Created by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system is a tool for engineering professionals involved in planning, designing, building, and maintaining civil infrastructure. Envision provides guidance on sustainability best practices, and serves as a project planning and design tool. Envision can also be used to evaluate infrastructure projects once complete.
Any project considering an Envision award level must have a certified Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) on the project team and involved in the project from the outset. Charlie Bartlett, ENV SP, Sustainability Specialist, tells us, “You can also use Envision to guide sustainable design, even if you don’t intend to certify your project. We have used the Envision sustainability rating system as an informal framework for project decision-making. We have also conducted a retrospective project assessment of the Burrard Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project for the City of Vancouver.”
Envision provides an holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. Envision consists of a broad range of criteria that help individuals make better-decisions at each step of their project. These criteria address a project’s impact on the surrounding community and environment, technical considerations regarding materials and processes, and other critical sustainability choices spanning the project’s life-cycle. Envision also provides a framework for discussions with stakeholders on the often-complex choices which communities and their elected officials must make.