The Mississippi River: Is Sustainable Infrastructure a Watershed Solution?

by Arturo Herrera on February 23, 2015

Wed, Mar 25, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT

 Through the efforts of several national civil engineering associations and the Harvard School of Design, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) formed to advance the development and practice of a web based tool for measuring and encouraging sustainability in civil infrastructure projects of all kinds, other than habitable buildings. “Envision™” is now an in-depth guidance and rating system used to assess and improve the sustainability metrics of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects.

During this interview, participants with learn about Envision’s watershed approach to water infrastructure as panelists explore Envision’s application to water infrastructure projects on the Mississippi River. In this day and age of casting about for ways to address the great river’s water quality and its infrastructure, Envision provides a practical and feasible way forward.

– William Bertera is Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. He is the former Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation, the Rebuild America Coalition and the American Public Works Association. He has also held senior executive and management positions with the International City Management Association, the National Association of Counties and the National Solid Wastes Management Association.

– Anne Lewis is the founder and director of America’s Waterway, a non-profit organization advocating civic engagement and a National Dialogue for the Future of the Mississippi River. Coming from a background of professional communication planning, she created America’s Waterway to address the Mississippi River’s sustainability in holistic ways, taking its social and economic – as well as environmental – aspects into account, with stakeholder involvement as the pivotal component.

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