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THE ENVISION™ RATING SYSTEM
Envision™ was developed in joint collaboration between the Zofnass Program forSustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard Un...
THE IMPORTANCE OF    Planet Earth is a perilous place for humans.INFRASTRUCTURE       Infrastructure provides:            ...
WHAT DO WE MEANBY “SUSTAINABLE”?
WHAT IS ENVISION™?Envision™ is a tool, which itself is part of a larger system, developed tohelp evaluate the sustainabili...
WHAT MAKES          • It applies to civil infrastructureENVISION™ UNIQUE?                    • It includes design, plannin...
METRICS MATTER• Envision™ measures  outcomes, not                                                                       De...
FIVE LEVELS OFACHIEVEMENT          IMPROVED   Performance that is at or above conventional          ENHANCED   Indications...
WHAT TYPES OF INFRASTRUCTURE CAN ENVISION™ RATE?ENERGY          WATER             WASTE          TRANSPORT         LANDSCA...
CATEGORIES
1 PURPOSEQL1.1 Improve Community Quality of LifeQL1.2 Stimulate Sustainable Growth and DevelopmentQL1.3 Develop Local Skil...
1 COLLABORATIONLD1.1 Provide Effective Leadership & CommitmentLD1.2 Establish a Sustainability Management SystemLD1.3 Fost...
1 MATERIALSRA1.1 Reduce Net Embodied EnergyRA1.2 Support Sustainable Procurement PracticesRA1.3 Use Recycled MaterialsRA1....
1 SITINGNW1.1 Preserve Prime HabitatNW1.2 Preserve Wetlands and Surface WaterNW1.3 Preserve Prime FarmlandNW1.4 Avoid Adve...
1 EMISSIONSCR1.1 Reduce Greenhouse Gas EmissionsCR1.2 Reduce Air Pollutant Emissions2 RESILIENCECR2.1 Assess Climate Threa...
SAMPLE CREDIT
INPUT PORTAL
SCORING MODULE
SCORING SUMMARY
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ENVISION™sustainableinfrastructure.orgBill Bertera, Executive Directorbertera@sustainableinfras...
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ENVISION 2.0 CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

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The Envision Rating System is a tool that can be used for infrastructure projects of all types, sizes, complexities, and locations to meet sustainability goals, be publicly recognized for high levels of achievement, make decisions about scarce resources and include community priorities in civil infrastructure investment. It answers the question, “Are we doing the right project?” and “Are we doing the project right?”

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ENVISION 2.0 CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

  1. 1. THE ENVISION™ RATING SYSTEM
  2. 2. Envision™ was developed in joint collaboration between the Zofnass Program forSustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design andthe Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure is a not-for-profit education andresearch organization founded by the American Public Works Association, theAmerican Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of CivilEngineers.
  3. 3. THE IMPORTANCE OF Planet Earth is a perilous place for humans.INFRASTRUCTURE Infrastructure provides: • Physical Security • The basis for public health • Economic and commercial potentialTHE REALITIES OF • Population GrowthTHE WORLD IN WHICH • Diminished ResourcesWE LIVE • Climate Change • AdaptationA NEW FACT OF LIFE It is no longer enough that infrastructure work, that it be constructed on time and within budget, or even that it last. It now must be sustainable.
  4. 4. WHAT DO WE MEANBY “SUSTAINABLE”?
  5. 5. WHAT IS ENVISION™?Envision™ is a tool, which itself is part of a larger system, developed tohelp evaluate the sustainability of civil infrastructure.This system includes: • A self assessment checklist • The Envision™ Rating Tool • A credential program for individuals • A Project Evaluation and Verification Program • A Recognition Program for Sustainable Infrastructure PHASE TOOLKITS COMPANION TOOLS
  6. 6. WHAT MAKES • It applies to civil infrastructureENVISION™ UNIQUE? • It includes design, planning, construction and maintenance elements • It is applicable at any point in an infrastructure projects life cycle • It speaks to the triple bottom line: social, economic and environmental goals • It is designed to keep pace with a changing concept of sustainability
  7. 7. METRICS MATTER• Envision™ measures outcomes, not Decommissioning intentions Construction Plan /Design Operation• Five areas of achievement; 60 credits• The business case for sustainability…why it is important 7
  8. 8. FIVE LEVELS OFACHIEVEMENT IMPROVED Performance that is at or above conventional ENHANCED Indications that superior performance is within reach. SUPERIOR Sustainable performance that is noteworthy. CONSERVING Performance that has achieved essentially zero impact. RESTORATIVE Performance that restores natural or social systems.
  9. 9. WHAT TYPES OF INFRASTRUCTURE CAN ENVISION™ RATE?ENERGY WATER WASTE TRANSPORT LANDSCAPE INFORMATIONGeothermal Potable water Solid waste Airports Public Realm TelecommunicationsHydroelectric distribution Recycling Roads Parks InternetNuclear Capture/Storage Hazardous Highways Ecosystem PhonesCoal Water Reuse Waste Bikes Services SatellitesNatural Gas Storm Water Collection & Pedestrians Data Centers Management TransferOil/Refinery Railways SensorsWind Flood Control Public TransitSolar PortsBiomass Waterways
  10. 10. CATEGORIES
  11. 11. 1 PURPOSEQL1.1 Improve Community Quality of LifeQL1.2 Stimulate Sustainable Growth and DevelopmentQL1.3 Develop Local Skills and Capabilities2 WELLBEINGQL2.1 Enhance Public Health and SafetyQL2.2 Minimize Noise and VibrationQL2.3 Minimize Light PollutionQL2.4 Improve Community Mobility and AccessQL2.5 Encourage Alternative Modes of TransportationQL2.6 Improve Accessibility, Safety & Wayfinding3 COMMUNITYQL3.1 Preserve Historic and Cultural ResourcesQL3.2 Preserve Views and Local CharacterQL3.3 Enhance Public SpaceQL0.0 Innovate or Exceed Credit Requirements
  12. 12. 1 COLLABORATIONLD1.1 Provide Effective Leadership & CommitmentLD1.2 Establish a Sustainability Management SystemLD1.3 Foster Collaboration and TeamworkLD1.4 Provide for Stakeholder Involvement2 MANAGEMENTLD2.1 Pursue By-Product Synergy OpportunitiesLD2.2 Improve Infrastructure Integration3 PLANNINGLD3.1 Plan Long-Term Maintenance and MonitoringLD3.2 Address Conflicting Regulations and PoliciesLD3.3 Extend Useful LifeLD0.0 Innovate or Exceed Credit Requirements
  13. 13. 1 MATERIALSRA1.1 Reduce Net Embodied EnergyRA1.2 Support Sustainable Procurement PracticesRA1.3 Use Recycled MaterialsRA1.4 Use Regional MaterialsRA1.5 Divert Waste from LandfillsRA1.6 Reduce Excavated Materials Taken Off SiteRA1.7 Provide for Deconstruction and Recycling2 ENERGYRA2.1 Reduce Energy ConsumptionRA2.2 Use Renewable EnergyRA2.3 Commission and Monitor Energy Systems3 WATERRA3.1 Protect Fresh Water AvailabilityRA3.2 Reduce Potable Water ConsumptionRA3.3 Monitor Water SystemsRA0.0 Innovate or Exceed Credit Requirements
  14. 14. 1 SITINGNW1.1 Preserve Prime HabitatNW1.2 Preserve Wetlands and Surface WaterNW1.3 Preserve Prime FarmlandNW1.4 Avoid Adverse GeologyNW1.5 Preserve Floodplain FunctionsNW1.6 Avoid Unsuitable Development on Steep SlopesNW1.7 Preserve Greenfields2 LAND+WATERNW2.1 Manage StormwaterNW2.2 Reduce Pesticides and Fertilizer ImpactsNW2.3 Prevent Surface and Groundwater Contamination3 BIODIVERSITYNW3.1 Preserve Species BiodiversityNW3.2 Control Invasive SpeciesNW3.3 Restore Disturbed SoilsNW3.4 Maintain Wetland and Surface Water FunctionsNW0.0 Innovate or Exceed Credit Requirements
  15. 15. 1 EMISSIONSCR1.1 Reduce Greenhouse Gas EmissionsCR1.2 Reduce Air Pollutant Emissions2 RESILIENCECR2.1 Assess Climate ThreatCR2.2 Avoid Traps and VulnerabilitiesCR2.3 Prepare For Long-Term AdaptabilityCR2.4 Prepare for Short-Term HazardsCR2.5 Manage Heat Island EffectsCR0.0 Innovate or Exceed Credit Requirements
  16. 16. SAMPLE CREDIT
  17. 17. INPUT PORTAL
  18. 18. SCORING MODULE
  19. 19. SCORING SUMMARY
  20. 20. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ENVISION™sustainableinfrastructure.orgBill Bertera, Executive Directorbertera@sustainableinfrastructure.org(202) 218-6725

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