April 2020 Presentation
April 7th, 2020 Monthly Presentation:
“Sustainable Infrastructure and the Role of Envision”
Presented by Lindsey Geiger, PE, ENV SP, LEED AP BD+C
Director, Education - Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure
Receive (1.0) PDH and (1.0) AIA LU/HSW
Dinner Buffet and Open Bar
Consider the importance of infrastructure in our daily lives. Infrastructure provides the basis for public health, impacts the economic viability of our communities, moves people and goods, and creates spaces for us to enjoy. However, despite the need for infrastructure and the many benefits it provides, historically it is overlooked and underfunded until it breaks down or service is disrupted.
Decades of neglect mean that massive investments in infrastructure are now needed. Aging and outdated infrastructure needs to be replaced and modernized. At the same time, population growth and climate change are stressing financial, material, and technological resources. Infrastructure is at the heart of addressing key challenges of the 21st century, and the standards and methods of the past will not be adequate to meet the needs of the future. A new paradigm is required.
How do you know whether your decisions as engineers and architects are contributing to sustainability or not? How do you bring attention to the need for more sustainable infrastructure? How do you communicate around a shared understanding of what sustainability means?
This presentation introduces Envision as a framework for providing the guidance needed to initiate systemic change in the planning, design and delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Envision:
- Sets the standard for what constitutes sustainable infrastructure;
- Incentivizes higher performance goals beyond minimum requirements;
- Gives recognition to projects that make significant contributions to sustainability; and
- Provides a common language for collaboration and clear communication both internally and externally.
Lindsey Geiger is the Director of Education at the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. She oversees educational programming including the Envision Sustainability Professional credential, continuing education courses, and training for Envision verifiers and ISI trainers. Ms. Geiger coordinates and ensures consistency across all educational materials, events, and policies.
Ms. Geiger holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. She is a Professional Engineer (PE), registered in Colorado.