Beyond the certification badge - how infrastructure sustainability rating tools impact on individual, organizational, and industry practice

Griffiths, Kerry, Boyle, Carol and Henning, Theunis F. P. 2018, Beyond the certification badge - how infrastructure sustainability rating tools impact on individual, organizational, and industry practice, Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 4, doi: 10.3390/su10041038.

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Title Beyond the certification badge - how infrastructure sustainability rating tools impact on individual, organizational, and industry practice
Author(s) Griffiths, Kerry
Boyle, CarolORCID iD for Boyle, Carol orcid.org/0000-0003-3828-6326
Henning, Theunis F. P.
Journal name Sustainability
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Article ID 1038
Total pages 16
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-03-31
ISSN 2071-1050
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Green & Sustainable Science & Technology
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
sustainable infrastructure
rating tools
culture change
engineering profession
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COMPLEXITY
MANAGEMENT
FRAMEWORK
PATHWAYS
Summary © 2018 by the authors. Sustainability consideration in designing, constructing, and operating civil infrastructure requires substantive action and yet progress is slow. This research examines the impact third-party infrastructure sustainability rating tools-specifically CEEQUAL, Envision, Greenroads, and Infrastructure Sustainability-have beyond individual project certification and considers their role in driving wider industry change. In this empirical study, engineering and sustainability professionals (n = 63) assess and describe their experience in using rating tools outside of formal certification and also the impact of tool use on their own practice and the practices of their home organizations. The study found that 77% of experienced users and 59% of infrastructure owners used the tools for purposes other than formal project certification. The research attests that rating tool use and indeed their very existence has a strong influence on sustainability awareness and practice within the infrastructure industry, providing interpretation of sustainability matters in ways that resonate with industry norms. The rating tools impact on individuals and their professional and personal practice, on the policies and practices of infrastructure-related organizations, and more widely on other industry stakeholders. The findings can be used to increase the value gained from sustainability rating tool use and to better understand the role such tools play in creating cultural change within the industry.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/su10041038
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30113812

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