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Cement companies dominate 2014 EPA Energy Star manufacturing roster

Sources: CP staff; Environmental Protection Agency

Twenty-seven portland cement mills and grinding operations are among 70 manufacturing sites to achieve EPA Energy Star certification for superior performance last year. Through energy management and efficiency initiatives, agency officials note, the entire group reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons and cut power expenditures $725 million.

 

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Lafarge’s Buffenbarger chairs Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

A coalition of industry institutes and associations representing individuals and companies that design, fabricate, construct, or maintain concrete structures, the Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative (CJSI) has appointed Lafarge Construction Specialist Julie Buffenbarger as chair, plus Portland Cement Association CEO James Toscas and ACI Director of Sustainability and Marketing Kevin Mlutkowski as vice chairs, focusing on advocacy and operations, respectively.

 

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OSHA convenes stakeholders for crane operator certification review

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Jackson Lewis P.C., Reston, Va.; CP staff

The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) will meet March 31-April 1 at the Department of Labor’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to weigh in on a proposed revision of operator qualification requirements in the OSHA Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard.

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Sustainability watchdog: Cement companies score on carbon, energy metrics

Sources: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva; CP staff

An external audit of the multinational producers behind the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative finds high scores in two of seven key CSI Charter areas: 1) Carbon Dioxide and Energy Management and 2) Fuels and Materials Use. Emissions reduction and resource optimization have netted economic savings, improved waste recovery, and nurtured innovation.

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Mutual Materials’ Bowen named 2015 NCMA chairman

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

Capping the 2015 convention in San Antonio, the NCMA board elected Joseph Bowen as chairman for a one-year term, during which he envisions a strategically driven approach that engages and leverages association members to push market growth in an improving economy.

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