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More Sustainability Appraisal Tools and Future Prospects

More Sustainability Appraisal Tools and Future Prospects

70 min
Credit: AICP CMCNU-A

This course is approved for 1.25 AICP CM credits

This course is the fourth in a four-part series on urban sustainability appraisal tools and how they serve as collaboration platforms and sustainability accelerators for communities. Assessment and rating tools to be covered in this course include the Envision infrastructure rating system; other notable U.S. tools, including WELL District, SEED, H+T Affordability Index, Walk Score, INVEST, Greenroads, Community Wildlife Habitat, Cooperative Sanctuary, PEER, and the Local Energy Efficiency Scorecard; notable local tools in Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, and Minnesota; notable tools available outside of North America; and notable private sector tools. The course also presents a six-step tool selection procedure and a review of general trends and future prospects for sustainability appraisal tools. At the conclusion of this course, you will be familiar with the Envision infrastructure rating system and aware of other notable tool options for evaluating community and neighborhood sustainability as well as trends and prospects affecting future appraisal tools.

In This Course

  1. This chapter provides an overview of the course.
  2. Envision
    This chapter examines the Envision rating system in terms of its appraisal scale and type, typical use cases, topical focus on infrastructure projects, points allocation, eligibility requirements, user skill requirements, representative users of the tool, rating timeframe and costs, rating procedure and criteria, notable criteria, tool provider background and user support services, tool maturity, and market impact.
  3. Interview: Denise Nelson
    Eliot interviews Denise Nelson from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
  4. Other Notable Tools
    This chapter reviews other notable U.S. tools, including WELL District, SEED, H+T Affordability Index, Walk Score, INVEST, Greenroads, Community Wildlife Habitat, Cooperative Sanctuary, PEER, and the Local Energy Efficiency Scorecard; other notable tools outside of North America, including BREEAM, CASBEE, DGNB, Green Star Communities, HQE Urban Planning & Development, and One Planet Communities; and notable private sector tools, including the Ecala Restorative City Standard, Arup SPeAR, and AECOM SSIM.
  5. Tool Selection Steps
    This chapter presents a six-step method of selecting a best-fit tool, such as determining scale and scope, identifying users, planning a budget, learning from others' experiences, and calculating overall tool efficiency.
  6. Interview: Scott Edmundson
    Eliot interviews Scott Edmundson from the city and county of San Francisco.
  7. Trends and Future Prospects
    This chapter examines trends in urban sustainability appraisal, including tool provider and certification service consolidation, and greater adoption of local systems. The chapter also discusses future prospects for appraisal tools, including dynamic monitoring of real-time performance data, monetization of performance results, and the challenges of scaling-up to meet the demands of rapid urbanization.
  8. Key Takeaways
    This chapter summarizes the primary takeaways from the course in terms of infrastructure and other notable tool options; six selection steps for finding a best-fit tool; trends and future prospects for appraisal tools; and how appraisal tools can be used to accelerate sustainability.

Published 2016