The Center for Sustainability provides American Public Works Association (APWA) and CPWA members and community leaders with tools and resources that allow decision makers to implement more sustainable, economically sound, and socially responsible long-term solutions. Since its creation in 2008, the Center’s goal has been to help APWA and CPWA members embrace their role as “Stewards of Sustainability.
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is a 501(c)3 not-for -profit organization, structured to develop and maintain a sustainability rating system for civil infrastructure. That system, called Envision® is a collaboration between ISI in Washington. D.C., and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) provides resources on sustainability and the environment and hosts an annual 3-day Sustainable Communities Conference. In addition, the Government of Canada has endowed FCM with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund which supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality and climate protection.
Envision® provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. It evaluates, grades, and gives recognition to infrastructure projects that use transformational, collaborative approaches to assess the sustainability indicators over the course of the project's life cycle. Envision® is a collaboration between the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in Washington. D.C., and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.