The Los Angeles County Public Works Department recently became the first government agency in the U.S. to credential 100 of its personnel as Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SP), a distinction previously achieved only by large consulting engineering firms.
Following the successful completion of ISI’s Envision training and exam, these 100 new sustainability professionals—who are mostly civil engineers—are now able to implement sustainability ideas and practices and document accomplishments in projects in conformance with the Envision rating system.
LA County Public Works Director Gail Farber says the accreditation is a significant milestone in L.A. County’s continued commitment to sustainability.
“We continue to be a national leader in rethinking civil infrastructure and promoting sustainable projects, programs, and services,” says Farber, whose department was recognized recently when its Sun Valley Watershed Multi-Benefit Project achieved an Envision Platinum Award from ISI—the highest level attainable in the Envision system. “Investing in sustainability is mission-critical to preserve the long-term health and well-being of the environment and the communities we serve”.
According to ISI President and CEO Bill Bertera, the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community or social, environmental, and economic benefits of all types of infrastructure projects and measures sustainability through five categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Natural World, Resource Allocation, and Climate and Risk.
“Each ENV SP works as an integral part of a project team with civil engineers, environmental engineers, infrastructure planners, construction managers, architects, transportation professionals, public policy leaders, public works professionals, and other stakeholders to achieve the highest level of sustainability for their infrastructure projects,” says Bertera.