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As cities respond to extreme weather and public health threats, our critical infrastructure must adapt to changing conditions to continue to support our communities. Resiliency and sustainability are increasingly important priorities for infrastructure owners, designers, builders, and operators. There are a number of environmental certifications which aim to integrating these priorities into projects, such as Envision. Public agencies are using certifications such as Envision to assess and improve sustainability performance, including certification requirements in Requests for Qualifications and Requests for Proposals, and demonstrating project success by pursuing certification awards. Join our panel of experts as we discuss Envision and other certifications in the context of infrastructure, and learn how sustainability and resiliency can lead to a competitive advantage for projects, agencies, and engineering firms.
Panelist: Morgan Abbett-HDR is a civil engineer and sustainability consultant at HDR with a focus on water infrastructure. She helps teams integrate sustainability and resiliency into projects and programs in her local Bay Area, across the US, and internationally. Morgan is an accredited Envision verifier and trainer. Morgan chairs the ASCE San Francisco Section Sustainability Committee, serves as secretary of Engineers Without Borders' San Francisco Professional Chapter, and represents Young Professionals on the Board of HDRs Foundation.
Panelist: Justin Waples-Central Contra Costa Sanitary District is a Professional Civil Engineer licensed in California, with a Water Resources and Environmental focus. Justin is a graduate of the Water Environment Federations (WEF) Water Leadership Institute and a Lead for the WEF Envision Taskforce, as well as a member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructures Outreach Taskforce. Justin is the Collection Systems prime engineer for Central Contra Costa Sanitary Districts (Central Sans) Planning and Applied Research Workgroup
Panelist: Feliz Ventura-Hatch focuses on making the business case for climate adaptation for clients shaping the built environment in the 21st century at Hatch Urban Solutions. She leads analyses of the new economic realities that stem from climate change for some of the worlds largest cities, governments and companies needing to make decisions for long-lived investments that will be subject to significant climate impacts.She has worked across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of California at San Diego
Panelist: Mike Brown-Environmental Finance Manager SFPUC At the SFPUC, Mike has issued more than $6 billion in long-term debt and $1 billion in short-term debt for San Francisco's water, wastewater and power capital programs, including $2.5 billion in Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) certified green bonds. Mike is a member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies Sustainability Committee, CBI Water Criteria Industry Working Group, California State Treasurer Green Bond Market Development Committee, and Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network.
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