I recently learned of some trends that have me enthusiastic about our profession’s adoption of sustainable practices and how we’re increasingly integrating them into projects.
It’s been a year since the public launch of Envision, the sustainability rating system for projects created and administered by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, the association launched by ASCE along with the American Public Works Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies, and six months since projects were welcomed for ISI’s independent, third party verification review. Already, there are about a half dozen projects in the verification pipeline.
It’s also been about six months since ISI began training and credentialing Envision Sustainability Professionals. In that time, 375 people have become ENV SPs, and ISI has started to see demand for them on projects. As Executive Director Pat Natale and I learned at ISI’s recent board meeting, a growing number of projects’ requests for proposals are requiring an Envision Sustainability Professional to ensure they satisfy the rating system’s standards.
These are trends that are only going to grow as we move deeper into the 21st century and sustainable practices are seen as increasingly essential to projects of every scale and scope. Here’s the link to ISI and the Envision program, including how to have projects evaluated, and how to become ENV SP credentialed. The website should be among your essential bookmarks.
I’d like to hear from you about any specific applications of sustainability you’ve included in your project work. Are you working on a project with the potential to be Envision rated, or think you might be interested in becoming an ENV SP? Talk about it below, or over at the LinkedIn discussion for this entry.