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Title: A Strategic Project Appraisal framework for ecologically sustainable urban infrastructure

Abstract

Actors in the built environment are progressively considering environmental and social issues alongside functional and economic aspects of development projects. Infrastructure projects represent major investment and construction initiatives with attendant environmental, economic and societal impacts across multiple scales. To date, while sustainability strategies and frameworks have focused on wider national aspirations and strategic objectives, they are noticeably weak in addressing micro-level integrated decision making in the built environment, particularly for infrastructure projects. The proposed approach of this paper is based on the principal that early intervention is the most cost-effective and efficient means of mitigating the environmental effects of development projects, particularly macro infrastructure developments. A strategic overview of the various project alternatives, taking account for stakeholder and expert input, could effectively reduce project impacts/risks at low cost to the project developers but provide significant benefit to wider communities, including communities of future stakeholders. This paper is the first exploratory step in developing a more systematic framework for evaluating strategic alternatives for major metropolitan infrastructure projects, based on key sustainability principles. The developed Strategic Project Appraisal (SPA) framework, grounded in the theory of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), provides a means of practically appraising project impacts and alternatives in terms ofmore » quantified ecological limits; addresses the neglected topic of metropolitan infrastructure as a means of delivering sustainability outcomes in the urban context and more broadly, seeks to open a debate on the potential for SEA methodology to be more extensively applied to address sustainability challenges in the built environment. Practically applied and timed appropriately, the SPA framework can enable better decision-making and more efficient resource allocation ensuring low impact infrastructure development.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]; ;  [2]
  1. Centre for Design, RMIT University, GPO Box 2476, Melbourne VIC 3001 (Australia)
  2. School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, GPO Box 2476, Melbourne VIC 3001 (Australia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22058850
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 33; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2011 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0195-9255
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; COMMUNITIES; COST ESTIMATION; DECISION MAKING; ENVIRONMENT; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; INVESTMENT; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; URBAN AREAS

Citation Formats

Morrissey, John, Iyer-Raniga, Usha, McLaughlin, Patricia, and Mills, Anthony. A Strategic Project Appraisal framework for ecologically sustainable urban infrastructure. United States: N. p., 2012. Web. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2011.10.005.
Morrissey, John, Iyer-Raniga, Usha, McLaughlin, Patricia, & Mills, Anthony. A Strategic Project Appraisal framework for ecologically sustainable urban infrastructure. United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.EIAR.2011.10.005
Morrissey, John, Iyer-Raniga, Usha, McLaughlin, Patricia, and Mills, Anthony. Wed . "A Strategic Project Appraisal framework for ecologically sustainable urban infrastructure". United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.EIAR.2011.10.005.
@article{osti_22058850,
title = {A Strategic Project Appraisal framework for ecologically sustainable urban infrastructure},
author = {Morrissey, John and Iyer-Raniga, Usha and McLaughlin, Patricia and Mills, Anthony},
abstractNote = {Actors in the built environment are progressively considering environmental and social issues alongside functional and economic aspects of development projects. Infrastructure projects represent major investment and construction initiatives with attendant environmental, economic and societal impacts across multiple scales. To date, while sustainability strategies and frameworks have focused on wider national aspirations and strategic objectives, they are noticeably weak in addressing micro-level integrated decision making in the built environment, particularly for infrastructure projects. The proposed approach of this paper is based on the principal that early intervention is the most cost-effective and efficient means of mitigating the environmental effects of development projects, particularly macro infrastructure developments. A strategic overview of the various project alternatives, taking account for stakeholder and expert input, could effectively reduce project impacts/risks at low cost to the project developers but provide significant benefit to wider communities, including communities of future stakeholders. This paper is the first exploratory step in developing a more systematic framework for evaluating strategic alternatives for major metropolitan infrastructure projects, based on key sustainability principles. The developed Strategic Project Appraisal (SPA) framework, grounded in the theory of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), provides a means of practically appraising project impacts and alternatives in terms of quantified ecological limits; addresses the neglected topic of metropolitan infrastructure as a means of delivering sustainability outcomes in the urban context and more broadly, seeks to open a debate on the potential for SEA methodology to be more extensively applied to address sustainability challenges in the built environment. Practically applied and timed appropriately, the SPA framework can enable better decision-making and more efficient resource allocation ensuring low impact infrastructure development.},
doi = {10.1016/J.EIAR.2011.10.005},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/22058850}, journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
issn = {0195-9255},
number = 1,
volume = 33,
place = {United States},
year = {2012},
month = {2}
}