Are you looking for a way to demonstrate the sustainability of the projects you are working on?
A growing number of executives at leading global infrastructure consulting and engineering firms believe that the key to sustainability, which includes balancing the need for economic development with the imperative to use resources prudently, goes well beyond buildings and must include surrounding infrastructure – power, transportation, building campuses, telecommunications, waste and water and wastewater, and all elements must be integrated. A growing number of these professionals also believe that it is necessary to develop a sustainability rating system for infrastructure, modeled on LEED and based on agreed-upon, and in many cases, quantifiable metrics. Such a system would provide a consensus-based measure of how localities are doing in bringing sustainability to their communities, as well as provide a clear yardstick for achievement by infrastructure developers, who increasingly need to justify their capital investments to stakeholders on the basis clear criteria. The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system was developed just for this purpose.
The Environmental Business Journal November 10, 2012 article details how ISI has developed and is expanding on the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system, which does just that. To read all about it, use the link (http://ebionline.org/excerpts/1543-zofnass-project-combines-with-isi-to-generate-metrics-for-sustainable-infrastructure) to access the full article and visit their website. Provided courtesy of Environmental Business Journal. Click here to learn more about the Consulting & Engineering 2013 edition of Environmental Business Journal and to review all EBJ back issues, go to http://www.ebionline.org/ebj-issues.