Father of Envision Rating System Named Fellow

May 16, 2016


William A. “Bill” Wallace, F.ASCE, ENV SP, a recognized leader in the field of sustainability, serving on several national and international professional society committees and operating a successful consulting practice, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Wallace is the inventor and lead designer of the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system. This system helps project owners and engineers determine the extent to which their infrastructure projects contribute to sustainability. Envision is managed by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, located in Washington, DC. ISI was founded by ASCE, the American Public Works Association, and the American Council of Engineering Companies. Also, ISI is partnered with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Currently there are over 4,500 ENV SPs in the U.S., Canada, and 19 other countries.

For this work, Wallace received Engineering News-Record’s 2013 Award of Excellence, and the ASCE President’s Medal in 2014. He was also nominated by ASCE for the U.S. National Medal for Technology and Innovation. Wallace’s book, Becoming Part of the Solution: The Engineer’s Guide to Sustainable Development, has been a bestseller for the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Wallace has over 40 years of professional experience, including 30 years in the field of environmental engineering and management. He spent 21 years at CH2M holding various senior management positions, including a three-year term on the board of directors. He directed the firm’s hazardous waste management group and helped it transform into a national leader in hazardous waste site remediation. On multiple occasions, he was invited to give testimony to U.S. Congressional Committees on the use of innovative technologies in hazardous waste site cleanup. At CH2M, he started the firm’s sustainable engineering practice, and led its foray into the Olympic Games. CH2M provided environmental and engineering support services to the Olympic cities of Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Beijing, and London.

Wallace is currently an adjunct lecturer for the University of Florida’s distance-learning graduate education program (EDGE), teaching Principles of Green Engineering Design. In addition, he has designed and delivered ASCE’s new 25-module online course, “Engineering for a Sustainable Future: Principles and Practices for the Built Environment.” This course is the central part of the ASCE Sustainable Infrastructure Education program.

He also chaired ASCE’s first International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), held in Long Beach, CA, Nov. 6-8, 2014, and is a member of the Conference Advisory Committee for the follow-on conferences in Shenzhen, China (2016), and New York City (2017).

Wallace is currently a member of the Board of GeoEngineers, Inc. In the past, he served as a liaison delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, an international organization of over 200 multinational companies, all with a shared commitment to sustainability. He was also president and a member of the governing board of Engineers Without Borders USA.

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