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1 Tim Psomas Chairman of the Board, ISI Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

2 Outline Goals for the Rating System Background Details of the Rating System Becoming a Sustainability Professional Project Recognition Participating in ISI Q & A

3 Background Founding partners support sustainability as a key belief: APWA – Center for Sustainability ASCE – Committee for Sustainability ACEC – Green Scorecard Each explored a rating system for non-habitable structures Came to agree that a shared effort would succeed: Leveraging a broader membership Creating a standard model for infrastructure

4 Creating the envision TM System Inventoried the market (900+ rating systems) Consultants experienced with FIDIC and CEEQUAL developed basic framework Founder Partners developed goals, core concepts, gap identification, refinement of approaches, products Collaborated with federal agencies

5 Creating... (cont’d) 4 + Month Public Comment period thru November 18: Many responses and suggestions Concluded agreement with Harvard’s Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure: Merged rating tools Organized education, accreditation and project recognition programs Launched revised system January 16, 2012

6 Goals for envision TM Become recognized as The Model for Sustainable Achievement based on user acceptance and application; accommodate sector-specific approaches Guide practitioners, owners & stakeholders in the framing of infrastructure solutions and performance goals Sustainability must be affordable Public nature of infrastructure projects requires support of policy makers, communities and stakeholders – guide behavioral improvements in project conceptualizing while confirming technical competence Keep it simple, practical, adaptable and usable

7 Features of envision TM Applies to planning, design, construction & operation Establishes metrics for evaluating sustainability Creates methodology to balance project features to enhance sustainable performance Creates record of sustainability decisions Project Recognition based on overall project achievement

8 Owner Benefits Demonstrates concern for the environment Promotes a common language for considering levels of sustainability Applies to all non-habitable infrastructure: Can be used to assess projects, programs or whole communities 3 rd Party not-for-profit rating system Multi-faceted; not single issue solution

9 Framework of envision TM 5 Sections, 60 Criteria: Reflect triple bottom line attributes & performance Narrative guidance manual A scoring module A scoring summary Report

10 envision TM Scoring Allocation

11 Input Portal

12 Project Sections and Criteria QL1.1 Community Quality of life QL1.2 Stimulate Sustainable Growth QL1.3 Local Skills QL2.1 Public Health and Safety QL2.2 Noise and Vibration QL2.3 Light Pollution QL2.4 Mobility and Access QL2.5 Alternative Transportation Modes QL2.6 Site Accessibility QL3.1 Historic and Cultural QL3.2 Views, Local Character QL3.3 Public Space QL0.0 Innovation LD1.1 Effective Leadership LD1.2 Sustainability Management System LD1.3 Collaboration LD1.4 Stakeholder Involvement LD2.1 By-Product Synergy LD2.2 Integration LD3.1 Long Term Monitoring and Maintenance LD3.2Regulatory/ Policy Conflicts LD3.3 Extend Useful Life LD0.0 Innovation RA1.1 Embodied Energy RA1.2 Procurement RA1.3 Recycling RA1.4 Regional Materials RA1.5 Divert Waste RA1.6 Reduce Material Export RA1.7 Deconstruction RA2.1 Reduce Energy Consumption RA2.2 Renewable Energy RA2.3 Monitor Energy Systems RA3.1 Water Availability RA3.2 Water Consumption RA3.3 Monitor Water Systems RA0.0 Innovation NW1.1 Prime Habitat NW1.2 Wetlands Surface Water NW1.3 Prime Farmland NW1.4 Geologic Hazards NW1.5 Floodplains NW1.6 Steep Slopes NW1.7 Greenfields NW2.1 Storm water NW2.2 Pesticides NW2.3 Water Contamination NW3.1 Biodiversity NW3.2 Invasive Species NW3.3 Disturbed Soils NW3.4 Maintain Water Functions NW0.0 Innovation CR1.1Greenhouse Gas Emissions CR1.2 Air Pollutants CR2.1 Climate Threat CR2.2 Traps and Vulnerabilities CR2.3 Long-term Adaptability CR2.4 Short-term Hazards CR2.5 Heat Islands CR0.0 Innovation

13 Guidance Manual

14 Scoring Module

15 envision TM Project Assessment

16 ISI Accreditation

17 Benefits of Being an ISI PV

18 Becoming an ISI PV

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20 Project Recognition

21 Participating in ISI Charter Members: Early investors in ISI; committee leadership, discounts Sustaining Members: Early annual funders; committee involvement, discounts Public Sector Members (Owners): Free membership; committee involvement, discounts

22 Further information Website: Tim Psomas, Chairman, ISI: William J. Bertera, Exec Director, ISI:


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