Blog  /  August 2016  /  Sustaining Your Business Through Sustainable Infrastructure

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As we continue to come to grips with the effects of our aging infrastructure, there are increasing calls to focus the investments we are making in replacement and repair on sustainable solutions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a national Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy designed “to ensure that federal investments, policies and actions support water infrastructure in efficient and sustainable locations to aid existing communities, enhance economic competitiveness and promote affordable neighborhoods.” On top of that, the Brookings Institute issued a report last month calling for more than $6 trillion dollars of investment in sustainable infrastructure over the next 15 years.

Of course, getting to $6 trillion will not happen overnight, but we are continuing to see an increase in funding for sustainable infrastructure. Alongside that increase has come new tools and credentials to help guide professionals who are participating in sustainable projects and allow them to stand out. One such tool, advanced by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, is known as Envision. It is designed to help members of a project design team achieve increasing levels of sustainability at each stage of a project, and it contains elements of the Zofnass Rating System developed at Harvard University. Your company can become Envision-qualified by having an Envision sustainability professional on staff. Receiving that credential requires taking a brief course and passing a 75-question multiple-choice exam.

 

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