According to Mondshine, the last three years or so have seen dramatic changes in public and business perceptions of sustainability.
“Historically, there’s been a notion that sustainability was a cost, that resilience was a cost,” he notes. “But now we’ve learned that it’s really central to the business model of companies, and it’s central to the mission of public agencies. We’ve also seen a sea change in the notion of social equity and how we handle that as it relates to infrastructure and the environment.
“Right now is the moment we need to meet to put together this new climate, resilience and sustainability team,” Mondshine adds. “Folks need a holistic approach that starts on the front end from sustainable planning and then requires you to pass your skills off to engineering.”