Affinis Co-Workers Gain Envision CertificationPosted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Linda Rottinghaus
In Culture, Sustainability, tagged in Tags: envision, sustainability, training
This summer, five Affinis co-workers received Envision certification. This program was created by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), which was founded by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). It was developed to maintain a sustainability rating system for civil infrastructure.
JC Alonzo from Shockey Consulting led our training class.
As opposed to pre-planned measures, Envision acts as a guide. Those who’ve completed the program can use the checklist when reviewing their designs. It assigns credits based on decisions made. This allows users to objectively measure how sustainable their solutions are. There are five categories in which credits are offered:
- Quality of Life
- Resource Allocation
- Natural World
- Climate and Risk
The Envision rating system offers varying levels of achievement. Restorative is the highest, and improved is the minimum. Knowing how a project ranks can send cues to the project team. Seeing a lower value assigned to one area acts as signal that the design may need to be altered.
We chose to be involved for a number of reasons. The first being the Envision program is centered around the idea that projects should do no harm to the environment. We also liked the practical approach that quantified design decisions. Having this capability allows us to not only help our clients, but also the communities we serve.
Co-Workers With Envision Certification