On December 6, CEO Terry F. Neimeyer, PE, BCEE, ENV SP, FACEC, FASCE, presented the Envision Rating System at the 2016 Maryland State of the Ports, organized by the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI). KCI was also a sponsor for the event, which was hosted by the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Ports America Chesapeake. Attendees include major exporters and companies providing services through the Port of Baltimore and BWI Airport.
The event was split into two sections: Green Ports and Port Security and Technology. The Port of Baltimore seeks to balance its role as an economic engine, being able to move billions of dollars in cargo each year efficiently and securely, while minimizing its impacts on the state’s greatest natural asset, the Chesapeake Bay. Terry’s presentation focused on how the Envision Rating System, created and developed by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, could be a useful tool for the port’s current and future infrastructure projects.
The Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System is a comprehensive framework of 60 sustainability criteria that address the full range of environmental, social and economic impacts to sustainability in project design, construction and operation. These criteria, or credits, are arranged in five categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Risk.
Using a holistic approach to evaluating benefits to the community, economy and environment, Envision can be utilized for nearly every type of infrastructure project. Moreover, the rating system can also be applied to the Sustainable Design and Construction Guidelines for Ports (ASCE) (AAPA), in projects involving demolition and disposal, dredging, marina, remediation, renewable energy, revetments, breakwaters, dikes, security improvements, seismic protection, site and landscape development, technology, terminal development, traffic, utilities, wharf and piling.