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Marty Janowitz

Vice President, Practice Leader Sustainable Development

Halifax, Nova Scotia

As vice president of sustainable development, it’s no surprise that Marty believes sustainable design is both the right and the sensible thing to do. He aims for Stantec to be both an exemplary model and to develop progressive, sustainability-oriented services that draw on the entire firm’s capabilities.

Marty has earned a reputation as a pioneering visionary, innovator, and pragmatist through assignments in environmental and sustainability design and planning. He’s championing a new paradigm of design work that focuses on practical, lifecycle, and holistic approaches to urban design.

His work includes policy, corporate social responsibility, and stakeholder engagement on behalf of diverse sectors and communities, and he’s a member of the Canada Clean50, honoring outstanding contributors to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.

Outside the office, Marty is chair of the Nova Scotia Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity. He also enjoys slipping his micro SMART car into tiny parking spaces.

How does everything we do at Stantec come back to resilience?

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<p>I care about a world which is capable of being strong, healthy, vital, evolving, and therefore resilience is important to me as an individual and it's also very important to me as a professional because I can bring that kind of thinking and expertise towards working with all the communities I encounter within my work at Stantec.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I take a broad, full-life version of resilience. I start thinking about it in terms of preparations and readiness against potential risks and disasters. Then there's the actual response to a disaster or catastrophe or major turmoil that effects a system. Then there's the bounce back. That's recovery and returning facilities and systems to original workability. Then the last, and I think ultimately most important piece, is where do you go from here? Change, adaptation, innovation, redefining the system so that it doesn't suffer the same type of difficulty again.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As we know, Stantec and community are inextricably linked. Everything we are trying to do is about both being a community and acting on behalf and as part of communities. Resilience is integral to what a community needs in order to be sustainable, in order to be able to respond to difficulties and challenges. No matter what discipline we are involved in, no matter what kind of teams we are part of. Whether or not we think we are overtly working around resiliency, all of the design, planning, engineering, and science we do, I mean all, has something to do with the resilience and the sustainability and the vitality and health and quality of life of the communities we're a part of.</p>


What sort of new economic assessment tools could civil engineers be taking advantage of? Join me at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2016 convention and conference to hear some ideas.

Sustainable design represents the next generation approach to both progressive performance and value. These perspectives were explored on a panel at the first International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure: “Value Proposition for Sustainable Infrastructure.”

At the 2015 Green Build Atlantic Conference, I explored the Envision proposition for sustainable infrastructure with some pointed questions and a case study.

I authored two chapters in Planning Sustainable Cities: An Infrastructure-based Approach developed by the Harvard Graduate School of Design and releasing at Harvard’s Planning Sustainable Cities Conference this year.

For years I’ve been talking about pushing infrastructure design forward. In the April 2014 issue of The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking, my article “Infrastructure Imperatives Drive Regional Competitiveness” explored the state of our industry.

It’s not a new read, but I recommend William McDonough’s classic book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, a manifesto for a radically different philosophy and practice of sustainable design and manufacturing.

I’m currently reading Ecological Urbanism, edited by Mohsen Mostafavi with Gareth Doherty. It argues that an ecological approach is urgently needed as an imaginative and practical method for addressing existing as well as new cities.

I’ve just picked up and am much enjoying The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life by Jonathan F.P. Rose, one of America’s leading visionaries and practitioners of progressive urban renewal.

Envision is a new framework for creating sustainable infrastructure projects. Want to learn more? Check out my feature video by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

At the Harvard Graduate School of Design, I serve on the Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board for the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure.

I’m a member of the Envision Review Board—the overarching leadership and oversight body for the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System and Framework.

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