Zofnass Program and Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure establish partnership to support sustainable infrastructureOct 15, 2011
The Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), a Washington based not-for-profit organization, are actively working together to establish a strategic partnership in support of sustainable infrastructure on a global scale.
Both programs have been developing comprehensive rating systems to measure and encourage the development of sustainable civil infrastructure; infrastructure that is compatible with and complements societal goals for environmental protection, public health, economic growth and personal security.
Sustainability rating systems currently exist for buildings. Although there are no suitable indices for either measuring or encouraging sustainable practices in the development of infrastructure such as bridges, highways, airports, ports, water treatment plants, solid waste and sewerage systems, power plants, and other non-building infrastructure projects at present. Both ISI and the Zofnass Program are focusing on this critical void.
Upon announcing the agreement to collaborate, Paul Zofnass, Founder and President of the Environmental Financial and Consulting Group (EFCG), noted a strong public interest in complimentary organizations that work collaboratively to address significant issues of societal priority.
“Deciding what is sustainable in a world of finite resources, where the demand for essential goods and services is growing along with our population, is the most pressing public administration issue of our time” said Zofnass “…and it is an issue so large and so important that neither government nor the private sector can successfully address it on their own. The collaboration between these two prestigious organizations will unite the resources, knowledge, and skills of the engineering profession, the private companies that engineers work for, the public sector “owners” of infrastructure and one of the world’s great research universities.”
“This is how successful societies are supposed to work.” said Timothy Psomas, Chairman of the Board of ISI. “We pool our talent, focus our resources and commit ourselves to a common outcome. Establishing a formal working relationship between the ISI and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure makes good sense… for our respective programs and for the public interest.”