15
JAN
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Are you looking for a way to demonstrate the sustainability of the projects you are working on?

 

A growing number of executives at leading global infrastructure consulting and engineering firms believe that the key to sustainability, which includes balancing the need for economic development with the imperative to use resources prudently, goes well beyond buildings and must include surrounding infrastructure – power, transportation, building campuses, telecommunications, waste and water and wastewater, and all elements must be integrated. A growing number of these profession­als also believe that it is necessary to develop a sustainability rating system for infra­structure, modeled on LEED and based on agreed-upon, and in many cases, quantifi­able metrics.  Such a system would provide a consensus-based measure of how localities are doing in bringing sustainability to their communities, as well as provide a clear yard­stick for achievement by infrastructure de­velopers, who increasingly need to justify their capital investments to stakeholders on the basis clear criteria.   The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system was developed just for this purpose.

The Environmental Business Journal November 10, 2012 article details how ISI has developed and is expanding on the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system, which does just that. To read all about it, use the link (http://ebionline.org/excerpts/1543-zofnass-project-combines-with-isi-to-generate-metrics-for-sustainable-infrastructure) to access the full article and visit their website.  Provided courtesy of Environmental Business Journal. Click here to learn more about the Consulting & Engineering 2013 edition of Environmental Business Journal and to review all EBJ back issues, go to http://www.ebionline.org/ebj-issues.

 

 

 

09
MAY
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It’s been a busy few months for the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure

 

Stantec has become the most recent company to commit to getting at least 100 of its employees credentialed as ENV SPs this year. Other “fast track” companies are Arcadis, Arup, HDR, and Psomas.

This month’s edition of the APWA Reporter has two terrific articles on EnvisionTM.

    - Vicki Vickery Quiram and Carl Quirams’ article: Envision – The tool that creates confidence.
    - Kim Lundren’s article ENV SP: The only accreditation I will ever have.


Many ENV SPs will be speaking at next week's 2013 APWA Sustainability in Public Works Conference.


     - Ann Radil will give a presentation on "Using Envision to Advance the Practice of Sustainable Design and    Construction"
     - Katherine Gies will discuss "Achieving Wastewater Treatment Plant Sustainability Goals Using Envision"
    - David Reardon and Stephane Laroque will talk about "Sustainable ROI: Making the Business Case for Sustainability"
    - Kim Lundgren will discuss "Assessing Vulnerabilities of Infrastructure to Climate Change"
     - Jay Bockish will present a "Comparison of Transportation Sustainability Rating Systems"
     - Rene Vidales will participate in a panel discussion of "North Park San Diego: From Historic Neighborhood to Sustainable Community"

 

The Center for Sustainability has also added new EnvisionTM resources to its website to help public works departments join ISI and to incorporate sustainability principles into RFPs.

 

ISI has added a new feature to its website that will help you find speakers or presenters for your conferences or meetings.  You can now "Request a Speaker" for your event or group to learn more about EnvisionTM.   Download the form at the bottom of the Resources tab on ISI's website.

 

10
JUN
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President Obama signed into law the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), HR 3080, the first Water Resources bill enacted since 2007.  The new law authorizes the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to construct projects for flood control, water navigation, storm damage reduction, beach nourishment, ecological restoration, water supply and dam and levee safety.

 

Key provisions include limiting feasibility studies for new projects to three years and streamlining the environmental review and permitting process.  It also establishes a new pilot Water Infrastructure Finance Innovation Authority (WIFIA) to provide credit assistance to drinking water, wastewater and water resources projects and includes reforms to the State Revolving Fund (SRF) program.

 

In addition, the act establishes a new process for future bills to review and prioritize water resources development activities with strong Congressional oversight. It provides for increased expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to reduce the backlog of port and harbor projects and requires a review of possible ways to increase revenue collections for financing projects on the inland waterways.

The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation.  The vote in the Senate was 91-7 and 412-4 in the House of Representatives. 

 

During the signing ceremony on June 10 the President praised Congress for coming together to pass the legislation in a bipartisan manner and urged lawmakers to pass a transportation bill before the highway trust fund becomes insolvent before the end of the summer.

 

To read the full text of the law, click here

11
AUG
0

How Will Eleven US Cities Receive Two Years of Salary for a CRO for Free? Learn About Opportunities for Your City in the Next Round of Applicants!

 

There’s a new person in town and it’s the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO).  Who are they?   According to the Rockefeller Foundations 100 Resilient Cities program, they’re a great communicator, project manager, and someone who cuts across multiple disciplines.  Here’s how the 100 Resilient Cities project defines the CRO: 

 

“A Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) is a top-level advisor that reports directly to the city mayor. Their task is to establish a compelling resilience vision for his or her city, working across departments and with the local community to maximize innovation and minimize the impact of unforeseen events.”  Read more about the CRO and the skillset desired in a CRO here:  http://www.100resilientcities.org/blog/entry/what-is-a-chief-resilience-officer

 

Several of the eleven US cities, including Boulder, CO, that were chosen to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities program have already hired their CRO. The CRO’s salary for the first two years is provided by the Rockefeller Foundation.  To read more about Boulder’s new Chief Resilience Officer

https://bouldercolorado.gov/newsroom/aug-7-2014-boulder-hires-first-ever-chief-resilience-officer-2

10 other US Cities were chosen as part of the inaugural group of cities to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities program. More cities are to be chosen in 2014.  The deadline to apply is September 10, 2014

Your city can apply for the next round of eligible cities at:  http://www.100resilientcities.org/pages/100-resilient-cities-challenge

 

100 Resilient Cities Challenge Incentives

“The Finalists identified during the 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge will be eligible to receive:

  • Funding in the form of a grant to hire a Chief Resilience Officer;
  • Technical support to develop a holistic resilience strategy that reflects each city’s distinct needs;
  • Access to an innovative platform of services to support strategy development and implementation. Platform partners come from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and will offer tools in areas such as innovative finance, technology, infrastructure, land use, and community and social resilience;
  • Membership in the 100 Resilient Cities network to share knowledge and practices with other member cities.

The actual form and amount of awards will be determined at the discretion of 100 Resilient Cities.”

Source:  100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Compiled by Gail Ann Clark, Center for Sustainability Staff