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2 Topics What is Sustainability? What is Green Infrastructure? What is Resilient Infrastructure? Sustainable Infrastructure Is Not LEED ! What are Owners/ Agencies Looking for? Why Does it Matter? What Can I Do To Respond? Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure What Does This Mean for Designs? For Me? Standards and Best Management Practices Marketing, professional development, project delivery Professional certification 2

3 What is Sustainability? Sustainability is a set of environmental, economic and social conditions in which all of society has the capacity and opportunity to maintain and improve its quality of life indefinitely without degrading the quantity, quality or the availability of natural, social and economic resources. 3

4 Sustainability – Reliability, resilience, affordable, supportable, balanced, efficient, effective, strategic focus…. COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT ECONOMICS 4

5 What is Sustainable Civil Infrastructure? Sustainable civil infrastructure provides environmental, economic and societal well-being, now and for the future (ASCE) Policies, approaches and investments that consistently provide effective systems over the long term with adequate operations,maintenance and replacement (USEPA) What is Green Infrastructure? An array of products, technologies and practices that use natural systems (or engineered systems that mimic natural processes) to enhance overall environmental quality and provide utility services (USEPA) 5

6 What is Resilient Infrastructure? 6 Before Prevent, Protect, Mitigate Resist Reduce Failure Probability During Respond Absorb After Recover, Mitigate Recover or Adapt Reduce Time to Recovery Reduce Consequences from Failure CAPABILITIES Preparedness OUTCOME Resilience PRIORITIZATION Risk Reduction Event Phases

7 Repairing, Rebuilding, Expanding ASCE Infrastructure Report Card, 2009 High U.S. unemployment rate and focus on creating jobs, economic competitiveness Sustainability principles should increase:  value proposition,  effective project delivery,  political and stakeholder acceptance,  resilience and effectiveness 7

8 Infrastructure Condition Leaking pipes lose an estimated 7 billion gallons of clean drinking water a day An estimated 10 billion gallons of untreated wastewater are discharged each year from aging systems 8

9 Importance of Our Nation’s Infrastructure Systems All contribute directly and substantially to our nation’s productivity and quality of life How efficiently and effectively these systems function is directly related to… Design Maintenance improvements 9 “Clean drinking water rated as #1 advancement in the last millennium.”

10 Infrastructure Challenges 10 “Either the country can risk further productivity decline, transportation congestion and potential catastrophes from dilapidated systems or it can develop new networks... to accommodate the expected 100 million in population growth over the next generation.” - Ernst and Young, Infrastructure 2009: A Pivot Point

11 Sustainable Development 11 Problems – We’re using up natural resources and ecological carrying capacity faster than it can be replaced, replenished or restored We’re not replacing or fixing the infrastructure in a way that conserves or restores natural resources and systems We’re working with infrastructure that was built using old designs and approaches

12 12 “You cannot solve a problem with the same sort of thinking that created the problem” - Albert Einstein

13 Which Future Will We Choose? 13 Repairing our infrastructure the same old way OR Building a sustainable infrastructure for the future

14 Sustainability in Buildings LEED rating system has transformed the building industry Application across the U.S. Created a new value proposition for buildings 14

15 What About Infrastructure? No overall sustainable infrastructure rating system Many rating systems at the sector-specific level Infrastructure presents a different challenge compared to buildings: Building design and construction controlled by a single organization Infrastructure – Public nature of civil and public works projects affect/ benefit macro ecosystems, communities and regions; Need to consider the description of public support and the more efficient use of materials, resources, interference or impact on public expectations – sustainability needs to pay for itself! 15

16 Guidelines and Criteria for Assessing Sustainability Prompts sustainable thinking Stimulates innovation at all project stages Identifies strengths and weaknesses Assists risk management Allows continual monitoring of performance Demonstrates contribution to sustainable development Encourages best management practice Provides transparency of approach Flexibility for selected application 16

17 Delivering Sustainability Infrastructure The Traditional Triple Bottom Line – “Outcome Principles” – social, economic and environmental. Acknowledges that current state can be insufficient and that there are opportunities to improve performance of our activities; How Do We Achieve TBL - “Process Principles” – ethical, stakeholder and governance. Describes the approach to be adopted in behavior and decision making and sustainable outcomes are possible when issues are considered broadly and collaboratively. In these six Principles, there are 3 levels of performance. Preventing harm Preserving current value Creation of positive or restorative value 17

18 Triple Bottom Line Outcome Based Performance PreventSustainEnhance Social Protect health and safety Respect values through collaboration and cooperation Enhance community capacity Economic Preserve capacity to provide services to meet current and future needs Find efficiencies that reduce internal and external costs Enhance economic value to customers, citizens while managing life cycle financial viability Environmental Prevent harm to the environment Conserve the value of the environment Enhance the resilience of the natural and human environment After Water Corporation Business Principles 18

19 Triple Bottom Line Process Based Performance PreventSustainEnhance Ethics Meet legal and regulatory requirements Be accountable for business and responsible for actions Be trustworthy and transparent in communications and conduct Governance Maintain best practice business systems, policies and procedures Make decisions with broad information and risk management considerations Solicit and incorporate stakeholder views through planning and decision making Stakeholders Reliably deliver core services Responsibly educate community and others on needs, direction and alternatives Strategically plan and position for long term actions, investments and pathways After Water Corporation Business Principles 19

20 Sustainability and Rating Systems? Sustainability is not achieved by a uniform model or single approach because of the varying contexts, environments, community/ stakeholder/ physical needs; Technology and performance efficiency are enablers to achieve desired outcomes but the public interest is met through behaviors and informed decisions; A rating system : Creates a framework of objective measures; Provides guidance that can influence performance goals and approaches; Promotes project resilience, balance and strategic focus. 20

21 Goals for the Rating System Provide national standard for sustainable infrastructure Promote transformational approaches to sustainability Support transactional efficiencies and project delivery Demonstrate balancing of Triple Bottom Line Establish return on investment Scalable and broadly applicable Accommodate sector-specific rating systems Promote higher degrees of collaboration with third parties involved in infrastructure planning and delivery 21

22 Sustainability - Rating System ENVISION - the nationally recognized standard for sustainability performance Promotes transformational approaches with increased project performance for triple bottom line ENVISION scalable and broadly applicable Accommodate sector-specific rating systems Adaptable to varying levels of sustainability applications 22

23 Rating System Implementation 23 Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Formed Founding Partners - ASCE, APWA & ACEC ISI Board met February 8/ and will own and administer the rating system with support from Founding Partners ISI Core Products and Programs Rating System Communications Owner (A/E, agencies, practitioners …) interface Education and training for the rating system Support of assessors and verifiers Project recognition at various levels of performance

24 The Development Cycle 24 All three founding partners committed to sustainability and developed a number of tools and resource libraries APWA – Center for Sustainability ASCE – Committee on Sustainability ACEC – Green Scorecard ISI Formation Leveraging value of a consolidated approach Creating a framework that should become the National standard for Sustainable Infrastructure Create a civil infrastructure standard model - USGBC

25 Goals for a Rating System 25 Should become recognized as a National Standard for Sustainable Achievement based on user acceptance and application; accommodate sector-specific approaches Should guide practitioners, owners, stakeholders in the framing of infrastructure solutions and the 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

26 Constructing the Rating System 26 Should be relevant, supportive, usable and productive E-version, interactive, instructive, outcome-based, process- supportive, outputs Should be scalable according to complexity and size Stage 1 – checklist and self assessment Stage 2 – comprehensive consideration of multiple criteria and core system Stage 3 – focused project assessment (+ operations, existing facilities) Stage 4 – multi-attribute, complex, contested, TBL balancing Agencies, owners, consultants, communities (+/-) should be able to use approach to reach consensus through informed decision making

27 Stage DescriptionBenefits 1 Overall Guidance and Checklists Provides understanding of sustainability and triple bottom line accounting and application to infrastructure projects. Single Purpose, local projects 2 Assessment and Recognition Step by step process for owner or engineer to perform self-assessment and to indicate areas where improved benefits could be achieved. Basis for ISI verification 3 Single Purpose Projects and Existing Project Assessment (future) Larger or more complex projects in planning stages and where individual areas of excellence can be highlighted. 4 Decision Support (future)Allows balancing of various elements of a project to optimize performance and investment. Facilitates resolution of differing opinions or approaches with stakeholders or regulatory needs. Project Rating for Stages of Application (ISI) 27

28 Sustainability Vectors “Doing Things Right” “Doing the Right Things” Sustainable Design Performance Contributions Pathway Contributions Process/Tools Performance Improvements Transform Program Delivery Collaborative Delivery Technological Improvements Higher Performance Goals Integrated Solutions 28

29 Example of Sustainability Assessment Criteria CRITERIA CATEGORYPROPOSED CRITERIA ECONOMIC Life-cycle costs Willingness to pay Affordability Financial risk exposure ENVIRONMENTAL Resource utilization Service provision Environmental impact SOCIAL Human health risk impact Acceptability to stakeholders Participation and responsibility Public awareness Social inclusion Source: AwwaRF,

30 Sustainability Metrics ECONOMIC Funding source and financing Land value Life cycle cost Operational and maintenance cost ratios Return on assets (flood prevention) Indirect economic impacts Resource protection SOCIAL Customer perception of benefit Aesthetics/recreation Health and safety Educational and cultural opportunities Public engagement Acceptable risk ENVIRONMENTAL Water quality Nutrients and other pollutants Pollutants’ effects Erosion prevention Water source importance Ecology Biodiversity-rich habitats managed Land use Environmental policy and expenditure Environmental impact of design Source: AwwaRF,

31 Rating System Primary Criteria 31 SectionWeight (%) 1Pathway12.6 2Project Strategy & Management10.6 3Community: Long & Short Term Effects10.7 4Land Use & Restoration8.9 5Landscapes7.0 6Ecology & Biodiversity8.8 7Water Resources & Environment11.5 8Energy & Carbon11.7 9Resource Management Including Waste8.2 10Transportation10.0 TOTAL100%

32 Project Use of ENVISION and Verification Professionals should seek training and certification in broad sustainability principles Use ENVISION to enhance project performance; Owners may apply for recognition of ENVISION achievements and performance Professional standards requirements for assessors, verifiers and certified practitioners 32

33 Range of sustainable performance Sustainable Conventional Improvement Project Life Cycle Decommission / Recycle / Disposal Design Construction Operation & Maintenance Reuse / Reconfigure Planning Stakeholder engagement during design, construction and operation Affected stakeholders Regulatory institutions Partner organizations Opportunity Space - Conventional Restorative Stakeholder Collaboration 33

34 Range of sustainable performance Sustainable Conventional Improvement Decommission / Recycle / Disposal Design Construction Operation & Maintenance Reuse / Reconfigure Planning Affected stakeholders Regulatory institutions Partner organizations Opportunity Space - ISI Restorative Stakeholder Collaboration Project Life Cycle 34

35 Examples of Objectives 35

36 Examples of Levels of Achievement 36

37 Status 37

38 Sustainability is happening. We can lead or we will be led. 38


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