Is Sustainable Infrastructure Sexy?

Terry Mock, SLDI Co-founder

By Terry Mock
Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev

June 2008

What looks like a sound investment when almost everything else seems to be falling apart? Well, according to many experts, the answer is now infrastructure.

Forbes magazine says “Infrastructure is Sexy” and Morgan Stanley raises $4 bn global infrastructure fund while reporting that, “The successful fund-raising underscores the particular demand for infrastructure investment and for alternative assets.”

At a recent international conference on Best Practices for Sustaining Infrastructure, host CEO Greg Bentley defined “Infrastructure” as “the interface between people and our planet and it embraces everyone and requires all of our respective efforts in architecture, engineering, construction, and operations of our buildings and all of the world’s infrastructure assets.” Bentley went on to issue a Sustaining Infrastructure White Paper which calls for infrastructure that sustains society, the planet, and the profession.  Conference keynote speaker and author of the book “Green to Gold”, Andrew Winston offered his thoughts on how companies can grow and prosper, but warns, Better Get Efficient…and Fast.

As detailed in previous issues of this newsletter and our magazines, SLDI embraces the challenge to provide sustainable infrastructure by offering a balanced vision of land development that is holistic, including an often-overlooked and necessary component in this month’s SLDT featured article below – Trees: A Capital Asset & Community Infrastructure.

In another effort to help facilitate mass industry intelligence on sustainability within the land development industry, the SLDI Knowledge Project™ has been introduced to utilize Wiki technology and enable users around the world to provide the infrastructure for the development of a dynamically evolving “encyclopedia” of sustainable land development knowledge. Furthermore, I personally am calling for our industry to be a positive evolutionary force for sustainable infrastructure in this month’s SLDT The Last Word editorial entitled, “Nature Bats Last.  We are Part of Nature, Too…”.

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