08
OCT
0

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The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure continues to develop and refine the Envision rating system.  Part of the refinement includes the development of the development of a business case evaluator tool.  ISI is seeking feedback on an Envision economic companion tool for stormwater.

 

Economic factors are an essential component of sustainable infrastructure, along with environmental and social considerations. The business case for sustainable infrastructure goes beyond a return on investment: it also includes infrastructure effectiveness, costs, reliability, and livability. These factors contribute to how communities perceive these infrastructure projects which in turn has a real dollar value associated with it.

 

This Envision Economic tool, called the Business Case Evaluator, is being developed by Impact Infrastructure, LLC, which is a Charter Member of ISI. The Business Case Evaluator (BCE) provides a value-based and risk-adjusted analysis of stormwater infrastructure projects and maps these to the Envision credits. Once it is finalized based on public input, the BCE will be offered at no cost through the ISI website.

 

There are several economic tools that are being developed in parallel in different agencies, companies, and research organizations that fill the unique needs of different infrastructure sectors and geographic locations. ISI encourages the development of these tools and will continue to provide an opportunity for public feedback to strengthen the metrics and tools that will be made publically available.

 

The Business Case Evaluator for Stormwater Management, user manual and documentation can be found at sustainableinfrastructure.org/tools/stormwater/index.cfm.

 

Please send your comments to ISI by October 17th.  ISI has provided an online comment form for you to use. 

08
AUG
0

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) has recognized the City of Karachi, Pakistan for its use of the Envision™ Rating System to plan a new suburb of 200,000 people. The suburb, which is currently under construction, uses Envision as a template for weaving together several different kinds of infrastructure into a single community sustainability profile.

In formally recognizing the project, DHA City Karachi (DCK), in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., ISI President and CEO William Bertera noted that this is the first known application of the Envision tool to a whole city, and that the result speaks highly of Pakistan’s commitment to sustainability.

 

Leading the workshop, which described the project in detail, were lead consultants Inam Ahmed Osmani, Chairman of Osmani & Company, Arif Osmani, Project Team Leader and Brig. (Retired) Muhammad Rafique, the Project Director representing the DHA City of Karachi. Professor Spiro Pollalis of Harvard University and a key resource for the project, shared his experience with sustainable cities generally, with specific reference to the Karachi project. Also present were dignitaries from the Pakistan Embassy and Karachi community leaders.

The project itself has been designed from the ground up. The design of the community, which is intended to be the first of several, takes advantage of the latest technologies for heating, cooling, managing wastes, transportation, water and energy use, each of which was modeled before construction began.

 

To learn more about the Envision™ sustainable infrastructure rating system, visit the ISI website at: sustainableinfrastructure.org.

13
OCT
0

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) ongoing $150 million upgrade of Brooklyn's 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) recently earned the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system's Silver award. The DEP project is the first wastewater treatment plant project in the U.S. to receive an ISI Envision rating system award, and is the seventh Envision-verified infrastructure project overall in North America.

 

The DEP 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant's $150 million project upgrades the plant and provides critical redundancies to ensure it remains in a state of good repair for decades to come. New York City's DEP will be adding a fifth preliminary treatment tank and will be installing new energy efficient and durable main sewage pumps, process air blowers and LED lighting. Additionally, a green roof will be added to the facility, large blowers will be put indoors to reduce noise, and all materials will be reused and recycled whenever possible. As the facility is located adjacent to Hendrix Creek and Jamaica Bay, the design for all the new structures, as well as the location and installation of critical equipment, follows guidelines outlined in DEP's Wastewater Resiliency Plan and meets stringent and updated FEMA Advisory Base Flood Elevation regulations. The ongoing project work is taking place pursuant to an agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York City, with Greeley and Hansen as the design lead on the project.

 

http://sustainableinfrastructure.org/news/news_082515.cfm

 

13
OCT
0

Port Metro Vancouver's Low Level Road project recently received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system's Platinum Award. The project is the first transportation project to receive an ISI Envision-verified sustainable infrastructure rating system award.

 

The Low Level Road Project involved the realignment and elevation of approximately 2.6 kilometers of the Low Level Road in North Vancouver, B.C., providing space for two new rail tracks. The project also eliminated three existing road and rail crossings and provided direct access to major port terminals. In addition, the project addressed safety, recreation and noise challenges associated with port operations along the Low Level Road, including the reconfiguration of three intersections and improved lanes for cyclists. The project also involved the continuation of the Spirit Trail pedestrian walkway, including structures over two creeks and an overpass.

 

The project was designed to enhance rail and port operations as international trade continues to grow, and to address long-standing community safety and traffic congestion challenges in the area. Stantec Consulting, Ltd. was the principal consultant on the project, which was funded by Port Metro Vancouver, port industry, Canadian National Railway, Translink, Canadian Pacific Railway, and the City of North Vancouver.

 

http://sustainableinfrastructure.org/news/port-metro-vancouver.cfm