Infrastructure built and retrofitted over the next decade will largely determine whether the world moves along a pathway toward sustainable development and rapid decarbonization or continues to follow a business-as-usual trajectory. Guidance, tools, standards, and other resources exist to guide practitioners about how to build the next generation of sustainable infrastructure. Unfortunately, practitioners — engineers, government regulators, financiers, contractors, infrastructure owner-operators — are not using these resources sufficiently.
As infrastructure spending ramps up, an urgency exists to streamline access and familiarity with sustainable infrastructure guidance, tools, and best practices. The adoption of an Infrastructure Sustainability LEarning (ISLE) model, adapted from the ECHO Model used in the medical community, is a scalable, effective, and low-cost capacity building approach for sustainable infrastructure specialists and practitioners.
During this event, hear from partners who adapted the ECHO learning model from the health sector to apply it in a pilot series of virtual learning sessions for infrastructure practitioners from over 70 countries, their ideas for scaling the model, and how to leverage existing tools like the Sustainable Infrastructure Tool Navigator into a framework that can be used to connect global learners to common resources. The event will end with an open discussion and networking session to explore potential collaborations for advancement.
This event is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme, the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University, and GIZ, within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network.