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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

The Itinerario ferroviario Napoli-Bari, tratta Frasso Telesino-S. Lorenzo project, otherwise known as the Frasso Telesino-San Lorenzo Maggiore section of the Naples-Bari Railway Line, is the first project in Europe to earn an Envision award for sustainable infrastructure. This project earned Envision Platinum. The project owner – RFI (Italian Railway Network) – was presented with the award at a first-of-its kind Envision conference hosted in Milan, Italy. Learn more about the project HERE.

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).