Practicing Sustainability: Envision

Practicing Sustainability: Envision

The Harper Corporation is dedicated to sustainability. Our main office in downtown Greenville, SC, features solar panels and an electric car charging station. We also have 7 LEED AP’s on staff and have contributed to the LEED Certification of more than $165 million worth of construction.

In March, we added our first Envision Certified Professional to our team when Anne-Marie Moehring, a member of our Environmental Systems Division (ESD), earned her credentials to become one of the first Envision Certified Professionals (ENV SP) in South Carolina through the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

As an ENV SP, Anne-Marie is able to partner with our design teams and owners to determine if their project is eligible for Envision certification. Evaluation starts at design and includes a holistic assessment of the project’s impact on its local community and global footprint. Anne-Marie will lead project teams through initial analysis based on the Envision guidelines below. If the team decides to move forward with certification, she will facilitate documentation through design and final submission of the project to ISI.

Envision is an important addition to project assessment because it provides a framework for considering community impact, collaborating with stakeholders, and including provisions in design and construction to address future environmental factors and long term upkeep. Project teams can choose to use Envision as a best practices assessment and not pursue the certification. However, achieving certification allows the community economic growth opportunities. The EPA is also reviewing Envision certification as a factor in determining interest rates for State Revolving Fund loans. If approved, certification would make a project eligible for a reduced interest rate, saving the community money over the life of the project.