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A Focus on Infrastructure Sustainability – Envision

Some news on the professional front for Mike ((City of Revelstoke Media Release pdf: Director of Engineering earns Infrastructure Sustainability Accreditation)), I’ll follow up this post later this week with some more information on why I chose to pursue this accreditation, and why now!


Revelstoke’s Director of Engineering earns Infrastructure Sustainability Accreditation

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The City of Revelstoke’s Director of Engineering and Development, Mike Thomas P.Eng. is now accredited as an Envision™ Sustainability Professional (ENV SP). Mr. Thomas is the first municipal employee in British Columbia to be qualified to rate civil engineering projects using the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision™ rating system ((The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure was founded by the world’s leading public works, engineering, and infrastructure organizations: the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).For more information about the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and Envision™, please contact Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Executive Director Bill Bertera at bertera@sustainableinfrastructure.org.)), providing the City of Revelstoke with an industry-recognized framework to evaluate and rate the social, environmental and economic benefits of all types of infrastructure.

The Envision™ process aims to have project teams ask two broad questions, not just “are we doing the project right?”, but more fundamentally “are we doing the right project?” “The City of Revelstoke can benefit from the Envision™ rating system by providing stakeholders and decision-makers with a standardized sustainability framework that can be applied to a wide range of projects, such as roadworks, pump stations, water and sewer pipelines, bridges, and cycleways” said Mr. Thomas. “The Envision™ rating system provides a sound means of measuring the benefits of innovative, sustainable infrastructure projects.”

Revelstoke’s Infrastructure Context

Revelstoke has committed to “be a leader in achieving a sustainable community by balancing environmental, social and economic values within a local, regional and global context” (Revelstoke Vision Statement). Developing sustainable infrastructure solutions is identified as a goal in the Official Community Plan as well as the recently adopted Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.

ENVISION-project-application-3-2013-pdf 2014-02-03 19-32-03Tim Palmer, CAO for the City of Revelstoke noted, “Mr. Thomas’s achievement as an accredited Sustainability Professional helps Revelstoke to continue to be the standard of excellence for other British Columbia municipalities.  We are privileged to have him on our leadership team.”

Mayor David Raven congratulated Mr. Thomas on his initiative to seek out this accreditation and placing Revelstoke at the forefront of sustainable infrastructure decision-making. Acknowledging this achievement the Mayor stated, “With aging infrastructure and climate risks, the City of Revelstoke is continually seeking  improve the design and delivery of infrastructure projects to protect social, economic and environmental values”.

The City of Revelstoke expects to use the Envision™ rating system for internal guidance and self-assessment on most civil projects, with the potential of select projects to be assessed through the formal rating process, gaining recognition for the City’s efforts toward sustainability.

 

 

 

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

3 thoughts on “A Focus on Infrastructure Sustainability – Envision

  1. Congratulations Mike on obtaining Infrastructure Sustainability Accreditation.
    Can we have you back in Castlegar?

    1. Thanks Janice,
      We are really enjoying being in Revelstoke, and work is going really well. We’ve still got a soft spot for Castlegar and the Kootenays, but at this stage, our path has brought us here!

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