August 2020 Envision Accomplishments
This past August was an exciting month for the Berkley Group in the world of Envision and the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). ISI's August newsletter included a member spotlight on the Berkley Group, which can be read here. Additionally, Berkley Group Planner Jonathan McCoy earned his ENV SP credential, which was also featured in ISI's August 2020 newsletter. Congrats Jonathan!
Finally, a project the Berkley Group was serving as an Envison reviewer on, the Wendel/Buffalo Sewer Authority roadway improvement project, received the Envision Bronze award for sustainable infrastructure. Click here to read the full press release from August 17, 2020.
2020 Legislative Update
2020 was another exciting year for the General Assembly. Now that all the legislation has taken effect, local governments are responsible for implementing the changes. The Berkley Group has developed and are sharing the materials below to serve as a quick reference for localities. Feel free to distribute these reference materials to colleagues in the planning and community development world, and let us know how we can help your community in implementing this new legislation!
Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Partnership
The Berkley Group has partnered with the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) to work together to strengthen and advance localities throughout Virginia. VACo assists the Berkley Group in the development of a strategic marketing plan and in matching VACo member needs and Berkley Group services. Be sure to click on the image to the right to check out our page on the VACo website!
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Membership
The Berkley Group is an Envision Qualified Company and corporate member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). ISI released the Envision® guidance and rating system for sustainable infrastructure in 2012 as a collection of best practices to help infrastructure professionals make better decisions during the lifecycle of infrastructure. It allows for and encourages professionals to take into account the triple bottom line, the concepts of impact to the environment, to the people, and to the economy. Envision is freely available as a guidance manual, online scoresheet, and pre-assessment checklist. The ISI also offers a professional credential (Envision Sustainability Professional or ENV SP) and a third-party project review and recognition program on a fee basis.
Staff member Denise Nelson, P.E., CFM, ENV SP, and LEED AP, is a leading expert on the Envision system. She was one of the first people to earn the ENV SP credential, become an ISI-approved Envision trainer (one of only two in Virginia), and become a third-party project reviewer.
As an Envision Qualified Company and ISI member, we can help local governments learn about and implement the Envision concepts to create more livable and resilient communities. We can provide guidance on decision making in infrastructure projects, incorporate the triple bottom line into project workflow and reporting, perform Envision assessments, provide in-person Envision credential training, and facilitate collaboration and stakeholder engagement.
"Your Hour with APA Virginia" Webinar Series
The Berkley Group is sponsoring the "Your Hour with APA Virginia" series, a series of free webinars that address important issues in planning. The webinars are held every 4th Monday from 12 pm to 1 pm, and the Berkley Group's own Darren Coffey and Drew Williams have served as the speakers for many of the webinars. Past webinars can be viewed on the "Your Hours with APA Virginia" YouTube channel.
Be sure to check back here periodically for information on upcoming webinars, and be on the lookout for future webinar presentations from the Berkley Group!
The Nature of Change in Local Government Series
Check out our video series and presentation from the 2016 APA National Conference in Phoenix explaining some universal ways the local government profession is changing. As local government experts, let us help you navigate through these evolving times.