The West Houston Association (WHA) has presented its first Compass Award of the year to Michael Bloom, P.E., Manager of R. G. Miller Engineers’ Sustainability Department, for his work promoting the Envision Rating System, a consensus-based framework for developing and implementing resilient and sustainable infrastructure.
WHA initiated the Compass Awards in 2019 to recognize “efforts that inspire sustainable, quality growth.” This year’s award was presented during the Developing Sustainability: Green Development Forum held February 6.
Bloom is a member of the WHA Sustainable Infrastructure Committee, “which advocates for the use of sustainable infrastructure concepts through the education of stakeholders and recognition of projects and practices.” Every year the committee presents a Sustainability Stars Award to recognize leaders in sustainable development in Greater West Houston. In 2017, R. G. Miller Engineers was the recipient of one of the inaugural awards.
WHA encourages the use of the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Framework. In January of 2019, WHA President Augustus Campbell spoke before the Harris County Commissioners Court in favor of the County Engineer’s request for approval to have members of the Office of the County Engineer become Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) through in-person credentialing training. During 2019, Bloom and Liz Parent taught multiple training classes, some hosted by WHA. Later in the year, Commissioner Adrian Garcia initiated planning and design of one of the first Texas roadway projects to seek Envision verification.
“One WHA member is most responsible for promoting Envision,” said Jim Russ, WHA Board Member and Sustainable Infrastructure Committee Chair, in presenting the award. “That member is Michael Bloom.”