UNECE Appoints ISI’s Melissa Peneycad to Co-Chair International Project Team

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – April 21, 2020 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure is proud to announce that the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has appointed ISI’s Managing Director Melissa Peneycad to serve as co-chairperson of an International Project Team that is developing an evaluation methodology to score infrastructure projects against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The goal of the tool – called the People-First PPP Impact Assessment Tool – is to score and validate Public Private Partnership (PPP) approaches, ensuring they lead to positive, measurable, intentional, and tangible United Nations SDG impacts.

The Impact Assessment Tool will also help governments, private sector agencies, lenders, and international organizations apply the method to all PPP projects.

“Today, we need, more than ever, to mobilise the business community to enter into PPPs on a large and unprecedented scale. It is important to give the private sector the incentives and detailed road maps to build back stronger and work on a project impact assessment tool is of great importance. The UNECE and other UN bodies have limited practical experience in developing such instruments, and we are highly appreciative of partnering with Envision and in having Melissa’s unique expertise and technical know-how in this work as Chair and in the work that lies ahead to make it operational and available to an international community,” said Geoffrey Hamilton, Chief, UNECE International Public Private Partnerships Centre of Excellence in Geneva, Switzerland.

As one of the co-chairpersons for this initiative, Melissa brings extensive experience to the endeavor. Throughout her 18-year career, Melissa has developed and implemented several sustainability standards, certification programs and frameworks. Moreover, she currently leads ISI’s global sustainable infrastructure verification program and has verified the sustainability of more than 70 projects valued at over US $18 billion, with another US $18 billion in assets currently under her purview.

Melissa will be helping lead a team of one-hundred international experts and is eager to make a difference. “This is a wonderful honor, and I am proud to be part of this international team. I’m also excited to show the global community how perfectly Envision aligns with People-First Projects and the tool itself,” Peneycad said. “A vital component of this international initiative is to certify that the Impact Assessment Tool is created based on empirical evidence from real world project case studies. That means ISI’s Envision verified case studies and best practices could contribute to the tool’s design.”

Moving forward in 2020, the international team will continue to collaborate on the Impact Assessment Tool with the hopes of finishing by the end of the year.

To learn more about the Impact Assessment Tool, please read the UNECE press release.


About Envision®: Envision is the product of a collaboration between ISI, which was founded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA), and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Media Contact: For inquiries regarding this press release, please contact ISI’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Dyan Lee, at lee@sustainableinfrastructure.org