Welcome to APWA’s Center for Sustainability website!
Since its creation in 2009, the Center’s goal has been to serve as a primary resource for APWA members regarding sustainability and sustainable practices in public works. With current economic and environmental challenges facing all of our communities, public works leaders know that sustainable approaches are the best answer.
The Center website is designed to provide information, and links to other resources, to help public works leaders learn about and further embrace sustainability. As the website continues to evolve, you will see more case studies, testimonials and other real life examples of sustainable practices from APWA member communities and other sources. We invite you to visit the site often so that you do not miss any new developments.
We invite you to watch our video “Stewards of Sustainability” and to share it with your colleagues who might want to learn more about sustainability in public works.
The Center also encourages you continue to learn more about sustainability by taking advantage of the Click, Listen and Learn programs that cover issues related to sustainability – including community resiliency. And, last year over 40 sessions at Congress 2014 had a sustainability theme. At Congress, the Center also held a Round Table discussion on community resiliency which is a growing area of concern for and of interest to public works.
The Center is also is proud of APWA’s role as a founding partner in the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) which has developed a tool, Envision™, for rating the sustainability of infrastructure projects. Envision™ provides a holistic framework for the planning of infrastructure projects, helping to evaluate the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. For projects that are submitted to ISI for recognition, Envision evaluates, grades, and gives recognition to those infrastructure projects that use transformational, collaborative approaches to assess the sustainability indicators over the course of the project's life cycle.
Please feel free to contact me if you have a question or need APWA’s help with sustainability. We look forward to working with you!
Jennifer Winter, PE
Chair, APWA Center for Sustainability
Project Director, HR Green
Cedar Rapids, IA