The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced that it has reached the milestone of more than 1,000 Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) from across North America who have been credentialed in the use of the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system.
These ISI credentialed practitioners are trained to use the Envision rating system as a guide to address sustainability dimensions in the design, construction and operation of an infrastructure project. ENV SPs work together with project design teams from both the public and private sectors to provide technical expertise and guide the team on ways of improving the sustainability metrics of projects.
Since the launch of Envision in 2012, more than 400 companies, public agencies and universities have provided applications for credentialing their organization’s sustainability professionals. Public sector sustainability professionals account for about 20% of the total credentialed.
“The agencies with credentialed ENV SPs are better able to analyze and evaluate the levels of infrastructure sustainability, which includes the economic, environmental and social aspects of the triple-bottom line in their community projects,” said ISI Executive Director Bill Bertera. “Infrastructure owners are seeking ways of meeting their sustainability goals and also creating public confidence in the process of civil infrastructure development,” he said. “Envision meets this need, as an in-depth planning guide and rating system used to improve the sustainability aspects of infrastructure projects.”
Half of the more than 1,000 Envision sustainability professionals are from companies that have 10 or more credentialed ENV SPs, indicating significant interest, support and investment from leaders in the industry. Private sector companies include, ARCADIS, Arup, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Gannett Fleming, HDR, HNTB Corp., Psomas, Stantec and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc.
The Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system is applicable to all types, sizes and complexities of civil and private infrastructure, and is already providing useful sustainability ratings in infrastructure projects such as stormwater management, roads, watershed projects, water and wastewater, airports, and rail systems.