The Envision framework for sustainable infrastructure not only provides an opportunity to evaluate and enhance project sustainability and resilience against social, environmental, and economic indicators, it also supports project owners and project teams in tracking, managing, and reporting on sustainability and resilience goals and progress towards those goals throughout the project’s lifecycle.
Envision is an iterative process that requires coordination throughout project design and construction. It also captures critical considerations, strategies, and risks associated with early planning and long-term operations and management. Due the expansive nature of the sustainability and resilience indicators covered in the framework, project owners and project teams are given an opportunity to consider the sustainability and resilience performance of their project across project phases, between project team members/groups, and within the constraints of the project.
It is also important to note that ongoing collaboration, tracking, and reporting throughout project phases is critical to the effective implementation of Envision. One way that we support clients in doing this is through developing sustainability management plans and systems.
The end goal for our clients is not always project verification under Envision – many see value in using the Envision framework to support project team and project phase integration. In many ways, if Envision is implemented early and consistently throughout a project, it can act as a tool to support and enhance project management functions.
Our clients have found that the process of implementing Envision provides an opportunity for continuity and integration between project team members, disciplines, and project phases. This is an example of sustainability and resilience that can sometimes be overlooked – the ability for project teams to collaborate, identify strategies for improvement, remove redundancies, reduce silos, and deliver a project more effectively within scope, schedule, and budget constraints. Once these critical considerations have been discussed and prepared for, project owners and project team members can begin to focus their time on identifying enhancements to the sustainability and resilience of their projects, connected systems, communities, and planet, in a way that is feasible, implementable, and successful.
Bronwyn Worrick | MBA, BA, ENV SP
Co-Founder & Consultant