunity to recognize the newest members of the Envision Review Board: Lindsay Motl (Alliant Energy), Amanda Schweickert (BergerABAM), and Sharon Wright (City of St. Petersburg). You can learn more about them and their journey as sustainability leaders in the bios below.

Originally created on April 30th, 2015 the Envision Review Board is comprised of industry-leading infrastructure professionals representing public agencies, private companies, and general interest groups. The mission of the Envision Review Board is to ensure 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. In this way, Envision is a tool created and overseen by the infrastructure industry itself.

To learn more about the entire Envision Review Board Click Here.

Lindsay Motl

Lead Environmental Specialist
Alliant Energy Corporation

 

Lindsay brings 14 years of experience within the environmental field, including nine in the utility industry, specializing in sustainability management, landfill development projects, contract administration, and environmental compliance. She manages Alliant Energy’s beneficial reuse program, overseeing marketing of byproducts from generation facilities to be utilized in a sustainable manner. In addition, she is a champion for sustainability, supporting the implementation of best practices that enhance the environmental and social performance of infrastructure projects. The projects she has supported have been recognized with two Platinum Envision awards to date. Lindsay holds a BS in biology and environmental science from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and is a certified Envision Sustainability Professional.

Amanda Schweickert

Project Engineer/ Sustainability Specialist
BergerABAM

As the Sustainability Specialist at BergerABAM, Amanda has been in charge of sustainability for projects varying from buildings, bridges, transit and waterfront structures. She leads the development of sustainability within the company and in the community. As an early adopter of Envision, she became one of the first Envision Sustainability Professionals credentialed in Washington and was part of the first class of ISI trained Verifiers and Trainers. Amanda has reviewed projects for Envision v2 verification and has had the opportunity to train individuals in WA, CA, HI, NJ, and NY. In addition to Envision, Amanda has experience in LEED and Sustainable Sites.Ms. Schweickert has a passion for educating on and advocating for sustainable infrastructure within the Pacific Northwest through her involvement in the green infrastructure community. She is involved with school activities that focus on being “green”, participating in the Green Apple Day of Service each year. She cofounded and chaired the sustainability committee with the American Society of Civil Engineers Seattle Section, is a member of the American Public Works Association sustainability committee and has been involved with Engineers Without Borders USA as a project manager and professional mentor in Ghana and Uganda. She holds a BS from the Pennsylvania State University in Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing and an MS from the University of Arizona in Civil Engineering. She is a licensed professional engineer in Washington and California.

Sharon Wright

Sustainability & Resiliency Director
City of St. Petersburg

Sharon is the Sustainability & Resiliency Director for the City of St. Petersburg. She is responsible for delivering the mayor’s sustainability priorities by working across city departments and with citizens, businesses, and community partners to establish a community-wide sustainability program. Sharon has a B.S. Soil and Water Science – Forestry, Wetlands, Agriculture from the University of Florida and an M.S. City and Regional Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology. Before coming to the city in 2014, Sharon worked as a Community & Environmental Planner for almost 14 years.Sharon’s work up to now has taken her across disciplines and across the country from doing GIS and planning work on combined sewer overflows in the City of Atlanta, to community plans and environmental impact statements across the west coast. Based in Seattle, Sharon worked on large infrastructure projects including bridges, transit centers, and solid waste facilities in Washington, Alaska and Montana. In 2009, Sharon earned her LEED AP BD+C, and has since continually increased green building and sustainability into her work.Sharon’s current work includes collaborating on a multitude of sustainability programs as well as participating as an internal city team advisor for sustainability, resiliency and green certifications, including Envision, on an array of building and infrastructure projects. Sharon’s personal interests including hiking, biking, live music, and her new little dog Jovi (she’s a little runaway).