The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has received the 2012 National Environmental Achievement Special Recognition Award by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) for ASCE’s work on creating the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, along with the American Public Works Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies.
The three organizations were instrumental in creating the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System, which is designed to help evaluate the sustainability of infrastructure, set realistic priorities and foster improvement in the sustainable performance and resilience of physical infrastructure. Through a holistic approach, the Envision system rates all types and sizes of civil infrastructure projects and does so in terms of the triple bottom line — environmental, economic and community benefits.
The Envision approach provides a complete framework of assessment, covering all major civil infrastructure project types, scales, contexts and project phases. Infrastructure owners, engineers, contractors and regulators can address all major infrastructure project stages: planning and design, construction, operations and maintenance and decommissioning.
The award to ASCE, and the other organizations, honors their collaboration in the formation of the ISI and their commitment to infrastructure sustainability. The Award was presented during the NACWA’s National Environmental Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.