The American Public Works Association (APWA), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) have joined together to found a stand alone, independent, not-for-profit, 501 c (3) organization to develop and promote a rating system for civil infrastructure. The new organization, called the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), has developed a prototype tool to rate the sustainability of a civil infrastructure project at any point in its life cycle, and to relate that assessment to other infrastructure assets and needs. The tool factors in not only engineering and construction elements, but environmental, legal, social and economic variables. The tool is called ISI-Zofnass Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System™ and its purpose is to help facilitate the public discussion of what constitutes sustainable infrastructure in your community and to assist public works professionals in implementing those goals.
The intent of rating system is to evaluate infrastructure in a holistic manner that takes into account community needs, values, priorities and resources and, in doing so, provides a guide for better decision making about what constitutes sustainable infrastructure in an increasingly complex environment that measures everything in terms of sustainability.
To learn more about the rating system and ISI please visit http://sustainableinfrastructure.org.
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