JULY 28, 2012
ENVISION VERIFIER RECRUITMENT OFFICIALLY OPEN
We are pleased to announce that Verifier recruitment for the Envision™ Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System, created by the partnership of ISI and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, has officially opened. Verifiers are the backbone of the independent, third-party, project evaluation system Envision™, which will be capable of rating all types and sizes of sustainable infrastructure projects.
The first Verifiers training class will be held August 20-21, 2012 in Washington D.C. Verifiers who complete the first training session can anticipate beginning to work on projects sometime from early September through fall 2012. The deadline for receipt of completed applications for the first Verifier training session on August 20-21, 2012 is COB on August 3, 2012.
Additional information, along with the Verifier application form, is now on the ISI website at www.sustainableinfrastructure.org. If you have any questions or problems completing the application, please contact Anthony Kane
at the Zofnass Program.
APRIL 21, 2012
FIRST INSTALLMENT OF TRANSFORMING CITIES SERIES: HOW FOOD SYSTEMS SHAPE CITIES
BioCities and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure are proud to debut the first installment in our Transforming Cities
series: How Food Systems Shape Cities
On May 2nd, we will take an in-depth look at the ecological, social and economic issues surrounding our ability to feed cities. Special guests will debate the questions: How can NYC tap our regional farm economy? How can food systems integrate with urban ecologies? Can urban farming work as a viable economic enterprise and scale successfully in a dense urban environment? What is the potential of agriculture for renewing the natural capital and infrastructure of cities? Our event will feature a locally provided lunch (sponsored by Whole Foods Market) and a chance to hear from some of the businesses that are addressing these issues.
Wednesday, May 2
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Solo Event Space 40 Broad Street (ground floor)
New York, NY 10004
Tickets are available here
For more information, visit biocities.org
MARCH 16, 2012
DOWNLOAD THE ENVISION RATING SYSTEM MANUAL
Now available for download is the Envision Guidance Manual. This document outlines the program, rating system, key features, and structure, and includes an easy-to-use guide to understanding and using the Envision rating tool to assess the sustainability of a project. The manual includes a detailed explanation of 60 assessment objectives, presented within the five categories of: Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Risk. Each of the sixty credits is explained in a two-page narrative that includes the credit name, intent, levels of achievement, description, explanation on how to advance to higher achievement levels, evaluation criteria and documentation, sources, and related credits.
The Envision rating system is designed to be used not only as a project assessment tool but as a guidance for sustainable infrastructure design and integrated education and resource library. Envision is the product of a joint collaboration between the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
Click here to download the document
JANUARY 24, 2012
NEW SYSTEM ESTABLISHES FRAMEWORK FOR RATING SUSTAINABILITY OF INFRASTRUCTURE
In today’s environment in which infrastructure must perform, it has become increasingly challenging as demands for energy and water resources climb. The professionals who design and build these projects face a tall order in the years ahead: satisfying ever-growing demand, while at the same time responsibly addressing the potential effects caused by climate change and the increasing demand for resources, through integrating sustainable techniques in infrastructure design and construction. The works that best meet those challenges – and can serve as an example to others – can qualify for verification under Envision, the first rating system to gauge infrastructure sustainability.
Envision is the product of a strategic alliance and collaboration between the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), a nonprofit organization co-founded by the American Public Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure.
JANUARY 23, 2012
NEW BOOK: INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY AND DESIGN
You're overseeing a large-scale project, but you're not an engineering or construction specialist, and so you need an overview of the related sustainability concerns and processes. To introduce you to the main issues, experts from the fields of engineering, planning, public health, environmental design, architecture, and landscape architecture review current sustainable large-scale projects, the roles team members hold, and design approaches, including alternative development and financing structures. They also discuss the challenges and opportunities of sustainability within infrastructural systems, such as those for energy, water, and waste, so that you know what's possible. And best of all, they present here for the first time the Zofnass Environmental Evaluation Methodology guidelines, which will help you and your team improve infrastructure design, engineering, and construction.
Purchase the book at Amazon.com