In doing such, the Concrete JSI seeks to increase cooperation in areas of technical committees, educational seminars, publications, certification, marketing, and other related activities pertaining to sustainable development; align and expedite programs and projects; drive continuous improvement at component and integrated levels; and actively engage and communicate to stakeholders, all the while coordinating efforts to minimize duplication of efforts and effectively use industry resources. In August 2009, the CP Tech Center issued a briefing document, "Building Sustainable Pavement with Concrete," as the initial product from a national research plan developed and implemented by the concrete pavement stakeholder community, including the Federal Highway Administration, universities, state departments of transportation, and related industries.
Concrete Sustainability Forum New Orleans event leads to creation of new values in the concrete sector BY KOJI SaKaI, JULIE K. BUFFENBarGEr, aND rIcharD D. STEhLY I n recent years, green design and construction have received much-deserved attention. Through its strategic plan, ACI has committed itself to sustainability by striving to: sustainability technologies, and ISO standardization of sustainability for the concrete industry. A third forum is planned in conjunction with the ACI Fall 2010 Convention 1. Expand understanding of sustainability issues in Pittsburgh, PA. The Fall 2010 Convention theme, among its membership; “Green Concrete in the Steel City,” promises another 2. Expand resources to support sustainability issues; fruitful forum. 3. Provide sustainability content in ACI documents Information presented at the 2009 Concrete Sustainability and products; Forum included: 4. Improve the perception of concrete relative to sustainability; Collaboration within the U.S. 5. Coordinate an industry consensus and response ConCrete indUStry on sustainability; and The Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative (JSI) was 6. Explore methods to quantify, rate, and certify founded in 2009 and currently has 26 members, including sustainability of concrete structures. nearly all the major U.S. concrete industry associations. In 2008, ISO/TC 71, for which ACI is the secretariat, The purpose of the Initiative is to align all partners under created SC 8, a new subcommittee on environmental nine declarations with the overarching goal of providing management for concrete and concrete structures unified and integrated advocacy, technology, and educational (EMCC). ACI members are playing a very active and resources to convey the social value of concrete. In doing important role in the development of sustainability such, the Concrete JSI seeks to increase cooperation in documents by TC 71/SC 8. areas of technical committees, educational seminars, As part of those efforts, ACI hosted a special event publications, certification, marketing, and other related titled, “Sustainable Development Workshop on Concrete, activities pertaining to sustainable development; align Green Building, and ISO Standards,” immediately before and expedite programs and projects; drive continuous the ACI Fall 2008 Convention in St. Louis, MO.1 Topics improvement at component and integrated levels; and discussed at the workshop included current and developing actively engage and communicate to stakeholders, all the standards and rating systems that impact the concrete while coordinating efforts to minimize duplication of industry. The event was well-attended and representatives efforts and effectively use industry resources. of the concrete-related organizations agreed that additional To create a common industry identity and vision workshops should be held. regarding sustainability, members of the Concrete JSI In light of this, the Concrete Sustainability Forum was have adopted an integrated-systems view of “concrete held in New Orleans, LA, prior to the ACI Fall 2009 structures,” rather than focusing on individual components. Convention. Topics included new initiatives within the They have also identified eight specific social values that U.S. concrete sector, sustainability activities in concrete- concrete structures provide, including resource efficiency, related organizations throughout the world, advanced safety/protection, financial responsibility, operational
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