Founded by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Public Works Association, and the American Council of Engineering Companies, ISI is the leading organization in the United States in recognizing achievements in the application of sustainability principles and practices to all forms of infrastructure. Its goal is to foster the development, deployment, and management of infrastructure — including various forms of transportation, energy, water and wastewater, storm water, and flood control — in ways that simultaneously protect and enhance the natural environment, foster a robust economy, and promote an equitable society.
“Support for ISI is a logical extension of our corporate commitment to sustainability,” said Greg Kelly, chief operating officer of Parsons Brinckerhoff. “In joining ISI as a charter member, we are affirming our commitment to the underlying principles of sustainable infrastructure, as well as the specific, evolving practices that characterize sustainable solutions.”
One of the ISI’s primary activities is the administration of its Envision Program, a broad-based training and rating effort designed to provide a basis for evaluating all phases of the infrastructure development process from a sustainability perspective. Currently, more than 1,400 Envision-Sustainability Professional (ENV-SP) credentials have been earned nationally, many with infrastructure owners at the federal, state, and local levels. As a charter member of ISI, Parsons Brinckerhoff has adopted a goal of 100 of its employees earning ENV-SP certification over the next 12 to 18 months.
Through the Envision Program, infrastructure projects can be submitted for formal evaluation and potentially recognized with platinum, gold, silver, or bronze designations, similar to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system for building projects.