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February Technical Meeting – Envision Sustainability Framework as an Environmental Management Planning Tool


Presentation Topic: Envision Sustainability Framework as an Environmental Management Planning Tool

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This will be a hybrid-style meeting (virtual and in-person). This month the speakers will be in-person and virtual. Attendees will still be able to interact with the speaker through the chat window and microphone at the venue to ask questions.

Abstract: How do we measure environmental management for infrastructure planning and design?

As environmental professionals, we want to optimize a triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity for our projects.  We want to increase the positive co-benefits, and decrease negative impacts, while being mindful of costs.  How do we plan, establish actions, and measure results on these aspirations?   What guidelines will help us to anticipate the future impacts of the project on the community, and on the ecosystem, as well as the future hazards to anticipate in the design?

The Envision Sustainability Framework from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is the infrastructure industry standard in North America for guidance on these complex and interrelated issues.  Even better, Envision is free for all to use as a planning tool.  Award recognition is optional.

This presentation includes a quick overview of Envision, and a deeper look at how to use the Framework efficiently and effectively, with a focus on the topics most relevant to environmental management for infrastructure owners. Drawing from experience as Envision practitioners and Envision verifiers, insights will be provided on how to:

  • Capture opportunities – tips and tricks
  • Use the Envision guidance to elevate triple bottom line performance
  • Interpret the manual criteria,
  • Set project objectives,
  • Evaluate alternatives,
  • Guide decision makers,
  • Engage stakeholders
  • Create a prioritized action plan,
  • Prepare documentation which assists in obtaining NEPA approval,
  • Create design guidelines
  • Create construction requirements.

Presenters: Howard Lusk & Keisha Voigt

Howard Lusk, P.E., ENV SP, LEED AP BD+C – Civil Engineer and Senior Technologist, Jacobs (in-person)

Keisha Voigt, ENV SP – Senior Sustainability and Environmental Planner, Jacobs (virtual)

Howard was the lead civil engineer and lead ENV SP for the AlexRenew Nutrient Management Facility (NMF), the first Envision award in Virginia (version 2 Platinum, 2016).  Keisha was a key team member in preparing and editing the NMF Envision submittal documentation.  Following that project, they have continued to independently develop expertise in Envision by conducting pre-assessments, writing action plans, presenting training to clients and designers, and leading teams of ENV SPs preparing narratives and supporting documentation.  Both have been trained by ISI as Envision Verifiers, and have evaluated project submittals, and written comments on behalf of ISI.

Thank you to our sponsors Jacobs!

When: Thursday, February 15th, 2024
11:45 AM -12 PM – Sign in and Networking
12 PM -1PM – Presentation

Where: 2810: a community gathering place, 2810 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
(Reserved parking spaces on both sides of building and in gravel lot located through gate)

(Virtual attendees will receive a Teams Meeting)

Registration Price: 
In Person Members: $25 members
In Person Non-Members: $30
In Person Late Ticket: $30
Virtual Individual: $10
Virtual Conference Room: $40*
Virtual Student Ticket: FREE

*For viewing as a company group; as professionals we expect attendees to purchase this option when group sharing rather than as an individual ticket.

Lunch is included with purchase of an in-person ticket (Local Carytown Favorites)

PDH: 1.0 HR