Envision®

Purpose of Envision

Envision exists to foster a dramatic and necessary improvement in the performance and resiliency of our physical infrastructure across the full dimensions of sustainability. The program provides the framework and incentives needed to initiate this systemic change.

Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System

Envision was created by a strategic alliance of the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). ISI is a not-for-profit education and research organization, dedicated to developing and maintaining a civil infrastructure rating system. ISI, formed by the American Public Works Association, American Council of Engineering Companies and American Society of Civil Engineers, launched the Envision tool in 2012. This planning and design guidance tool provides industry-wide sustainability metrics for all infrastructure types—an approach similar to its vertical facility counterpart, LEED.

Our Involvement

"HDR is focused on sustainability as a core philosophy, and we recognize and embrace the potential Envision has to transform the built environment, much as the LEED Green Building Rating System did for the building industry," said HDR Senior Vice President and Director of Sustainability, Michaella Wittmann. 

ISI Membership

We are a Charter Member of ISI and were the first to have a project receive an Envision Award. Our firm has qualified as an ISI contractor for Third Party Verification services, and participates enthusiastically on several ISI technical committees.

Education and Professional Credentialing

We currently more than 200 Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system credentialed professionals (ENV SPs), including our engineering management team and HDR, Inc., Chairman and CEO George A. Little. We were the first engineering firm to commit to the goal of 100 ENV SPs in February 2013, and the first firm to reach that goal in June 2013.


Our Projects

Hardeeville Water Reclamation Facility | Hardeeville, South Carolina

Hardeeville Water Reclamation Facility is the 21st project to be Envision verified. The first Envision award in the Carolinas, this Bronze-rated project is HDR's fifth Envision recognition.

The project received an Envision Bronze award in September 2016.

Kansas City Streetcar | Kansas City, Missouri

KC Streetcar

Kansas City Streetcar is the 18th project to be Envision verified. The Platinum-rated project is the first transit project, and specifically the first streetcar project, to receive an ISI Envision sustainable infrastructure rating.

The project received an Envision Platinum award in August 2016.

Holland Energy Park | Holland, Michigan

Holland Energy Park

Holland Energy Park is the 15th project in North America to be Envision verified. It is the first project in the state of Michigan and the first-ever central power plant to achieve Envision Platinum Verification.

The project received an Envision Platinum award in July 2016.

Historic Fourth Ward Park | Atlanta, Georgia

Historic Fourth Ward Park is the 12th project in North America to receive an ISI Envision rating award. It is the first project in the state of Georgia and the first project along The Atlanta BeltLine to receive an Envision Award.

The project received an Envision Gold award in February 2016.

William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery | Anchorage, Alaska

We became the first firm ever to officially register a project – the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery – with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure with the intent of receiving an Envision certification. 

The project received an Envision Gold award in July 2013.