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Setawwa presentation 062211

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    • TopicsWhat 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 InfrastructureWhat Does This Mean for Designs? For Me? Standards and Best Management Practices Marketing, professional development, project delivery Professional certification 2
    • What is Sustainability?Sustainability is a set of environmental, economic andsocial conditions in which all of society has the capacityand opportunity to maintain and improve its quality of lifeindefinitely without degrading the quantity, quality or theavailability of natural, social and economic resources. 3
    • Sustainability – Reliability, resilience, affordable,supportable, balanced, efficient, effective, strategic focus…. COMMUNITY ECONOMICS ENVIRONMENT 4
    • 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
    • What is Resilient Infrastructure?Before During After Prevent, Recover, CAPABILITIES Protect, Respond Mitigate Mitigate Preparedness Resist Recover or OUTCOME Absorb Adapt ResilienceReduce Failure Reduce Time PRIORITIZATION Probability to Recovery Risk Reduction Reduce Consequences from Failure Event Phases 6
    • Infrastructure ConditionLeaking pipes lose anestimated 7 billion gallons ofclean drinking water a dayAn estimated 10 billiongallons of untreatedwastewater are dischargedeach year from aging systems 7
    • Importance of Our Nation’s Infrastructure SystemsAll contribute directly andsubstantially to our nation’sproductivity and quality of life “Clean drinking water rated as #1 advancement inHow efficiently and effectively the lastthese systems function is directly millennium.”related to… Design Maintenance improvements 8
    • Infrastructure Challenges“Either the country can risk further productivity decline,transportation congestion and potential catastrophesfrom dilapidated systems or it can develop newnetworks . . . to accommodate the expected 100 millionin population growth over the next generation.”- Ernst and Young, Infrastructure 2009: A Pivot Point 9
    • Sustainable DevelopmentProblems – 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 10
    • Which Future Will We Choose?Repairing our infrastructurethe same old way ORBuilding a sustainableinfrastructure for the future 11
    • Sustainability in BuildingsLEED rating system hastransformed the buildingindustry Application across theU.S.Created a new valueproposition for buildings 12
    • What About Infrastructure?No overall sustainable infrastructure rating system Many rating systems at the sector-specific levelInfrastructure presents a different challenge compared tobuildings: 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! 13
    • Guidelines and Criteria for Assessing SustainabilityPrompts sustainable thinkingStimulates innovation at all project stagesIdentifies strengths and weaknessesAssists risk managementAllows continual monitoring of performanceDemonstrates contribution to sustainable developmentEncourages best management practiceProvides transparency of approachFlexibility for selected application 14
    • Delivering Sustainability InfrastructureThe 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 15
    • Triple Bottom Line Outcome Based Performance Prevent Sustain Enhance Social Protect health Respect values Enhance community and safety through capacity collaboration and cooperation Economic Preserve capacity Find efficiencies that Enhance economic to provide reduce internal and value to customers, services to meet external costs citizens while current and managing life cycle future needs financial viability Environmen Prevent harm to Conserve the value Enhance the tal the environment of the environment resilience of the natural and human environment After Water Corporation Business Principles 16
    • Triple Bottom Line Process Based Performance Prevent Sustain Enhance Ethics Meet legal and Be accountable for Be trustworthy and regulatory business and transparent in requirements responsible for communications actions and conduct Governance Maintain best Make decisions with Solicit and practice business broad information incorporate systems, policies and risk stakeholder views and procedures management through planning considerations and decision making Stakeholders Reliably deliver Responsibly educate Strategically plan core services community and and position for long others on needs, term actions, direction and investments and alternatives pathways After Water Corporation Business Principles 17
    • Sustainability and Rating Systems?Sustainability is not achieved by a uniform model or singleapproach because of the varying contexts, environments,community/ stakeholder/ physical needs;Technology and performance efficiency are enablers toachieve desired outcomes but the public interest is metthrough 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. 18
    • Sustainability - Rating SystemENVISION - the nationally recognized standard forsustainability performancePromotes transformational approaches with increasedproject performance for triple bottom lineENVISION scalable and broadly applicableAccommodate sector-specific rating systemsAdaptable to varying levels of sustainability applications 19
    • Rating System ImplementationInstitute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Formed Founding Partners - ASCE, APWA & ACEC ISI Board met February 8/9 2011 and will own and administer the rating system with support from Founding PartnersISI 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 20
    • The Development CycleAll three founding partners committed to sustainabilityand developed a number of tools and resource libraries APWA – Center for Sustainability ASCE – Committee on Sustainability ACEC – Green ScorecardISI Formation Leveraging value of a consolidated approach Creating a framework that should become the National standard for Sustainable InfrastructureCreate a civil infrastructure standard model - USGBC 21
    • Goals for a Rating SystemShould become recognized as a National Standard forSustainable Achievement based on user acceptance andapplication; accommodate sector-specific approachesShould guide practitioners, owners, stakeholders in theframing of infrastructure solutions and the performancegoalsSustainability must be affordablePublic nature of infrastructure projects requires support ofpolicy makers, communities and stakeholders – guidebehavioral improvements in project conceptualizing whileconfirming technical competenceKeep it simple, practical, adaptable and usable 22
    • Project Rating for Stages of Application (ISI) Stage Description Benefits 1 Overall Guidance and Provides understanding of sustainability Checklists and triple bottom line accounting and application to infrastructure projects. Single Purpose, local projects 2 Assessment and Step by step process for owner or engineer Recognition to perform self-assessment and to indicate areas where improved benefits could be achieved. Basis for ISI verification 3 Single Purpose Projects Larger or more complex projects in and Existing Project planning stages and where individual Assessment (future) 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. 23
    • Sustainability Vectors Collaborative Delivery“Doing Things Right” Process/Tools Technological Performance Improvements Contributions Higher Performance GoalsSustainable PerformanceDesign Improvements Integrated Solutions Pathway Transform Program Contributions Delivery“Doing the Right Things” 24
    • Example of Sustainability Assessment Criteria CRITERIA CATEGORY PROPOSED CRITERIA Life-cycle costs Willingness to pay ECONOMIC Affordability Financial risk exposure Resource utilization ENVIRONMENTAL Service provision Environmental impact Human health risk impact Acceptability to stakeholders SOCIAL Participation and responsibility Public awareness Social inclusion Source: AwwaRF, 2008 25
    • Sustainability MetricsECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL Funding source and Water quality Customer perception Nutrients and other financing of benefit pollutants Land value Pollutants’ effects Aesthetics/recreation Erosion prevention Life cycle cost Health and safety Water source Operational and importance Educational and maintenance cost ratios Ecology Biodiversity-rich cultural opportunities Return on assets (flood habitats managed Public engagement prevention) Land use Indirect economic Environmental policy Acceptable risk impacts and expenditure Resource protection Environmental impact of design Source: AwwaRF, 2008 26
    • Rating System Primary Criteria Section Weight (%)1 Pathway 12.62 Project Strategy & Management 10.63 Community: Long & Short Term Effects 10.74 Land Use & Restoration 8.95 Landscapes 7.06 Ecology & Biodiversity 8.87 Water Resources & Environment 11.58 Energy & Carbon 11.79 Resource Management Including Waste 8.210 Transportation 10.0 TOTAL 100% 27
    • 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 28
    • Status 29
    • “You cannot solve a problem with the same sort of thinking that created the problem” - Albert Einstein 30