‘Making The Grade’ recently launched a report to the public at the National Press Club, Washington DC. ‘Making The Grade’ represents the consensus of many who attended the meeting ‘Executing a Sustainable Infrastructure Vision’ convened by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) initially in 2012. The ‘Making the Grade’ roundtable that followed in 2013 was comprised of experts from 45 companies representing the scope of the U.S. infrastructure industry – planning, engineering, construction, and technology – and their counterparts from local governments, professional organizations, think tanks, financial advisors, academic institutions, and others. The report is comprised from ideas and suggestions expressed during this roundtable.
Participants agreed to an ambitious goal: describe a new vision and path forward for regaining and sustaining America’s public infrastructure leadership. A vision that:
· promotes, as a national imperative, regaining America’s infrastructure leadership through a renewed commitment to infrastructure development for the long term.
· rekindles the foresight, initiative, investment, innovation and hard labor that went into the development of a national public infrastructure that has served as the foundation for economic expansion, prosperity and opportunity for successive generations of Americans.
· encourages fresh thinking about project financing and planning that balances the economic, environmental and social costs and benefits of new infrastructure investments.
· improves the utility and productivity of infrastructure – both new and old – by applying the latest in systems planning and integrated technologies.
· tackles historic road-blocks to effective regional and national scale infrastructure.
· embraces modern delivery methods and approaches that promote efficiency in project delivery and discourage unnecessary administrative and liability burdens on stakeholders.
· renews Americans’ historically shared sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for public works by employing capital and natural resources efficiently.
Download the report here