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Envision Training Workshops Equip Industry Professionals to Plan Projects with Sustainability in Mind

Amanda Schweickert (standing) conducts the TEACHawaii Envision training workshop in Oahu, Hawaii.

On 28 February 2017, BergerABAM conducted the TEACHawaii Envision training workshop in Oahu, Hawaii. This was the first Envision workshop to take place in Hawaii where 26 industry professionals received training to earn the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credential. An alternative to the online training program, the in-person training participants at the TEACHawaii workshop included staff from regional public agencies, such as the U.S. Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii; and the Hawaii Department of Transportation, with the majority of participants from local private firms. Amanda Schweickert, PE, ENV SP, BergerABAM project engineer and Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)-approved Envision trainer, facilitated the full-day (8 hours) workshop. The agenda consisted of the following.

• An introduction to ISI and Envision
• A look at sustainable infrastructures and the role of Envision
• The organization and structure of Envision
• How to apply credits for a project to each of the five Envision categories (Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Risk)
• A review of various case studies and the project verification process
• Guidance on how to use the Envision assessment online tools

Among the online tools is an Envision guidance manual that describes the 60 sustainability credits (organized into the five categories mentioned above) that make up the Envision system. The online Envision preassessment checklist is an educational tool to help users become familiar with Envision sustainability concepts and identifies introductory levels of sustainability performance. A wide range of sustainability concepts is presented on the checklist for users to consider. The online Envision scoresheet helps determine the score for projects evaluated in Envision and includes the 60 credits and levels of achievement described in the Envision guidance manual. These levels of achievement are as follows.

• Bronze at 20 percent of applicable points
• Silver at 30 percent of applicable points
• Gold at 40 percent of applicable points
• Platinum at 50 percent of applicable points

At the end of the workshop, participants were qualified to take the ENV SP exam, which can be accessed online from any computer and includes 75 multiple-choice questions with immediate exam results. This allows participants who pass the exam to earn their ENV SP certifications instantly.

On 15 March 2017, Amanda also presented at the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) Seattle Post 2017 Sustainability Training Forum at the University of Washington. The SAME Envision training program was identical to the program facilitated at TEACHawaii and qualified participants to take the ENV SP exam and join the community of over 5,000 credentialed ENV SPs worldwide.
Interest in Envision from industry professionals continues to grow. The next Envision workshop facilitated by BergerABAM ISI-certified trainers will take place on 6 June for the American Public Works Association (APWA) at the Pierce County Environmental Services Building in University Place, Washington.

About TEACHawaii
Formed in January 2016 and focused on providing education about Envision and bringing innovation to Hawaii, The Envision Action Committee of Hawaii or TEACHawaii is a task force consisting of members from local chapters of the APWA, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Council of Engineering Companies.