Sources: CP staff; Wall Street Journal Lehigh Hanson Inc. parent company HeidelbergCement AG ranks 37 among 100 Sustainably Managed Companies that the Wall Street Journal recognizes in its October 14 edition. The concrete, aggregate and cement giant scores 73.2 overall on a list where such scores range from 78.8 (#1, Sony) to 71.1 (#100, International Paper). HeidelbergCement ranks in upper and lower quartiles…Read More
Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt outlined for PCA directors the key changes he envisions for an agency transitioning from the Obama to Trump Administration: 1) restoring respect for the rule of law, 2) ending regulation through litigation, and, 3) establishing cooperative federalism which will restore consistency in permitting and give companies more certainty for their business.Read More
Source: Diesel Technology Forum, Frederick, Md.
Growing adoption of clean diesel systems utilizing Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology is reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency in heavy-duty trucks and smaller vehicles, according to Diesel Technology Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
Billed as a blueprint for a mission supporting public health and the environment across the country, EPA’s 2014–2018 Strategic Plan cites as chief goals: addressing climate change and improving air quality; protecting America’s waters; cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development; ensuring the safety of chemicals; and, protecting human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.Read More
Officials at Titan Concrete announced late last year their company is the first ready mixed producer in the state of Florida and second in the United States to produce environmental product declarations (EPDs) using the Product Category Rules (PCR) of the University of Washington/College of the Built Environment-hosted Carbon Leadership Forum.Read More
The U.S. Green Building Council has marked a turning point in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building program, unveiling LEED v4 last month in Philadelphia, host city for the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Council officials cite among new LEED version highlights:Read More
Source: Concrete Sustainability Hub at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
Seven-term Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL), who served as President Obama’s first term Secretary of Transportation, will keynote this year’s CSHub Showcase, September 25-26 at the Media Lab on the MIT campus.Read More
Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff
“An Introduction to Product Category Rules (PCR), Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Other Aspects of Sustainable Process and Resilient Materials” will be held December 8 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville (Fla.) Riverfront, host venue of ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates standards development meetings.Read More
Sources: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva; CP staff
WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative’s (CSI) new Product Category Rules (PCR) for unreinforced concrete offer producers a common methodology to prepare Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for their mixes. CSI membership includes all multinational companies with integrated North American operations: Argos, CRH, Cemex, GCC, Heidelberg, Holcim, Lafarge, Taiheiyo, Titan and Votorantim.Read More
Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.
NRMCA has become an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program Operator, a designation enabling it to help members meet new requirements in LEED v4, International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products. EPDs are third-party verified reports published by product manufacturers that provide quality assured and comparable information regarding the environmental performance of their product.Read More