DENVER — The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced Monday a partnership to develop a new sustainability framework for evaluating and rating the benefits of water infrastructure projects.
The Envision™ Rating System, developed in collaboration between ISI and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, evaluates, grades and gives recognition to infrastructure projects that use transformational, collaborative approaches to assess the sustainability indicators over the course of the project''s life cycle.
AWWA is partnering with ISI to help represent the water sector and assist in developing a rating system to accurately evaluate underground water infrastructure projects across the United States through cost assessment, environmental evaluations, outcome-based objectives and achievement of higher levels of sustainability.
“We are a society dependent upon our infrastructure and there is no more important element of that infrastructure than water,” said Bill Bertera, executive director of ISI. “The intimate link between that infrastructure and our need to make it sustainable is embodied in our partnership with AWWA, an organization with a long and distinguished history of serving the public interest.”