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New organization works to measure infrastructure sustainability.

A newly established, independent nonprofit organization, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), is working to develop and administer a sustainability rating system for North American infrastructure. ISI was founded by the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Public Works Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The ISI rating system, called envision[TM] Sustainability Rating System, includes environmental, economic, and social considerations, and is designed to identify the benefits of sustainable practices for infrastructure owners, regulators, designers, and managers. The rating system, inspired by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED[R]) Green Building Rating Systems[TM], is the only comprehensive assessment system that strives to measure a project's social and environmental performance, while also accounting for economic benefits.

ISI is aiming to launch the rating system in late summer 2011 as a voluntary, Web-based product. The ISI system will be performance-based and adaptable to project size and complexity. The system also will be applicable to a wide range of infrastructure projects, from roads and bridges to energy and water systems. Agencies that use the system will have options for self-assessment or third-party certification.

Through its rating system, ISI aims to promote community and policy acceptance of sustainable solutions and encourage knowledge sharing, innovation, and collaboration in the design, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure.

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Title Annotation:Public Information and Information Exchange
Publication:Public Roads
Date:Sep 1, 2011
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