Spearheaded by Aris Papadopoulos, Vice Chair of the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Chair of its Sustainable Development Committee (and CEO of Titan America, LLC), the initiative was formed during talks among Papadopoulos, ACI President Florian Barth, and Henry Batten, Chairman of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA). In signing the MOU, the organizations as a group agree to concentrate on the sustainable development applications of all concrete structures, defined in the "Joint Declaration of Industry Vision for a Sustainable Future" as all vertical and horizontal applications and concrete products.
Unifying for a Sustainable Future Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative aligns the industry’s efforts A CI has a long tradition of participating in cooperative efforts in the interest of improving concrete practice. That tradition is continuing through an industry-wide It is in the best interest of the concrete industry and the public to minimize the duplication of activities and foster cooperation in areas of technical committees, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which ACI helped educational seminars, publications, certification, marketing, to launch, that will have far-reaching implications for and other related activities pertaining to sustainable not only the future of the concrete industry, but also our development. “The concrete industry has reacted society, with potentially global benefits as well. positively and implemented many improvements in By establishing the Concrete Joint Sustainability sustainable development so far,” said Barth. “By ratifying Initiative (JSI) in April 2009, the concrete industry has this agreement, we not only agree to work together, but agreed to combine its resources and work together also establish that we have the same vision to share this toward the goal of sustainable development. Spear- planet responsibly.” headed by Aris Papadopoulos, Vice Chair of the Portland Through the Concrete JSI, the allied associations will Cement Association (PCA) and Chair of its Sustainable strive to improve concrete technology at the component Development Committee (and CEO of Titan America, and integrated levels to enhance concrete’s value to LLC), the initiative was formed during talks among society. The Concrete JSI is focused on concrete’s overall Papadopoulos, ACI President Florian Barth, and Henry impact on sustainability and is considering the myriad Batten, Chairman of the National Ready Mixed Concrete environmental issues that are involved in its use, of which Association (NRMCA). It has since enlarged in scope to CO2 emissions are just one of the areas of concern. include 26 concrete-related organizations. In signing the MOU, the organizations as a group agree to deFining ConCrete’S SoCiaL vaLUe concentrate on the sustainable development applications While we know that concrete is the most widely of all concrete structures, defined in the “Joint Declar- used building material worldwide, it is precisely this ation of Industry Vision for a Sustainable Future” as all widespread usage that perhaps causes the general vertical and horizontal applications and concrete products. public to take it for granted. The intrinsic values of The nine declarations of the Concrete JSI charter, which concrete construction may be obvious to industry can be found at www.sustainableconcrete.org, provide insiders, but they will now be communicated pro- the principles and framework to align all the organi- actively through the Concrete JSI. Declaration No. 4 of zations’ efforts and coordinate their resources to support the Concrete JSI (refer to www.sustainableconcrete.org) the goals of advocacy, dissemination of credible and outlines some of the key values to s
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