WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that nine engineering firms have each committed to train and credential at least 100 of their infrastructure professionals in the ISI Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credential program within the next 12 months. The nine industry leading firms who have committed to the training and certification of their infrastructure professionals include ARCADIS, Arup, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Gannett Fleming, HDR, Psomas, Stantec, and VHB.

The ENV SPs work with the ISI sustainable infrastructure rating system, called Envision™, which provides a basis to evaluate and rate the social, environmental, and economic benefits of all size and types of infrastructure such as water, power and transportation. “Each ENV SP works as an integral part of a project team with civil engineers, environmental engineers, infrastructure planners, construction managers, architects, transportation professionals, public policy leaders, public works professionals and other stakeholders to achieve the highest level of sustainability for their infrastructure projects,” said ISI Executive Director, Bill Bertera.

In 2012, ISI launched Envision as a new comprehensive sustainable infrastructure system to assist planners, designers, owners and builders to plan, construct, operate and rate infrastructure to increasing levels of sustainability and resource efficiency. An ENV Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) is an ISI credentialed practitioner who is trained to use the Envision™ sustainable infrastructure rating system as a guide to address triple bottom line sustainability dimensions in the design, construction, and operation of an infrastructure project.

“Envision is the guidance tool infrastructure owners and designers will be using to ensure sustainability becomes a routine element of infrastructure projects for the next decade,” says Bertera. “Forward thinking project designers are using Envision to identify lifecycle cost savings and protect environmental resources while prioritizing community needs. Public sector infrastructure owners are using Envision™ to show their taxpayers and voters the value of their investment.”

Under the Envision ENV SP program, the nine firms have committed to having a cadre of planners, design engineers, and scientists across the US and Canada undertake the training and examination to achieve ENV SP status, which requires demonstrated training, experience and expertise.

“We are a very young organization and this is just the start,” says Bertera. “We now have 12 projects in our rating pipeline for awards and verification. We estimate that our free online Envision rating tool and the Envision Checklist have been used on at least 100 projects to date.”