Speaking of Design Ep. 9: Envision Experts Offer 11 Tips for Improving Your Verification Process

Marcella Thompson, Jen Ninete, Kim Sosalla-Bahr visit the studio to discuss Envision.

When the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure formed in 2011, the infrastructure industry soon had a universal report card for sustainability known as Envision®. On this episode, you'll meet some of the industry's early adopters and experts on the infrastructure sustainability rating system. They’ll help you understand more about how the framework can help your clients, why a sustainability rating is about more than a pat on the back, and what the process entails so you can help your clients get their projects verified. 


Featured on this Episode

Michaella Wittmann

As the founder and director of our sustainability program, Michaella Wittmann has been a leader in the sustainability and green building industry for 20 years. 

She was one of the early participants in round table discussions about developing metrics for sustainability in infrastructure, and today she oversees the Envision Technical Review board. 

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Marcella Thompson

Marcella Thompson leads the sustainability efforts related to HDR's work with clients in the mining, industrial, oil and gas, power and waste markets.She previously spent seven years as the sustainability director at ConAgra Foods, where she developed strategies and implemented programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy and water, and eliminate waste.


Kim Sosalla-Bahr

As an architect and senior sustainability consultant, Kim Sosalla-Bahr has more than 20 years of experience  bringing her expertise to everything from hospitals to Air Force facilities to water treatment plants. Her experience with implementing LEED requirements into building projects has helped with rolling out Envision to infrastructure design teams.



Jen Ninete

An encyclopedia of the Envision process, Jen Ninete is HDR’s primary knowledge manager, responsible for presenting trainings, facilitating feasibility studies and working on Envision projects, such as Historic Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta, Georgia, and Kansas City Streetcar in Kansas City, Missouri. In her free time, Jennifer has a passion for photography, yoga and family adventures with her husband and two kids.

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As a research associate at Harvard, Anthony Kane helped to develop a rating system as part of the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure. In partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, founded by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Public Works Association, and the American Council of Engineering Companies, those efforts eventually led to the creation of the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Framework. In March 2019, Anthony became acting president and CEO of ISI.


Produced by Danny Sullivan and John Tourek. Special thanks to Jen Ninete.